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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Sania Shakoor

Lecturer in Mental Health, Centre for Psychiatry

Telephone: + 44 020 7882 6783
Room Number: 2.07, Old Anatomy Building


I am a Lecturer in mental health on the MSc Psychological Therapies course. I completed my PhD in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry at Kings College London. I have experience in lecturing and supervising students on a variety of topics related to psychopathology, child development, individual differences, environmental and genetic factors. My overarching research interests lie within the development of child and adolescent mental health problems (i.e. psychotic experiences). To date my work has utilised genetically sensitive longitudinal data from large cohorts to explore underlying mechanisms (i.e. environmental adversities, cognitive processing etc.) that shape the mental health of vulnerable individuals. Most recently, my work and collaborations are directed towards investigating different forms of victimisation amongst minority groups (i.e. intimate partner violence and Islamophobia).



Research Interests:

Development of mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (i.e. psychotic experiences)

Interpersonal violence (i.e. bullying and intimate partner violence)

Genetic and environmental influences which contribute to risk and promote resilience to interpersonal violence and mental health difficulties

Prevalence and experiences of violence and mental health difficulties in minority groups


Please click through to see a complete list of Sania's publications


Outstanding publications 

  1. Shakoor, S., Theobald, D., Ttofi, M.M., Farrington, D.P (2020) Intergenerational Continuity of Intimate Partner Violence: an investigation of possible mechanisms. Journal of Interpersonal Violence: epub
  2. Shakoor, S., McGuire, P., Cardno, A.G., Freeman, D., Ronald, A. (2018) A twin study exploring the association between childhood emotional and behaviour problems and specific psychotic experiences in a community sample of adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 59, 565-573.
  3. Shakoor, S., Zavos, H., Haworth, C.M.A., McGuire, P., Cardno, A.G., Freeman, D., Ronald, A. (2016) Association between stressful life events and psychotic experiences in adolescence: evidence for gene-environment correlations. British Journal of Psychiatry 208: 532-538
  4. Shakoor, S., Zavos, H., McGuire, P., Cardno, A.G., Freeman, D, Plomin, R., Ronald, A. (2015) Psychotic experiences and cannabis use are linked in adolescence because of common environmental risk factors: No evidence for a shared genetic propensity. Psychiatry Research 30: 144-51
  5. Shakoor, S., McGuire, P., Cardno, A.G., Freeman, D., Plomin, R., Ronald, A. (2015) A shared genetic propensity underlies experiences of bullying victimization in late childhood and self-rated paranoid thinking in adolescence. Schizophrenia Bulletin 41: 754-63.
  6. Bowes, L., Maughan, B., Ball, H., Shakoor, S., Ouellet-Morin, I., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L. (2013) Chronic bullying victimization across school transitions: The role of genetic and environmental influences. Development and Psychopathology 25: 333-346
  7. Shakoor, S., Jaffee, S.R., Bowes, L., Ouellet-Morin, I., Andreou, P., Happé, F., Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L., (2012). A prospective longitudinal study of children’s theory of mind and adolescent involvement in bullying. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 53:254-261
  8. Shakoor, S., Jaffee, S., Andreou, P., Bowes, L., Ambler, A.P., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T.E., Arseneault, L. (2011) Mothers and children as informants of bullying victimisation: Results from an epidemiological cohort of children. Journal of abnormal child psychology 39:379-387
  9. Ouellet-Morin, I., Odgers, C.L., Danese, A., Bowes, L., Shakoor, S., Papadopoulos, A.S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L. (2011). Blunted cortisol responses to stress signal social and behavioral problems among maltreated/bullied 12 year-old children. Biological Psychiatry 70:1016-1023
  10. Ouellet-Morin, I., Danese, A., Bowes, L., Shakoor, S., Ambler, A.P., Pariante, C., Papadopoulos, a., Caspi,A., Moffitt, T.E., Arseneault, L. (2011) A discordant MZ twin design shows blunted cortisol reactivity among bullied children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 50: 574-582
  11. Arseneault, L., Bowes, L., Shakoor, S. (2010) Bullying victimization in youths and mental health problems: 'Much ado about nothing'? Psychological Medicine 40:717-729.
  12. Riazi, A., Shakoor, S., Dundas, I., Eiser, C., McKenzie, S.A. (2010) Health-related quality of life in a mixed-ethnic clinical sample of obese children and adolescents. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 8:134-139
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