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Prof Karen McKenzie


Department: Psychology

Prof Karen McKenzie is a chartered clinical psychologists who has worked in the intellectual disability specialty, both within the NHS and voluntary sector, for many years. She joined Northumbria as Professor of Psychology in 2014 after working for a number of years at the University of Edinburgh. She co-developed the ‘Learning Disability Screening Questionnaire’ and ‘Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire’ both of which are used nationally and internationally in clinical and forensic settings.

Campus Address

Room NB161, Northumberland Building
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A quantitative evaluation of a regional Positive Behavioural Support workforce development approach, McKenzie, K., Murray, G., Martin, R., Murray, A., Metcalfe, D. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Developmental Cascades from Aggression to Internalizing Problems Via Peer and Teacher Relationships from Early to Middle Adolescence, Murray, A., Obsuth, I., Speyer, L., Murray, G., McKenzie, K., Eisner, M., Ribeaud, D. 1 Apr 2021, In: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
  • Effects of dance on mood and potential of dance as a mental health intervention, McKenzie, K., Bowes, R., Murray, K. 6 May 2021, In: Mental Health Practice
  • Evaluating an evidence-based online screening tool to identify learning disability, McKenzie, K., Murray, A., Thompson, J., Horridge, K., McCarty, K. 1 Apr 2021, In: Learning Disability Practice
  • Exploring the relative importance of factors that influence the job retention of social care staff working in intellectual disability services, Murray, G., McKenzie, K., Metcalfe, D., Whelan, K., Murray, A. 19 Jan 2021, In: British Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • Improving recruitment and retention in learning disability services, McKenzie, K., Metcalfe, D., Whelan, K., McNall, A. 1 Apr 2021, In: Nursing times
  • ‘It's been adapted rather than impacted’: A qualitative evaluation of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the positive behavioural support of people with an intellectual disability and/or autism, McKenzie, K., Murray, G., Martin, R. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • The barriers and facilitators to a career in mental health nursing, McKenzie, K., Cooper, M., Martin, R., Murray, K., Baguley, C., Chiscop, A. 1 Feb 2021, In: Nursing Times
  • The impact of COVID‐19 restrictions in the United Kingdom on the positive behavioural support of people with an intellectual disability, Murray, G., McKenzie, K., Martin, R., Murray, A. 1 Jun 2021, In: British Journal of Learning Disabilities
  • The use of an implementation science theoretical framework to inform the development of a region wide Positive Behavioural Support Workforce Development approach, McKenzie, K., McNall, A., Noone, S., Branch, A., Murray, G., Sherring, M., Jones, L., Thompson, J., Chaplin, J. 1 May 2021, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

PGR Supervision

  • Chantelle Francis An exploration into the main school-related factors that influence the psychological wellbeing of children. Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Dale Metcalfe Promoting identification of people with Autism: Developing a behavioural screen for people with a Learning Disability. Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 21/01/2021


  • Clinical Psychology DPhil July 01 2014
  • Practitioner Psychologist Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) 2014
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society (BPS) 2014
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2008

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