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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

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  • 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. 26 Jan 2021, In: Mental Health 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
  • ‘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. 22 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • 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. 24 Feb 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
  • The use of therapeutic untruths by staff supporting people with an intellectual disability who display behaviours that challenge, McKenzie, K., Armitage, B., Murray, G., James, I. 1 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Validation of a brief self-report measure of adolescent bullying perpetration and victimisation: the Zurich Brief Bullying Scales (ZBBS), Murray, A., Eisner, M., Ribeaud, D., Kaiser, ., McKenzie, K., Murray, G. 1 Jan 2021, In: Assessment
  • An evaluation of the distribution properties, factor structure, and item response profile of an assessment of emotion recognition, McKenzie, K., Murray, A., Murray, K., O'Donnell, M., Murray, G., Metcalfe, D., McCarty, K. Mar 2020, In: Heliyon
  • An exploration of the factors influencing career choice in mental health, McKenzie, K., Murray, A., Cooper, M., Martin, R., Murray, K., Baguley, C., Chiscop, A. 1 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Clinical Nursing

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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