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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., Speyer, L., Eisner, M., Ribeaud, D., Obsuth, I., Murray, G., McKenzie, K. 4 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
  • 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’, McKenzie, K., Murray, G., Martin, R. 10 Jan 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
  • An evaluation of an evidence-based online screening tool to help identify learning disability, McKenzie, K., Murray, A., Thompson, J., Horridge, K., McCarty, K. 19 Jun 2020, In: Learning Disability Practice
  • 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
  • Developing recommendations to improve the recruitment and retention of staff who support people with an intellectual disability, McKenzie, K., Metcalfe, D., Whelan, K., McNall, A. 15 Jun 2020, In: Nursing times
  • Factors influencing the self-esteem of children with a severe or profound learning disability: A pilot study, McKenzie, K., Murray, G., Derries, P. 28 May 2020, In: Learning Disability Practice
  • “Look, all our hard work is paying off”, McKenzie, K., Martin, R., Metcalfe, D., Murray, G., McNall, A., Noone, S. 1 Nov 2020, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities


  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Chantelle Francis Start: 01/03/2020
  • Dale Metcalfe Promoting identification of people with Autism: Developing a behavioural screen for people with a Learning Disability. Start: 01/10/2017

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