Our Mission

The mission of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research (ACTR) is to conduct high quality trauma-related research, provide short training courses, and undertake consultancy.

Recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in the field of trauma, much of our research is multidisciplinary in nature and embraces trauma-related issues within the clinical, educational, and occupational domains. Consequently, our research overlaps significantly with each of the Institute Themes.

Our key research focus is the development and evaluation of evidence-based practices in the trauma response management of military and emergency service personnel.

Aims:

  • Conduct high quality research into various aspects of trauma
  • Support evidence-based clinical practice
  • Provide training courses on a number of trauma-related topics including disaster response management, critical incident and emergency response management, and psychological first aid
  • Provide consultancy

 

Contact

Prof. Susan Klein
Director, Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
Principal Member, Theme Leader Neurological & Mental Health
Institute for Health & Welfare Research

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263102
Email: s.klein@rgu.ac.uk

Location

Level 3 of the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Garthdee, room H313.

A map and directions for getting to the Garthdee Campus can be found on the Campus Map

Literature

Available literature for the centre

ACTR Flyer

The Team

Core Staff

Prof Susan Klein
MA(Hons) PhD Cert COSCA

Director, Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
Principal Member, Theme Leader Neurological & Mental Health
Institute for Health & Welfare Research

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263102
Email: s.klein@rgu.ac.uk


Associate Members

Emeritus Professor David A Alexander
MA(Hons) CPsychol PhD FBPS FRSM (Hons)FRCPsych

Former Director, Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
Associate Member, Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)
Special Advisor, Police Service Scotland. 

E-mail: ext.alexander1@rgu.ac.uk

Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown
Associate Lecturer, Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
Fulbright Police Research Fellow
Deputy Head of Leadership & Professional Development
Scottish Police College

Tel: +44(0)1259 732034
E-mail: Andrew.Brown@spsa.pnn.police.uk

Inspector Craig J Menzies
BA MSc

Associate Lecturer, Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
Practitioner Fellow, Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)

Operational Command Programme Co-ordinator
Scottish Police College

Tel: +44(0)1259 732216
E-mail: +44(0)1259 732100


Associate Postgraduate Students

Ms Midj Falconer
BSc (Hons) MBPsS

Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Studentship, PhD candidate

Maj Kevin J Forbes
MA(Hons) DipHEN MSc PgCTLT RGN RNT QARANC(V)

Headley Court Trust Fellow, PhD candidate

Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown
Institute for Health & Welfare Research, Doctorate in Professional Practice candidate

Inspector Craig J Menzies
BA MSc

Institute for Health & Welfare Research, Doctorate in Professional Practice candidate

 

Research

Current Projects:

Police (Special Ops) Research Group
Recently established to undertake innovative research into various aspects of crisis management by the police service to ensure that policing operations and the training of officers are evidence-based (including hostage/crisis negotiators and Authorised Firearms Officers [AFOs]). Funded by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), related research is being undertaken on: (i) the “epidemiology” of hostage-related and other incidents to which police negotiators are deployed; (ii) the perceived value of their deployment, and (iii) resilience displayed by police officers in the face of “critical incidents”.

Psychosocial Response to Major Incidents
Commissioned by the Department of Health (DOH)/NATO, we provided an evidence-base for the psychosocial response to major incidents (including terrorist events) to which all NATO countries have now signed up.

To develop further some of its recommendations, the DoH has commissioned a project team to define the appropriate skills for emergency personnel in relation to a psychosocial response.

Long Term Managment of Combat-related Injuries
Funded by the Headley Court Trust, the aims of this three year longitudinal case-control study are to identify in combat-injured personnel the:

(i) durability of psychiatric and psychosocial gains from rehabilitation following combat-related injury, and
(ii) impact of combat-related injury on the partners of military personnel in terms of mental health, psychosocial adjustment, and relationships.

British Social Attitudes Towards the Military and Contemporary Conflict
Based on the outcome of a scoping review conducted by the ACTR and commissioned by the Scottish Government, we are working in collaboration with the Department of War Studies and King’s Centre for Military Health Research (King’s College London), on a two-year ESRC-funded study to explore public attitudes towards Service and ex-Service personnel (veterans) and their views on the recent conflict in Iraq and the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan.

The work involves the development and evaluation of a new topic module of questions within the 2011 British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA); an annual survey conducted under the aegis of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).

Training

Higher Degrees

The ACTR offers opportunities for higher degrees in trauma-related research.

CPD Workshops

With the increasing threat of major incidents and terrorist activity, the need for organisations to consider extending their concept of 'Duty of Care' has heightened the need for training in the domains of emergency response and hostage negotiation. The ACTR can provide CPD Workshops on the following themes:

  • Major incident preparedness and responses
  • Hostage taking/survival and family reactions
  • Evidence-based mental health interventions after trauma
  • Normal and pathological reactions to trauma
  • Normal and pathological reactions to bereavement