My research activities focus on developing effective trauma focused interventions for a range of different client groups. Current research activities include:

– Investigating the efficacy of psychoeducational interventions for complex interpersonal trauma.

– Investigating the efficacy of interventions for violent and repeat female offenders.

– Understanding the connection between interpersonal trauma, offending and early maladaptive schemas

– Understanding the role of compassion in therapeutic responses to offending and trauma

Recent publications include:


Mahoney, A., Karatzias, T., Halliday, K., & Dougal, N. (2019). How important are phase 1 interventions for complex interpersonal trauma? A pilot randomised control trial of a group psychoeducational intervention. Submitted for publication
 Karatzias, T., Shevlin, M., Pitcairn, J. Thomson, L., Mahoney, A., & Hyland, P. (2019). Childhood Adversity and Psychosis in Detained Inpatients: An Analysis of the Scottish Census Survey. Child Abuse and Neglect, 96, 104094.
Mahoney, A., Karatzias, T., & Hutton, P. (2019). A systematic review and meta-analysis of group treatments for adults with symptoms associated with complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 243, 305–321.
Howard, R., Karatzias, T., Power, K.G. & Mahoney, A. (2017). From Childhood Trauma to Self-Harm: An Investigation of Theoretical Pathways among Female Prisoners, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24 (4), 942-951.  
Howard, R., Karatzias, T., Power, K. & Mahoney, A. (2017). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms mediate the relationship between substance misuse and violent offending among female prisoners. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52 (1), 21–25.  
Mahoney, A., Chouliara, Z., & Karatzias, T. (2015). Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP): an exploration of gender responsivity and treatment acceptance issues for female prisoners. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 26 (6), 798-823.  
Ball, S., Karatzias, T., Mahoney, A., Ferguson, S. & Pate, K. (2013). Interpersonal trauma in female offenders: a new, brief, group intervention delivered in a community based setting. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 24(6), 795-802.  
Mahoney, A., & Karatzias, T. (2012). Violent Female Offending: An Exploration of Repeat and One-Time Offending. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health,11 (3),191-202.  
Mahoney, A. (2012). Working with survivors of sexual abuse and complex trauma in prisons. Forensic Update, 106, 47-50.