Antonia Bifulco

Toni BifulcoAntonia Bifulco joined Middlesex in July 2013, together with the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Centre (CATS) which she co-directs. She was previously at Kingston University, having spent most of her career at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research is focused on social and lifespan influences on psychological disorder and she has investigated childhood experience, adversity and attachment style intergenerationally. She is an advocate of intensive interview measures and together with the CATS team runs training courses for researchers and practitioners on attachment style, childhood neglect/abuse and parenting. She currently directs an ESRC grant on designing an online interview on life events and difficulties in relation to depression and physical illness.

Bifulco is a psychologist who has worked in the area of clinical disorder and psycho-social risk across the lifespan since 1980. Her PhD studies at Bedford College, University of London focused on the long term impact of childhood loss of mother on depression. Her career developed in the Social Research Team headed by Prof. George Brown and Tirril Harris, investigating life stress, vulnerability and depression in women. In 1990 on Prof. Brown’s retirement she took over the team renamed the ‘Lifespan Research Group’ and completed an MRC programme grant. The team continued with a more applied focus after that time, working together with voluntary and statutory health and social care agencies to help improve assessment and practice.

Bifulco earned her BA Psychology from University of Exeter; Postgraduate  Diploma in Social Science and PhD in Social Science both from University of London. She is also a fellow of Royal Society of Arts; Associate Fellow, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist at British Psychological Society.

Credits to Middlesex University

Published: 12 May 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015