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Anne Lazenbatt

BSc [Hons] Psychology, DPhil
Reader - NSPCC Reader in Childhood Studies, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Room 1.027, 6 College Park
Ext 5984; e-mail:

Anne is a health psychologist and NSPCC Reader in Childhood Studies. Her first degree and her doctoral work are in psychology. She joined the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work in December 2006, and took up post as NSPCC Reader in August 2007. She joined Queen's in 1997 as Head of Research & Graduate Studies, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and then became Associate Head of School for Research and Development from 2001 to 2003.

Her research interests are focused in two main areas. One deals with 'vulnerability, stress, violence and abuse', with particular emphasis on the child protection and the interface between health and social care. This theme is underpinned by debates around stress, parenting, domestic violence, violence in pregnancy, sexual violence, attrition rates of child sexual abuse in the criminal justice system, safeguarding, maternal health, social exclusion and inequality. A second research theme concentrates on the development of 'theoretical and methodological models of evaluation of health and social care'.

Teaching Interests

Psychological approaches to researching childhood, evaluation and effectiveness in health and social care, maternal and child health, child protection, child and adolescent emotional and mental health


Book Chapters

Lazenbatt A. (2012) Recognizing the Co-occurrence of Child and Domestic Abuse in Pregnancy and the First Postnatal Year, in (ed Muela, A.)  Child Abuse and Neglect - A Multidimensional Approach, ISBN 978-953-51-0671-5.

Lazenbatt, A. (2009) Violence in pregnancy, in Safeguarding Children in Primary Care: A guide for practitioners working in community settings, Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Lazenbatt, A. Taylor, J. (2013) A Critical Review of Fabricated Induced Illness in Children, Child Care in Practice (in press)

Lazenbatt, A. Bunting, L. And  Taylor, J. (2012) Consequences of infant maltreatment on child wellbeing, British Journal of Mental Health Vol 1:3, p.171-175.

Mooney, S. McMullan, F. Lazenbatt, A. Kelly, B.  (2012) How can healthcare provision help young people cope with cancer? Medicine Today, April

Devaney, J. Lazenbatt, A. and Bunting, L. (2011) "Inquiring into Non-Accidental Child Deaths – Reviewing the Review Process Ireland British Journal of Social Work, 41:2, 242 -260.

Lazenbatt, A. Taylor, J. (2011) "Fabricated Induced Illness in Children" NSPCC Briefing Paper: London: NSPCC.

Lazenbatt, A.  (2010) What we know about the health and mental health effects of child sexual abuse on children, NSPCC Briefing Paper: London: NSPCC

Lazenbatt, A. (2010) Healthy Settings: A Framework for Safeguarding in Maternity Services Perspectives in Public Health 2010 as doi:10.1177/1757913909360467

McMahon, M., Devaney, J. and Lazenbatt, A. (2009) The role of theory in promoting social work values and its potential effect on outcomes in work with domestically violent men. Irish Probation Journal, Vol 6: 151-170.

Lazenbatt, A. (2009) Safeguarding and Promoting Children in Maternity Services - Implications for Policy and Practice, Child Care in Practice, 15:4: 313-326.

Bunting, L. Lazenbatt, A. and Wallace, I. (2009) Professionals’ Barriers to Reporting Child Maltreatment Concerns, Child Abuse Review ( DOI: 10.1002/car.1076

Lazenbatt, A. Cree, L.  (2009) Recognizing the co-occurrence of domestic and child abuse: a comparison of community and hospital-based midwives, Health and Social Care in the Community 17(4), 358–370.

Lazenbatt, A, Themessl-Huber, M, and Taylor, J. (2008)   Overcoming health inequalities: A participative evaluation framework fit for the task. The Journal of Royal Society for the Promotion of Health [JRSH] 128 (3): 118-123

Lazenbatt, A. Taylor, J. and Cree, L. (2008) A Healthy Settings Framework: an evaluation and comparison of midwives’ responses to addressing domestic violence in pregnancy, Midwifery [on-line]

Lazenbatt, A. and Freeman, R. (2008) Recognizing and reporting child physical abuse: a cross sectional survey of primary health care professionals, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 56, 3: 227- 237.

Lazenbatt, A. Cree, L, F., and  McMurray (2005) The use of exploratory factor analysis in evaluating midwives’ attitudes and stereotypical myths related to the identification and management of domestic violence in practice. Midwifery: an international journal, 21, 322-334.

Lynch, U; Lazenbatt, A; O’Neill, E; Lynch, G; and Freeman, R. (2005) Making Equity a Reality: evaluating oral health promotion in a psychiatric setting, International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing, Vol 10, January issue 2.

Lazenbatt, A and McMurray, F. (2004) Using Participatory Rapid Appraisal as a tool to assess women’s health needs in Northern Ireland, Health Education, Vol 104, No 3, 174-187.

Clark, E; McCann, TV; Rowe, K. And  Lazenbatt, A. (2004) Cognitive dissonance and undergraduate nursing students’ knowledge of, and attitudes about, smoking. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46:6, 586-593.

Lazenbatt, A., Russell, M; Freeman, R. and Marcenus, W. (2004) Child physical abuse: health professionals’ perceptions, diagnosis and responses, British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol 9, no 8: 291- 298.

Freeman, R; Russell, M; Lazenbatt, A. and  Marcenes, W. (2003) Victoria Climbie, can we get the lessons right?  British Medical Journal, [rapid response letter] February.

Funded and Commissioned Reports

Devaney, J., Bunting, L., Davidson, G., Hayes, D., Lazenbatt, A. and Spratt, T. (2012) The Impact of Early Childhood Experiences on Adolescent Suicide and Accidental Death. Belfast: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Devaney, J., Lazenbatt, A. and Geraghty, T. (2012) Contact: Researching the past to shape the future. Belfast, Contact NI.

Devaney, J. and Lazenbatt, A. (2011) The Pilot Crisis Response Service for Callers to the Lifeline Service Impacted by the Sexual Violence Public Awareness Campaign (Nov – Apr 2010): An Evaluation. Belfast, Contact NI.

Hayes, D, Bunting, L. Lazenbatt, A. Carr, N. and Duffy, J. (2011) "The Experiences of Young Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings in Northern Ireland" May 2011.

Lazenbatt, A. and Devaney, J. (2010) Older Women's Lifelong Experiences of Coping with Domestic Violence in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Changing Ageing Partnership.,190610,en.pdf

Devaney, J. and Lazenbatt, A. (2010) ‘Evaluation of Contact Youth’s Sexual Violence Public Awareness Campaign (2009-2010)’ October 2010.

Lazenbatt, A., Devaney, J. and Bunting, L. (2009) An evaluation of the Case Management Review process in Northern Ireland and a scoping exercise of adverse incident reporting and alternative investigative systems. Belfast: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.