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Dr. Kristin Hadfield

Assistant Professor (Psychology)

Dr. Kristin Hadfield is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology and the Trinity Centre for Global Health. Dr Hadfield completed her PhD in psychology at Trinity College Dublin in 2015. Following this, she worked as a visiting research specialist in the Department of Health Systems Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2015), a postdoctoral research fellow at the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University (2015-2017), and as an assistant professor of positive psychology at Queen Mary University of London (2017-2020). Dr Hadfield's research focuses on how the resilience, wellbeing, and mental health of young people can best be promoted. She is interested in what makes children and adolescents thrive when faced with adverse or challenging contexts. She has the following research streams: First, she explores how to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children living in humanitarian crisis contexts. To this end, she currently co-leads a British Academy-funded project (with Isabelle Mareschal, Queen Mary University of London) based in Jordan which combines a qualitative component with a randomized controlled trial to create a toolkit for effectively developing and implementing non-formal education resources for use with refugee children. This project will allow for an understanding of how an education intervention may impact children's educational trajectories during war and displacement, and how effective interventions can be implemented in other humanitarian crisis contexts. She has previously been involved with projects conducting randomized controlled trials of educational, psychosocial, and positive psychology-based interventions in Jordan, Zambia, and refugee camps in Greece. These projects use a multi-method approach to examine changes at multiple levels (psychological, physiological, cognitive, etc). Second, Dr Hadfield studies maternal stress and resilience during pregnancy and how this impacts later child health and wellbeing. She currently co-leads a UK Medical Research Council project (with Gilbert Abiiro, University for Development Studies) to examine how pregnancy-related anxiety is conceptualized among pregnant women in northern Ghana and how it can best be measured among this population. In a separate project, Dr Hadfield and a team of researchers are seeking to advance understanding of prenatal influences on the development of mental health problems. Using the CANDLE data, Dr Hadfield is examining the effects of protective factors during pregnancy and early childhood. Finally, she studies the conditions under which changes in family structure can cause stress and what might ameliorate that stress. Dr Hadfield explores the circumstances under which family structure transitions can be positive for health and wellbeing, as well as how to reduce the stress of family transitions. She uses secondary datasets to understand the impacts of family structure transitions on children worldwide.
  CHILD DEVELOPMENT   Children/Youth   FAMILY   Global Mental Health   Humanitarianism   RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS   Refugees   resilience   Risk and resilience   Wellbeing
 Family Intervention for Empowerment through Reading and Education (FIERCE)
 Building a partnership to understand and promote child refugee wellbeing in Uganda
 Understanding and measuring pregnancy-related anxiety in low- and middle-income contexts: A pilot study in northern Ghana
 Effects of early childhood trauma on the development of healthy interpersonal skills
 A systematic review of the impacts of pollution on child mental health

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Hadfield K., Amos M., Ungar M., Gosselin J., Ganong L., Do Changes to Family Structure Affect Child and Family Outcomes? A Systematic Review of the Instability Hypothesis, Journal of Family Theory and Review, 10, (1), 2018, p87 - 110, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Panter-Brick C., Eggerman M., Ager A., Hadfield K., Dajani R., Measuring the psychosocial, biological, and cognitive signatures of profound stress in humanitarian settings: impacts, challenges, and strategies in the field, Conflict and Health, 14, (1), 2020, p1-7 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Panter-Brick C., Hadfield K., Dajani R., Eggerman M., Ager A., Ungar M., Resilience in Context: A Brief and Culturally Grounded Measure for Syrian Refugee and Jordanian Host-Community Adolescents, Child Development, 89, (5), 2018, p1803 - 1820, p1803-1820 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kristin Hadfield, Aly Ostrowski, Michael Ungar, What can we expect of the mental health and well-being of Syrian refugee children and adolescents in Canada?, Canadian Psychology, 2017, p1-29 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Julia Michalek, Matteo Lisi, Nicola Binetti, Sumeyye Ozkaya, Kristin Hadfield, Rana Dajani, Isabelle Mareschal , War‐related trauma linked to increased sustained attention to threat in children, Child Development, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Linda C Theron, Yael Abreu-Villaça, Marcus Augusto-Oliveira, Caroline Brennan, Maria Elena Crespo-Lopez, Gabriela de Paula Arrifano, Lilah Glazer, Netsai Gwata, Liyuan Lin, Isabelle Mareschal, Shiri Mermelstein, Luke Sartori, Liesl Stieger, Andres Trotta, Kristin Hadfield, A systematic review of the mental health risks and resilience among pollution-exposed adolescents, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Dajani R., Hadfield K., van Uum S., Greff M., Panter-Brick C., Hair cortisol concentrations in war-affected adolescents: A prospective intervention trial, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 89, 2018, p138 - 146, p138-146 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Alexandra Chen, Catherine Panter-Brick, Kristin Hadfield, Rana Dajani, Amar Hamoudi, Margaret Sheridan, Minds Under Siege: Cognitive Signatures of Poverty and Trauma in Refugee and Non-Refugee Adolescents, Child Development, 90, (6), 2019, p1856 - 1865, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Panter-Brick C., Wiley K., Sancilio A., Dajani R., Hadfield K., C-reactive protein, Epstein-Barr virus, and cortisol trajectories in refugee and non-refugee youth: Links with stress, mental health, and cognitive function during a randomized controlled trial, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 87, 2020, p207 - 217, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Michalek, J. and Lisi, M. and Binetti, N. and Ozkaya, S. and Hadfield, K. and Dajani, R. and Mareschal, I., War-related trauma linked to increased sustained attention to threat in children, Child Development, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Kristin Hadfield, Luke Sartori, Dominic Akaateba, Kelly Hadfield, Hamideh Bayrampour, Gilbert Abiiro, 'Measurement of pregnancy-related anxiety worldwide', PROSPERO, 2020, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Resilience to Prenatal Stress in, editor(s)Orit Taubman - Ben-Ari , Pathways and Barriers to Parenthood, Springer , 2019, pp127 - 153, [Michael Ungar, Kristin Hadfield, Nicole BushAmélie Quesnel-ValléeIgor Pekelny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Michele Grossman, Michael Ungar, Joshua Brisson, Vivian Gerrand, Kristin Hadfield ,and Philip Jefferies, Understanding Youth Resilience to Violent Extremism: A Standardised Research Measure, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED
Clukay, CJ; Matarazzo, A; Dajani, R; Hadfield, K; Panter-Brick, C; Mulligan, CJ, FAAH, SLC6A4, and BDNF variants are not associated with psychosocial stress and mental health outcomes in a population of Syrian refugee youth, BioRxiv, 2019, p1-16 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Linda Theron, Yael Abreu-Villaça, Marcus Augusto-Oliveira, Caroline Brennan, Maria Elena Crespo-Lopez, Gabriela de Paula Arrifano, Lilah Glazer, Liyuan Lin, Isabelle Mareschal, Luke Sartori, Liesl Stieger, Andres Trotta, & Kristin Hadfield, 'Effects of Pollution on Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Protocol for a Systematic Review', Research Square, 2020, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED