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Sleep, Resilience and Mental Health

Liz’s research interests focus on the well-being of individuals with a focus on populations with mental health diagnosis, disabilities, and chronic illness, along with their families and wider support networks. Liz was trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and has worked on projects focusing on the behavioural sleep treatment of veteran populations in the US and children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism. Liz is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Director at the Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome UK Support Group. In addition to her academic work Liz is the founder of Treat My Sleep which offers therapy, consultancy, and educational workshops in behavioural sleep. 





Dimitriou, D. & Halstead E.J. (2020) Chapter 11: Sleep-Related learning in Williams Syndrome and Down’s Syndrome. Child Development and Behavior, Vol 60. In press.


Halstead, E.J., Leavitt, V., Fiore, D., Mueser, K.T (2020). A Feasibility Study of a Manualized Resilience-Based Telehealth Program for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their Support Partners. Multiple Sclerosis Journal: Experimental, Translation and Clinical. In press.


Dimitriou, D. Adams, J. & Halstead, E.J. (2020) Autistic adults are in a silent crisis in COVID-19 lockdown. ASD Wales. Available for download:


Halstead, E. J., Stanley, J., Fiore, D., & Mueser, K. T. (2020). The Impact of Cognitive Impairment in Adults with Multiple Sclerosis and Their Family Caregivers. International Journal of MS Care. In press.


Halstead E.J, Stanley J. Greer, J. (2019) Social and Psychological Stressors. Chapter in J.L. Matson (ed.). Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities. Integrating Theory, Research and Practice. Autism and Child Psychopathology Series,


Halstead, E. J., Hastings, R. P., & Griffith, G. M. (2018). Evidence for the Protective and Compensatory Functions of Resilience in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2(2), 216-223.

Halstead, E., Ekas, N., Hastings, R. P., & Griffith, G. M. (2018). Associations between resilience and the well-being of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 48(4), 1108-1121.

Halstead, E. J., Griffith, G. M., & Hastings, R. P. (2017). Social support, coping, and positive perceptions as potential protective factors for the well-being of mothers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 64(4-5), 288-296.


Halstead E.J. (2015). Managing Challenging Behaviour Factsheet. Cerebra. Download

Parahoo, K., McDonough, S., McCaughan, E., Noyes, J., Semple, C., Halstead, E. J., ... & Dahm, P. (2015). Psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer: a Cochrane systematic review. BJU international, 116(2), 174-183.

Parahoo K, McDonough S, McCaughan E, Noyes J, Semple C, Halstead EJ, Neuberger MM, Dahm P. Psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008529. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008529.pub3.

Turley, R. L., Weightman, A. L., Halstead, E., Morgan, H. E., Morgan, F., Noyes, J., ... & Whitehead, S. (2012). Managing overweight and obesity among children and young people: lifestyle weight management services. review 2: the barriers and facilitators to implementing lifestyle weight management programmes for children and young people.


Turley, R. L., Morgan, H. E., Noyes, J., Weightman, A. L., Morgan, F., Whitehead, S., & Halstead, E. (2012). Tobacco: harm-reduction approaches to smoking Review 4: Barriers and facilitators to implementing tobacco harm reduction approaches; including user and provider perspectives.


Conference presentations

Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis, Seattle, A Pilot Single-Center Study of a Manualized Resilience-Based Telehealth Program for Support Partners of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis, May, 2019.


Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis, Nashville, Identifying the Unmet Needs of Adults with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Experiencing Cognitive Difficulties and their Support Partners. May, 2018.


International Conference on Research and The Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, Maternal Depression and Family Life Events as Risk Factors for Behavioural and Emotional Problems in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Function of Child Resilience as a Compensatory Factor in this Relationship. Apr, 2017.


Symposium organised and chaired: International Conference on Research and The Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, Parent Well-Being of Youth with Developmental Disabilities: Implications and Interventions. Apr 2017.


International Conference on Research and The Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, Does Resilience Function as a Protective or Compensatory Factor for the Well-Being of Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities?  Apr 2016.


International Conference on Research and The Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, New Orleans, Protective Factors of Support, Coping, and Positive Perceptions for Mothers of Children With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Apr 2015.



The Power of Sleep


Functional Fitness: Sleep


Talking Resilience with Dr Elizabeth Halstead


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