Department of Psychology

Dr Rachel Hiller

Research Officer
10W 3.15
Tel 01225 383794


Dr Rachel Hiller is a Prize Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology. Her research primarily focuses on identifying social and cognitive processes linked to mental health outcomes for children following trauma, with a particular interest in young people who have experienced multiple traumas or maltreatment, and translating this information to improve evidence-based treatments.

Rachel first joined the Department of Psychology in 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher, working on an ESRC-funded project (PI: Dr Sarah Halligan) exploring how parenting may hinder or facilitate children’s psychological adjustment following trauma. Prior to this she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University, where her research focussed on improving understanding of how autism spectrum disorder presents in females. Her clinical psychology work has primarily been in the areas of child and adolescent anxiety and sleep disorders.

Rachel’s main research explores pathways to mental health and functional outcomes following abuse or neglect, for children and teens in the care system. Her other line of research is interested in support and coping following trauma, when experienced in the context of other significant adversities, with a focus on children and teens living in a large urban Township in South Africa. In 2017 she will begin an ESRC Future Research Leader grant to support her work on children in care.

Research interests

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Child trauma and the development of PTSD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder



Williamson, V., Creswell, C., Fearon, P., Hiller, R. M., Walker, J. and Halligan, S. L., 2017. The role of parenting behaviors in childhood post-traumatic stress disorder:a meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 53, pp. 1-13.

Lovato, N., Short, M., Micic, G., Hiller, R. and Gradisar, M., 2017. An investigation of the longitudinal relationship between sleep and depressed mood in developing teens. Nature and Science of Sleep, 2017 (9), pp. 3-10.

Hiller, R., Halligan, S., Tomlinson, M., Stewart, J., Skeen, S. and Christie, H., 2017. Forthcoming. Post-Trauma Coping in the Context of Significant Adversity: A Qualitative Study of Young People Living in an Urban Township in South Africa. BMJ Open

Hiller, R. M., Meiser-Stedman, R., Fearon, P., Lobo, S., MacKinnon, A., Fraser, A. and Halligan, S. L., 2016. Changes in the prevalence and symptom severity of child PTSD in the year following trauma:a meta-analytic study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57 (8), pp. 884-898.

Hiller, R. M., Apetroaia, A., Clarke, K., Hughes, Z., Orchard, F., Parkinson, M. and Creswell, C., 2016. The effect of targeting tolerance of children's negative emotions among anxious parents of children with anxiety disorders:a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 42, pp. 52-59.

Hiller, R., Halligan, S., Ariyanayagam, R., Dalgleish, T., Smith, P., Yule, W., Glucksman, E., Watson, P. and Meiser-Stedman, R., 2016. Predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories in parents of children exposed to motor vehicle collisions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41 (1), pp. 108-116.

Hiller, R., Young, R. and Weber, N., 2016. Sex differences in pre-diagnosis concerns for children later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 20 (1), pp. 75-84.

Hiller, R., Johnston, A., Dohnt, H., Lovato, N. and Gradisar, M., 2015. Assessing cognitive processes related to insomnia:A review and measurement guide for Harvey's cognitive model for the maintenance of insomnia. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 23, pp. 46-53.

Hiller, R. M., Weber, N. and Young, R. L., 2014. The validity and scalability of the theory-of-mind scale with toddlers and pre-schoolers. Psychological Assessment, 26 (4), pp. 1388-1393.

Hiller, R. M., Young, R. and Weber, N., 2014. Sex Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder based on DSM-5 Criteria:Evidence from Clinician and Teacher Reporting. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42 (8), 1381 - 1393.

Hiller, R. M., Lovato, N., Gradisar, M., Oliver, M. and Slater, A., 2014. Trying to fall asleep while catastrophising:what sleep-disordered adolescents think and feel. Sleep Medicine, 15 (1), pp. 96-103.

Hiller, R.M. and Weber, N., 2013. A comparison of adults' and children's metacognition for yes/no recognition decisions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2 (3), pp. 185-191.

Conference or Workshop Items

Hiller, R., 2017. Static predictors of the emotional and behavioural wellbeing of children in care: a service data study. In: European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, 2017-06-01 - 2017-06-04.

Hiller, R., 2017. Symposium: Child Post-Trauma Adjustment in a Family Context: The Role of Parenting from Conceptualisation to Treatment:The role of parenting style and behaviours in predicting child post-traumatic stress reactions. In: European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, 2017-06-01 - 2017-06-04.

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