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Lynne Murray

Lynne Murray


Lynne Murray



Research Professor in Developmental Psychopathology
University Of Reading

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Lynne Murray’s research aims to elucidate the mechanisms involved in the development of child and adolescent psychopathology, together with its prevention and treatment. She has conducted both longitudinal and experimental studies to investigate bi-directional influences in early mother-infant interactions, and the dimensions of maternal communication to which young infants are sensitive. Over the past twenty-five years, she has examined the effects of postnatal depression on the mother-child relationship and child development, following up a sample from infancy until the age of 23 years. She is currently conducting similar longitudinal work with mothers with anxiety disorder and their children. She has also studied the effects of cleft lip and palate on mother-infant interactions on child development. In each case, Lynne Murray has researched the treatment implications of the basic scientific work, most notably investigating treatments for postnatal depression, both in the UK and the developing world.

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