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Portrait of Liz Dudeney


Postal address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Liz is a full-time PhD student based at the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research. The focus of her research is ‘identifying women at risk of suicide in pregnancy and after birth’, with specific attention to assessment methods. Liz has previous experience in suicide prevention and she has completed various mental health, self-harm and suicide awareness training courses.


  1. MSc Applied Social Psychology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Sep 2017 – Aug 2018
  2. BSc (Hons) Psychology, The Open University, United Kingdom, Feb 2013 – Jun 2017


  1. Research Assistant (part-time, temporary contract), University of Brighton, May – Aug 2019
  2. Assistant Charity Officer (part-time), Grassroots Suicide Prevention, Nov 2018 – Sep 2019
  3. Research Assistant (part-time), University of Sussex, Nov 2018 – present


Title of thesis: Identifying women at risk of suicide in pregnancy and after birth

Oct 2019 – Feb 2023

Summary of research

The focus of my research is ‘identifying women at risk of suicide in pregnancy and after birth’. Tragically, suicide is a leading direct cause of death for women during pregnancy and after birth in the UK, with one in seven women who die between six-weeks and one-year postpartum dying by suicide. Despite this, perinatal suicide risk is not currently assessed in routine primary care, and there is limited evidence on the best methods to use.

The primary aim of my research is to develop an acceptable, valid and reliable method of identifying perinatal women at risk of suicide, that is both evidence-based and practical to use in primary care. It is anticipated that this will provide a means for early identification and intervention, to reduce the adverse outcomes of suicide and/or suicidal thoughts/behaviours in perinatal women.

1st supervisor

  • Professor Susan Ayers, Professor of Maternal and Child Health

2nd supervisors

  • Dr Rose Coates, Research Fellow
  • Professor Rose McCabe, Professor of Clinical Communication