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Professor Cherie Armour

Member - Clinical Governance, Steering and Advisory Committee

Professor of Psychological Trauma and Mental Health, School of Psychology, Queens University Belfast

Professor Cherie Armour

BSc, D. Phil

Cherie Armour is a Professor of Psychological Trauma and Mental Health in the School of Psychology at Queens University Belfast.

Professor Armour is the Director of the Research Centre for Stress Trauma and Related Conditions (STARC).

Cherie is a trauma psychologist who received her first degree from Ulster University, achieving firstclass honours in Psychology in 2007. Cherie transitioned straight into a D. Phil at Ulster University, completing her PhD in 2010. In 2010 Cherie commenced an MSc in Forensic Psychology at Coventry University on a part-time basis whilst also commencing a postdoctoral research position at the University of Southern Denmark. In 2012, Cherie commenced her first lectureship position at Ulster University. In 2015 Cherie was promoted to Reader in Psychology, and in 2016 Cherie was promoted to Chair. In 2016, Cherie commenced a new role as Associate Dean for Research & Impact and Director of the Institute of Mental Health Sciences in the Faculty of Life & Health Sciences. In 2019, Cherie moved to the role of Professor of Psychological Trauma and Mental Health at Queens University Belfast.

The primary focus of Cherie’s research programme is on mental health in those who have experienced stress, adversity, and trauma. Cherie is also focused on a range of psychological disorders including, but not limited to, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and Dissociation. She is also focused on exploring the concept of post adversity psychological resilience. She works across child, adolescent, and adult populations and focuses on a range of trauma types including childhood maltreatment, interpersonal, sexual, and domestic violence, and occupational related traumas (experienced by healthcare workers, emergency services and armed forces). In addition, Cherie looks at the impact of secondary trauma in families. She explores what biological, psychological, and social factors might differentiate between those who experience post-adversity psychological illness vs those who experience post-adversity psychological wellness. In particular, she is interested in social relationships and support, emotion regulation, maladaptive cognitive schema development, sleep, and loneliness.

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