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Institute of Criminology



Ingrid is a research associate working on the London Education and Inclusion Project (LEIP) and active member of the Violence Research Centre. LEIP is a cluster-randomised controlled field experiment, the goal of which is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Engage in Education - London (EiEL; Catch22) programme targeting Year 9 and 10 pupils at high risk for fixed-term school exclusion in selected Greater London schools.

Ingrid joined the Institute in January 2012 as a Jacobs Foundation funded Research Associate working on the Zurich Project on the Social Development of Children, z-proso, led by Professor Manuel Eisner.

Ingrid's academic interests are in the area of adolescent mental health with a focus on attachment relationships, family conflict, adverse childhood experiences and behaviour problems. Her research centers around three main topics: 1) exploring the socio-emotional, cognitive and biological aspects of the development and progression of behaviour problems in children and adolescents; 2) the development and evaluation of prevention and intervention programmes for children and youth; and 3) the development of reliable techniques to assess socio-emotional functioning in children and adolescents.


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Recent selected publications:

  • Obsuth, I., Sutherland, A., Cope, A., Pilbeam, L., A. Murray, & Eisner, M. (2016). London Education and Inclusion Project (LEIP): Results from a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an intervention to reduce school exclusion and antisocial behaviour. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-20.
  • Obsuth, I., Cope, A., I., Sutherland, A., Pilbeam, L., A. Murray, & Eisner, M. (2016). London Education and Inclusion Project (LEIP): Exploring negative and null effects of a cluster-randomised school-intervention to reduce school exclusion - findings from protocol-based subgroup analyses. Plos One, 11 (4), e0152423.
  • Murray, A. L., Obsuth, I., Eisner, M., & Ribeaud, D. (2016). Shaping aggressive personality in adolescence: Exploring cross-lagged relations between aggressive thoughts, aggressive behaviour and self-control. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 97, 1-7.
  • Obsuth, I., Malti, T., Ribeaud, D., & Eisner, M. (2015). The developmental relation between aggressive behaviour and prosocial behaviour: A 5-year longitudinal study. BMC psychology, 3(1), 16.
  • Gonzalez-Tapia, M., & Obsuth, I. (2015). "Bad genes" and criminal responsibility. The legal treatment of MAOA-L genotype. International Journal of Law and Mental Health, 39, 60-71.
  • Moretti, M. M., Obsuth, I., Craig, S. G, & Bartolo, T. (2015). An attachment-based intervention for parents of adolescents at risk: Exploring mechanisms of change. Attachment & Human Devepment, 17 (2) , 119-135.
  • Obsuth, I., Hennighausen, K., Brumariu, L., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2014). Disorganized behaviour in adolescent-parent interactions: Relations to attachment state of mind, partner abuse, and psychopathology. Child Development, 85 (1), 370-387.
  • Obsuth, I., Sutherland, A., Pilbeam, L., Scott, S., Valdebenito, S., Carr, R., & Eisner, M. (2014). London Education and Inclusion Project (LEIP): A cluster-randomised controlled trial protocol of an intervention to reduce antisocial behaviour and improve educational/occupational attainment for pupils at risk of school exclusion. BMC Psychology, 2 (24), 1-16.
  • Muller-Johnson, K., Eisner, M., & Obsuth, I. (2014). Sexual victimization of youth with a physical disability: An examination of the prevalence rates, risk and protective factors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Vulliez-Coady, L., Obsuth, I., Torreiro-Casal, M., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2013). Assessing maternal role-confusion from the Experience of Caregiving Interview: Relations to maternal attachment interaction with the child from infancy to adolescence. Infant Mental Health, 34 (2), 117-131.
  • Brumariu, L., Obsuth, I., Finger, B., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2013). Attachment and the presence of an anxiety disorder in a high-risk sample of young adults. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 116-124.
  • Lyons-Ruth, K., Bureau J-F, Easterbrooks, M. A, Obsuth, I., & Hennighausen, K. (2013). Parsing the construct of maternal insensitivity: distinct longitudinal pathways associated with early maternal withdrawal. Attachment and Human Development, 15 (5-6), 562-582.
Senior Research Associate
Mgr. Clinical Psychology, Charles University, Prague, 2000
PbD. Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 2001
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 2009
Dr. Ingrid  Obsuth