Professor David Alexander

Robert Gordon University/Grampian Police
Research Director / Consultant

Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
AB10 7QG
Tel: 01224 263100
Fax: 01224 263109

ResearchThemes relating to disasters, terrorism and various other kinds of trauma, including the impact of these events on emergency service personnel and other first responders.

NetworkPolice organization: Academic and Practitioner

GroupSIPR Network 3 Steering Group

ProfileOur principal area of research interest is disasters, terrorism and other types of trauma. More particularly, we have researched such topics as: the effects of traumatic experiences; the prevalence of post-traumatic conditions; the identification of "at risk" individuals; the "Ripple Effect", the impact of trauma work on emergency and other personnel, and post-incident interventions. Currently, we have research projects in Pakistan [following our invitation to assist after the 2005 earthquake], and we are investigating those factors which influence resilience in police officers, and which factors attract or deter police officers from applying for AFO training. Most recently, the team was commissioned by the DoH and NATO to develop evidence-based guidelines for post-disaster response.

Publications(i) Alexander DA et al (1993) "Police Stress at Work." The Police Foundation: London. (ii) Alexander DA and Klein S (2006) "The challenge of preparation for a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear terrorist attack." Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, 52: 126-131. (iii) Alexander DA (2008) "Hostage taking: effects, coping and adjustment." In: Handbook of Forensic Psychology (eds, J Brown and E Campbell).  Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Projects"Follow-up of survivors of the Piper Alpha disaster": Chief Scientist Office; "Prevention of adverse reactions to trauma": Chief Scientist Office; "Grampian trauma outcomes study": Tenovus; "Grampian trauma outcomes study"; Chief Scientist Office; "Miscarriage study": Chief Scientist Office; Epidemiology of post-traumatic conditions: Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; "Venlafaxine in the treatment of PTSD": Wyeth-Ayerst; "The Ripple Effect of trauma on victims' partners": Tenovus and Miller McKenzie Trust; " Trauma-related website: a pilot study: UKOOKA; "Resilience in police officers": SIPR; "Evidence-based guidelines for a post-disaster response": Department of Health and Nato.

Last Updated: Mon 17 Mar 08