Prof Antonia Bifulco is a psychologist who has worked in the area of clinical disorder and psycho-social risk across the lifespan since 1980. Her PhD studies at Bedford College, University of London focussed on the long term impact of childhood loss of mother on depression. Her career developed in the Social Research Team headed by Prof George Brown and Tirril Harris, investigating life stress, vulnerability and depression in women. In 1990 on Prof Brown’s retirement she took over the team renamed the ‘Lifespan Research Group’ and completed an MRC programme grant. The team continued with a more applied focus after that time, working together with voluntary and statutory health and social care agencies to help improve assessment and practice.
Prof Bifulco’s research has been published widely in international peer reviewed journals and her recent book co-authored with CATS member Geraldine Thomas Understanding Adult Attachment in Families (2012, Routledge) summarises 30 years of academic and applied research. In addition, Wednesday’s Child (Bifulco & Moran, 1998, Routledge) is still a primary text for students and researchers in the area of long terms effect of childhood neglect and abuse, recently translated into Italian. The Childhood Experience
of Care and Abuse (CECA) interview was developed by Toni Bifulco
as a standardised interview tool for collecting information
on abuse in early life. This is increasingly used by practitioners
in forensic, social work and psychological fields. Another publication Entrepreneurship for Everyone (2009, Mellor, Coulton, Chick, Bifulco, Mellor & Fisher, Sage) examines the issue of knowledge exchange and how university research can be used to help develop practice.
Prof Bifulco is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, is an associate fellow of the BPS and is a Chartered Psychologist, and has a visiting Professorship at Palermo University, Italy.
& Forthcoming Publications
Books & chapters
Webster, Stephen and Davidson, Julia and Bifulco, Antonia (2014) Online offending behaviour and child victimisation: new findings and policy. Palgrave Macmillan.
Antonia Bifulco and Geraldine Thomas (Routledge, 2012) Understanding Adult Attachment in Family Relationships: Research, Assessment and Intervention
Schimmenti A & Bifulco A (2008) When the parents maltreat their young: The developmental roots of psychopathology. Caretti, V., & Craparo, G. (eds.), (2007 or 2008). Trauma e Psicopatologia. Roma: Astrolabio.
Bifulco A (2009) Risk and resilience in young Londoners. In (Eds, D. Brom, R Pat-Horenczyk & J, Ford) Treating traumatised children: Risk, resilience and recovery. Routledge.
Bifulco A & Moran P (2007) Il Bambino Maltrattato. Le radici
della depressione nel trauma e nell’abuso infantile. Casa
Bifulco A. (2006) Childhood experience and sexual offending –
the use of the Childhood Experience of Care and Abuse (CECA) interview
in forensic psychology research and practice. L’evaluation diagnostique
des agresseurs sexuel. (Ed Thierry Pham) Editions Mardaga, Belgium.
Spence, Ruth and Bunn, Amanda and Nunn, Stephen and Hosang, Georgina and Kagan, Lisa and Fisher, Helen L. and Taylor, Matthew and Bifulco, Antonia (2015) Measuring life events and their association with clinical disorder: a protocol for development of an online approach. JMIR Research Protocols, 4 (3). e83. ISSN 1929-0748
Schimmenti, Adriano and Bifulco, Antonia (2015) Linking lack of care in childhood to anxiety disorders in emerging adulthood: the role of attachment styles. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20 (1). pp. 41-48. ISSN 1475-357X
Bifulco, Antonia and Schimmenti, Adriano and Jacobs, Catherine and Bunn, Amanda and Rusu, Adina C. (2014) Risk factors and psychological outcomes of bullying victimization: a community-based study. Child Indicators Research . ISSN 1874-897X
Bifulco, Antonia and Schimmenti, Adriano and Moran, Patricia and Jacobs, Catherine and Bunn, Amanda and Rusu, Adina Carmen (2014) Problem parental care and teenage deliberate self-harm in young community adults. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 78 (2). pp. 95-114. ISSN 0025-9284
Abdul Kadir, Nor Ba’yah and Bifulco, Antonia (2013) Insecure attachment style as a vulnerability factor for depression: recent findings in a community-based study of Malay single and married mothers. Psychiatry research, 210 (3). pp. 919-924. ISSN 1872-7123
Vulliez-Coady, Lauriane and Vidal, Chrystelle and Vivot, Aurore and Monnin, Julie and Nezelof, Sylvie and Bifulco, Antonia (2013) Anxiety and hospitalization in adolescence: relations to attachment style and parental support. Psychiatria Danubina, 25 (Supp 2). pp. 135-142. ISSN 0353-5053
Kaess, Michael and Parzer, Peter and Mattern, Margarete and Plener, Paul L. and Bifulco, Antonia and Resch, Franz and Brunner, Romuald (2013) Adverse childhood experiences and their impact on frequency, severity, and the individual function of nonsuicidal self-injury in youth. Psychiatry Research, 206 (2-3). pp. 265-272. ISSN 0165-1781
Ilan-Clarke, Yael and Bunn, Amanda and DeMarco, Jeffrey and Bifulco, Antonia and Criddle, John and Holdsworth, Gillian (2013) Setting up a youth violence prevention project in a London hospital emergency department. Journal of Public Mental Health, 12 (2). pp. 80-92. ISSN 1746-5729
Oskis, Andrea and Clow, Angela and Hucklebridge, Frank and Bifulco, Antonia and Jacobs, Catherine and Loveday, Catherine (2013) Understanding alexithymia in female adolescents: the role of attachment style. Personality and Individual Differences, 54 (1). pp. 97-102. ISSN 0191-8869
Jacobs, Catherine and Ilan-Clarke, Yael and Bifulco, Antonia (2012) Caring about attachment in young people in residential care: the use of the attachment style interview. Report of a voluntary sector and university partnership. Community Care Inform.
Abdul Kadir, Nor Ba’yah and Bifulco, Antonia (2011) Vulnerability, life events and depression amongst Moslem Malaysian women: comparing those married and those divorced or separated. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 46 (9). pp. 853-862. ISSN 0933-7954
Conde, Ana and Figueirido, Barbara and Bifulco, Antonia (2011) Attachment style and psychological adjustment in couples. Attachment and Human Development, 13 (3). pp. 271-291. ISSN 1461-6734
Kaess, Michael and Parzer, Peter and Mattern, Margarete and Resch, Franz and Bifulco, Antonia and Brunner, Romuald (2011) Childhood experiences of care and abuse (CECA): validierung der Deutschen version des fragebogenund korrespondierenden Interview sowie Ergebnisse einer Untersuchung von Zusammenhangen belastenader Kindheitserlebnisse mit suizdalen Verhaltensweisen. Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie, 39 (4). pp. 243-252. ISSN 1422-4917
Fisher, Helen L. and Bunn, Amanda and Jacobs, Catherine and Moran, Patricia and Bifulco, Antonia (2011) Concordance between mother and offspring retrospective reports of childhood adversity. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35 (2). pp. 117-122. ISSN 0145-2134
Abdul Kadir, Nor Ba’yah and Bifulco, Antonia (2010) Malaysian moslem mothers' experience of depression and service use. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 34 (3). pp. 443-467. ISSN 0165-005X
Davidson, Julia and Bifulco, Antonia (2009) Investigating police practice in the UK: achieving best evidence in work with young victims of abuse. Pakistan Journal of Criminology, 1 (3). pp. 19-46.
Bifulco, Antonia and Moran, Patricia and Jacobs, Catherine and Bunn, Amanda (2009) Problem partners and parenting: exploring linkages with maternal insecure attachment style and adolescent offspring internalizing disorder. Attachment and Human Development, 11 (1). pp. 69-85. ISSN 1461-6734
Bifulco, Antonia and Moran, Patricia and Jacobs, Catherine and Bunn, Amanda (2009) Problem partners and parenting: exploring linkages with maternal insecure attachment style and adolescent offspring internalizing disorder. Attachment & Human Development, 11 (1). pp. 69-85. ISSN 1461-6734
Bifulco, Antonia and Jacobs, Catherine and Bunn, Amanda and Thomas, Geraldine and Irving, Karen (2008) The Attachment Style Interview (ASI): a support-based adult assessment tool for adoption and fostering practice. Adoption and Fostering, 32 (3). pp. 33-45. ISSN 0308-5759
Bifulco, Antonia and Ilan-Clarke, Yael and Hannan, Leonie and Schimmenti, A. (2008) Condividere e condividere allo stesso modo.Il maltrattamento è un’esperienza condivisa dai fratelli? [= To share and share alike: is maltreatment an experience shared by siblings?]. Noos – Aggiornamenti in Psichiatria, 3 . pp. 253-274. ISSN 2038-1824
Moran, Patricia and Jacobs, Catherine and Bunn, Amanda and Bifulco, Antonia (2007) Multi-agency working: Implications for an early-intervention social work team. Child and Family Social Work, 12 (2). pp. 143-151. ISSN 1356-7500
Bunn, Amanda and Bifulco, Antonia and Lorenc, Ava and Robinson, Nicky (2007) Solutions on Stress (SOS): programmes, packages and products for helping teenagers. Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers, 8 (1). pp. 29-35. ISSN 1747-3616
Davidson J, Bifulco A, Thomas G & Ramsay M (2006). Child victims
of sexual abuse: Children’s experience of the investigative
process in the criminal justice system. Journal of Practice,18¨247-263
Figuieredo, B, Bifulco A, Paivia C, Maia A, Fernandes, E & Matos,
R (2004). History of childhood abuse in a representative series
of Portuguese parents. Child Abuse and Neglect, 28: 671-684
Moran, PM, Bifulco A, Ball C, Jacobs C & Benaim K (2002) Exploring
psychological abuse in childhood. I: Developing a new interview scale. (Bulletin of Menninger Institute, 66: 213-240.
Bifulco, A, Moran PM, Baines, R, Bunn A & Stanford K (2002). Exploring
psychological abuse in childhood: II: Association with other abuse
and adult clinical depression. (Bulletin of Menninger Institute,
Bifulco A., Moran PM, Ball C, Jacobs C, Baines R, Bunn A & Cavagin
J (2002). Childhood adversity, parental vulnerability and disorder:
Examining intergenerational transmission of risk. Journal Child
Psychology & Psychiatry, 43, 1075-1086]
For a list of publications visit Antonia's Middlesex University profile page.