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I am an applied psychologist and linguist. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology, and a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research focuses on the mental health of transcultural children and adults.

PI (2021-2022) Third Culture Kids' Digital Environment and Mental Health. enurture/UKRI

New Book! Laura Cariola (Ed) (2022). Eating Disorders In Public Discourse. Exploring Media Representations and Lived Experiences. 

I am also interested in the use of language in psychotherapeutic processes, and representations of mental health problems in public discourse. From a methodological perspective, I use qualitative and quantitative approaches to language analysis. I am particularly interested in an applied perspective to inform the development of policy guidelines and interventions to improve provision of mental health care.

My Ph.D. project at Lancaster University explored the mind-body paradigm by analysing how individuals construct self and object boundaries through the use of language and mental imagery in autobiographical memory recall and psychotherapeutic dialogues. I also hold an M.A. in Applied Linguistics - Sociocultural Approaches from Goldsmiths College with a focus on rhetorical strategies that underpin the construction and reproduction of identity and power in discourses and talk-in-interaction.

Before completing my PhD dissertation, I worked as a social science researcher in cyber security at Cranfield Defence and Security. During my postdoctoral appointments at the School of Health in Social Science of the University of Edinburgh, I was involved in research projects with a focus on online safety for young people. For example, I explored the online sharing of self-produced nude images by young people (‘sexting’), and also deterrents to viewing indecent images of children online. The results of these studies were implemented in policy frameworks and guidelines, such as the Scottish Government, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency. For Consultancy regarding to online safety of young people, please contact me directly (Laura.Cariola@ed.ac.uk).

Visiting and Research Positions

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Honorary Research Psychologists, NHS Lothian


Programme Director: MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online)  

Course Organiser: Child Migration and Mental Health — MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online) 

Course Organiser: Dissertations — MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Campus and Online)

Course Organiser: Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health — MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online) 

Deputy Course Organiser: Language and Communication in Health and Society — MA Health, Science and Society 


Language and Psychoanalysis is a fully peer reviewed online journal that publishes twice a year. It is the only interdisciplinary journal with a strong focus on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of language and psychoanalysis. The journal is also inclusive and not narrowly confined to Freudian psychoanalytic theory.

Book series "Language, Discourse and Mental Health" (University of Exeter Press). This book series is a unique resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective. Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis, the empirical and theoretical contributions will provide a compelling insight on mental health from a range of perspectives and contexts, including psychotherapeutic communication, public presentations of mental health, literary accounts of lived experiences, and language features associated to specific mental health problems. This interdisciplinary book series will be an essential reference for students, researchers and practitioners in linguistics and communication, education, cognitive science, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, special needs, medicine, nursing, and medical anthropology.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design

Master of Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Lancaster University

Postgraduate Diploma, London Metropolitan University


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