School of Social and Political Science

Chad Lance Hemady

Job Title

PhD student

Research interests

Research interests

public health, violence prevention, intergenerational risk transmission, psychology, neurodevelopmental disorders, maternal and neonatal health, participatory research with children and young people exposed to violence


Research project

Overarching aim My doctoral thesis explores the various biopsychosocial and socioecological pathways that link mothers' exposure to childhood adversities to poor infant outcomes. Participants and setting The Evidence for Better Lives Study (EBLS) and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) datasets were used. Methods Various statistical analyses including a Systematic review and meta-analyses with meta-analytic structural equation modelling, Latent class analysis using the Bolck, Croon, and Hagenaars (BCH) 3-step method with auxiliary multilevel logistic regressions on distal outcomes, and exploratory graphical network analysis using Pairwise Markov Random Field (PMRF) models were all utilised to  investigate the research aim. Results Read my papers and find out. :) 


Dr Franziska Meinck (Social Work), Dr Deborah Fry (Child Protection), Dr Aja Louise Murray (Psychology)


  •  Hemady, C.L. et al. (forthcoming). Exploratory graphical network analysis of ASD and ADHD symptomatology using the ALSPAC cohort.


  • Hemady, C.L. et al. (forthcoming). Intergenerational risk transmission: understanding the associations between maternal childhood and prenatal risk factors and poor infant outcomes


  • Murray, A. et al. (forthcoming) Associations between ADHD symptoms and maternal and birth outcomes in a multi-country cohort of expectant mothers.


  • Hemady, C. L. et al. (2021). Patterns of adverse childhood experiences and associations with prenatal substance use and poor infant outcomes in a multi-country cohort of mothers: A Latent Class Analysis. medRxiv.


  • Murray, A. et al. (2021) Measuring antenatal depression across the world: A validation and cross-country invariance analysis of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 (PHQ-9) in eight diverse LMICs. PsyArXiv.
  • Hemady et al (2021). The associations between maternal adverse childhood experiences, substance use during pregnancy, and poor infant outcomes: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis.


  • Hemady, C. & Assan, T. (2020)  Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic students' experiences of COVID-19 and its impact on their academic and mental wellbeing. Intercultural Youth Scotland.


  • Hemady, C. (2020)  The perceptions and experiences of young people of African descent living in Scotland. Intercultural Youth Scotland.
  • UNICEF ROSA (2020) Violence Against Children in South Asia: A systematic review of evidence since 2015. Kathmandu: UNICEF, 2020.
  • Third, A., Lala, G., Collin, P., de los Reyes, P., and Hemady, C. (2020). Child-centred indicators for violence prevention: A report on a Living Lab in the City of Valenzuela, Philippines: Western Sydney University.
  • Fry, D. & McChesney, S. (2019). The drivers of violence against adolescents in Myanmar: Consultation to inform adolescent programming. Yangon: UNICEF, 2019.
  • Fry, D., Hemady, C. and Nyadenga, V. (2019). Champions of Child Protection Evaluation of the Adolescent and Parenting Curriculums.  Harare: MoPSLSW, UNICEF and Plan International
  • UNICEF Jordan (2019). A qualitative study on the underlying social norms and economic causes that lead to child marriage in Jordan: Developing an actionable multisectoral plan for prevention. University of Edinburgh, Analyseize for the Higher Population Council, and UNICEF (part of the research team)
  • UNESCO (2019). Behind the numbers: Ending school violence and bullying. United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization 7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP, France

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