Carter Smith

Postdoctoral Researcher

Policing Institute for the Eastern Region

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Child and sexual abuse and exploitation , Mental health , Psychology

Carter is a quantitative and qualitative researcher with a special interest in psychological and physiological Stress. His current research interests include childhood trauma, child sexual abuse and public mental health.

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Carter joined the PIER team in 2023, following three years as a postgraduate research student on a Vice Chancellor's Studentship in ARU's School of Psychology and Sport Science. Before that, he completed a Master of Science in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, with a focus on early life trauma and adult hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis functioning.

During his PhD, Carter worked closely to research for multiple projects surrounding child sex trafficking in England and Wales. His current research includes preventative factors for child sexual abuse material and child sexual trafficking. He also researches the impact of wartime trauma on population health.

Research interests

  • Early life trauma
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child sex trafficking
  • Public mental health


BA (Hons) English Literature – Shakespeare and Performance


  • PhD Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University [in progress]
  • MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

ARU Vice Chancellor's Studentship Award