Dr Ayten Bilgin

Department of Psychology
Dr Ayten Bilgin



Dr. Ayten Bilgin completed her BSc in Psychology at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) in 2010 followed by her MA in Developmental Psychology at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey) and her MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Sussex. Afterward, she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Warwick in 2017. She worked at the School of Psychology at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in Psychology from July 2020 to March 2023. She joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex in April 2023. Ayten’s main research is in the area of developmental psychopathology particularly focusing on the following topics: early regulatory problems (excessive crying, sleeping or feeding problems), preterm birth (i.e., birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy), infant-parent attachment, and parenting. Ayten uses large-scale longitudinal data to investigate whether and how early regulatory problems have an impact on the development of mental health problems. In addition, she is interested in understanding the long-term outcomes of being born preterm, specifically regarding social relationship skills, well-being, and emotional and behavioral problems. Moreover, she investigates parenting and infant-parent attachment in the context of early regulatory problems, and preterm birth.


  • PhD University of Warwick, (2017)

  • MSc University of Sussex, (2013)

  • MA Koç University, (2012)

  • BSc Middle East Technical University, (2010)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Psychology, University of Essex (3/4/2023 - present)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Psychology, University of Kent (27/7/2020 - 31/3/2023)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Child and adolescent mental health, Developmental psychopathology, Excessive crying, sleeping or feeding difficulties in infancy, Infant mental health, Parenting, Socioemotional development after preterm birth

Key words: child and adolescent mental health
Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Psychology of (Self)-Improvement (PS515)

  • Special Topics in Psychology (PS933)


Journal articles (28)

Eves, R., Baumann, N., Bilgin, A., Schnitzlein, D., Richter, D., Wolke, D. and Lemola, S., Parents’ life satisfaction prior to and following preterm birth. Scientific Reports. 13 (1)

Baumann, N., Voit, F., Wolke, D., Trower, H., Bilgin, A., Kajantie, E., Räikkönen, K., Heinonen, K., Schnitzlein, DD. and Lemola, S., (2024). Preschool Mathematics and Literacy Skills and Educational Attainment in Adolescents Born Preterm and Full Term.. Journal of Pediatrics. 264, 113731-113731

Augustin, M., Licata-Dandel, M., Breeman, LD., Harrer, M., Bilgin, A., Wolke, D., Mall, V., Ziegler, M., Ebert, DD. and Friedmann, A., (2023). Effects of a Mobile-Based Intervention for Parents of Children With Crying, Sleeping, and Feeding Problems: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 11 (1), e41804-e41804

Wolke, D., Baumann, N., Jaekel, J., Pyhälä, R., Heinonen, K., Räikkönen, K., Sorg, C. and Bilgin, A., (2023). The association of early regulatory problems with behavioral problems and cognitive functioning in adulthood: two cohorts in two countries. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 64 (6), 876-885

Jaekel, J., Heinonen, K., Baumann, N., Bilgin, A., Pyhälä, R., Sorg, C., Räikkönen, K. and Wolke, D., (2023). Associations of crying, sleeping, and feeding problems in early childhood and perceived social support with emotional disorders in adulthood. BMC Psychiatry. 23 (1), 394-

Bilgin, A., Wolke, D., Trower, H., Baumann, N., Räikkönen, K., Heinonen, K., Kajantie, E., Schnitzlein, D. and Lemola, S., (2022). Emotional problems and peer victimization in adolescents born very preterm and full-term: Role of self-control skills in childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 1-10

Bilgin, A., Bondü, R. and Elsner, B., (2022). Longitudinal associations between justice sensitivity, nonsuicidal self-injury, substance use, and victimization by peers. Development and Psychopathology. 34 (4), 1560-1572

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2022). Bed-Sharing in the First 6 Months: Associations with Infant-Mother Attachment, Infant Attention, Maternal Bonding, and Sensitivity at 18 Months. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 43 (1), e9-e19

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2021). Commentary: Response to commentary by Davis and Kramer (2021). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 62 (12), 1491-1493

Morales-Muñoz, I., Durdurak, BB., Bilgin, A., Marwaha, S. and Winsper, C., (2021). Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep Problems in Early Childhood and Borderline Personality Disorder: A Narrative Review. Nature and Science of Sleep. Volume 13, 2175-2202

Jaekel, J., Sorg, C., Breeman, L., Baumann, N., Bilgin, A., Bäuml, JG. and Wolke, D., (2021). Early regulatory problems and parenting: life-long risk, vulnerability or susceptibility for attention, internalizing and externalizing outcomes?. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 30 (10), 1523-1531

Brylka, A., Wolke, D., Ludyga, S., Bilgin, A., Spiegler, J., Trower, H., Gkiouleka, A., Gerber, M., Brand, S., Grob, A., Weber, P., Heinonen, K., Kajantie, E., Räikkönen, K. and Lemola, S., (2021). Physical Activity, Mental Health, and Well-Being in Very Pre-Term and Term Born Adolescents: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis of Two Accelerometry Studies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (4), 1735-1735

Bilgin, A., Wolke, D., Baumann, N., Trower, H., Brylka, A., Räikkönen, K., Heinonen, K., Kajantie, E., Schnitzlein, D. and Lemola, S., (2021). Changes in emotional problems, hyperactivity and conduct problems in moderate to late preterm children and adolescents born between 1958 and 2002 in the United Kingdom. JCPP Advances. 1 (2), e12018-

Bilgin, A., Brylka, A., Wolke, D., Trower, H., Baumann, N. and Lemola, S., (2021). Subjective Well-Being and Self-Esteem in Preterm Born Adolescents: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 42 (8), 613-620

Bondü, R., Bilgin, A. and Warschburger, P., (2020). Justice sensitivity and rejection sensitivity as predictors and outcomes of eating disorder pathology: A 5‐year longitudinal study. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 53 (6), 926-936

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2020). Infant crying problems and symptoms of sleeping problems predict attachment disorganization at 18 months. Attachment & Human Development. 22 (4), 367-391

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2020). Parental use of ‘cry it out’ in infants: no adverse effects on attachment and behavioural development at 18 months. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 61 (11), 1184-1193

Winsper, C., Bilgin, A., Thompson, A., Marwaha, S., Chanen, AM., Singh, SP., Wang, A. and Furtado, V., (2020). The prevalence of personality disorders in the community: a global systematic review and meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 216 (2), 69-78

Winsper, C., Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2020). Associations between infant and toddler regulatory problems, childhood co‐developing internalising and externalising trajectories, and adolescent depression, psychotic and borderline personality disorder symptoms. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 61 (2), 182-194

Bilgin, A., Baumann, N., Jaekel, J., Breeman, LD., Bartmann, P., Bäuml, JG., Avram, M., Sorg, C. and Wolke, D., (2020). Early Crying, Sleeping, and Feeding Problems and Trajectories of Attention Problems From Childhood to Adulthood. Child Development. 91 (1), e77-e91

Mendonça, M., Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2019). Association of Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight With Romantic Partnership, Sexual Intercourse, and Parenthood in Adulthood. JAMA Network Open. 2 (7), e196961-e196961

Bäuml, JG., Baumann, N., Avram, M., Mulej Bratec, S., Breeman, L., Berndt, M., Bilgin, A., Jaekel, J., Wolke, D. and Sorg, C., (2019). The Default Mode Network Mediates the Impact of Infant Regulatory Problems on Adult Avoidant Personality Traits. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 4 (4), 333-342

Bilgin, A., Mendonca, M. and Wolke, D., (2018). Preterm Birth/Low Birth Weight and Markers Reflective of Wealth in Adulthood: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 142 (1), e20173625-

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2017). Associations Between Feeding Problems and Maternal Sensitivity Across Infancy: Differences in Very Preterm and Full-Term Infants. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 38 (7), 538-544

Wolke, D., Bilgin, A. and Samara, M., (2017). Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: Fussing and Crying Durations and Prevalence of Colic in Infants. The Journal of Pediatrics. 185, 55-61.e4

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2017). Development of comorbid crying, sleeping, feeding problems across infancy: Neurodevelopmental vulnerability and parenting. Early Human Development. 109, 37-43

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2016). Regulatory Problems in Very Preterm and Full-Term Infants Over the First 18 Months. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 37 (4), 298-305

Bilgin, A. and Wolke, D., (2015). Maternal Sensitivity in Parenting Preterm Children: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 136 (1), e177-e193