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Academic Biography

I joined Teesside University in December 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, after 12 years of working within a range of clinical roles with individuals with a vast array of mental health difficulties. I primarily lecture and have course responsbilities on postgraduate programmes and continued professional develoment courses, including: PgC/UCAPD Low Intensity Assessment and Intervention Skills for Psychological Wellbeing Practice, UCPPD Approaches to Long Term Conditions for Psychological Wellbeing Practice, UCPPD Supervision for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, UCAPD Dialectic Behavior Therapy, & UCPD Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Interventions in Mental Health Practice. 

My academic background is within Psychology, with a specific interest in Developmental Psychology/Psychopathology, and mental health. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I completed my degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Durham, whilst also working within the field of mental health. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care at Teesside University, before undertaking a PhD in Psychology at the University of York. Since commencing at Teesside, I have completed a PgC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I continue to work clinically as a Service Manager within an IAPT service, alongside lecturing.

Summary of Research Interests

My research interests are relatively diverse; my primary research interest is in the quality of the parent-child relationship, specifically parental mind-mindedness, and its role in predicting children's developmental outcomes, including children's social cognition. I am particularly interested in non-normative groups such as adoptive parents/foster carers, and families that differ from the typical 'nuclear' set-up.

I am also interested more broadly in mental health and wellbeing. I am involved in the delivery of psychological interventions within 'hard to reach' groups, specifically offenders, and am interested in the factors that may contribute to the effectiveness of these interventions, including how many offenders gain 'recovery' from their symptoms during treatment. Additionally, I am interested in trainee and qualified PWP wellbeing, and investigating factors which may contribute to PWP burnout. 

Research Projects & External Funding

2019 - Present       University Mental Health Charter; Student Minds 

Funding Body: UPP Foundation and the Office for Students

Recruited as part of an academic research team to collect and analyse the evidence that informed the University Mental Health Charter. Data anaysis still ongoing. 

2019 - Present       Primary Mental Health Care within the North East Prisons: Evidencing 'Recovery' within a Prison-Based Setting 

Working in collaboration with Rethink Mental Illness to collate practice-based recovery outcomes of their primary mental health care provision. 

2013 - Present       Mind-Mindedness in Research and Practice

Funding Body: Economic and Social Research Council 

Project creation and management as part of working towards a PhD. which was completed in 2017; ongoing work to complete several papers for publication. 

2011 - 2013           Tees Valley Baby Study

Funding Body: Economic and Social Research Council 

Volunteer research assistant; assisted with data collection and analysis at the Wolfson Research Institute. 

External Roles and Professional Activities

British Psychological Society

  • Chartered Psychologist (244957)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner 

Higher Education Academy:

  • Fellow (PR156431) 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Assessment and Treatment of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Clinical and Case Management Supervision
  • Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy
  • Delivering Psychological Therapies to 'Hard to Reach' Groups
  • Offender Mental Health

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Research Output

Explaining the Relation between Early Mind-Mindedness and Children’s Mentalizing Abilities: Validating an Observational Preschool Assessment

Meins, E., Fishburn, S., Munoz Centifanti, L., Larkin, F. & Fernyhough, C., Dec 2019, (Submitted) In : Developmental Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Mind-Mindedness in Parents of Looked After Children

    Fishburn, S., Meins, E., Greenhow, S., Jones, C., Hackett, S., Nina, B., Baldwin, H., Cusworth, L. & Wade, J., 31 Jul 2017, In : Developmental Psychology. 53, 10, p. 1954-1965 12 p.

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    Maternal Mind-Mindedness and Children's Behavioral Difficulties: Mitigating the Impact of Low Socio-Economic Status

    Meins, E., Munoz Centifanti, L., Fernyhough, C. & Fishburn, S., 2014, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 41, 4, p. 543-553 11 p., 41.

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  • Press / Media

    York leads UK survey on adoptive, foster and step-parenting

    Sarah Fishburn


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