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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 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 commenicing 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 in the delivery and effectiveness of psychological interventions within 'hard to reach' groups, specifically offenders, and the factors that may contribute to the effectiveness of these interventions, including how many offenders gain 'recovery' from their symptoms during treatment.

Research Projects & External Funding

Current active research projects:

  • Mind-Mindedness in Research and Practice
  • IAPT within the North East Prisons: Evidencing Mental Health 'Recovery' within a Prison Setting

External Roles and Professional Activities

Member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.

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

Sarah Fishburn

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