People

Dr Susan McPherson

Senior Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Susan McPherson
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874143

  • Location

    2S2.5.22, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment only

Profile

Biography

1998-2000: Clinical Effectiveness Officer, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust 2000-2001: Research Assistant, London School of Hygiene &; Tropical Medicine 2001-2007: Research Psychologist, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust (Psychotherapy Evaluation Research Unit) 2007-2008: Research Fellow (Medical Sociology), Kings College London 2006-present: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Unversity of Essex

Qualifications

  • BSc Social Psychology, London School of Economics

  • MSc Health Psychology, University College London

  • PhD Medical Sociology: "Constructing Treatment Resistant Depression in Primary Care" Kings College London, (2007)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Therapy outcomes and effectiveness

Social care, fostering and adoption

Chronic depression: long term psychotherapy, management in primary care, informal caring

Includes Tavistock Adult Depression Study: the first Randomised Controlled Trial in the NHS to establish if long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides relief for patients suffering from long-term depression not helped by other treatments. See lay summary: http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/documents/staff/tads-leaflet.pdf

Psychiatric labelling

Social history and history of health and care

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Clinical Research 1 (HS763)

  • Clinical Research 2 (HS773)

  • Clinical Research 3 (HS783)

Previous supervision

Seamus O'Byrne
Seamus O'Byrne
Thesis title: 'Watch and Wait' - Examining the Potential Impact of Uncertainty in Illness on the Mental Health of Individuals with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Low Grade Lymphomas.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 24/10/2018
Ana Jovicic
Ana Jovicic
Thesis title: General Practitioners' Views and Experiences of Lonliness in Their Older Adult Patients
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 24/10/2018
Sarah Ann Sheryl Madders
Sarah Ann Sheryl Madders
Thesis title: A Discourse Analysis of Recovery Stories
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/7/2018
Ruth Jennings-Hobbs
Ruth Jennings-Hobbs
Thesis title: Couple Dynamics and Maternal Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: A Qualitative Examination of Nulliparous Women and Their Partners.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 16/5/2018
Ryan Thomas Wczasek
Ryan Thomas Wczasek
Thesis title: Food Insecurity in the Uk: A Critical Narrative Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 16/3/2018
Xin Yi Lee
Xin Yi Lee
Thesis title: A Qualitative Study Exploring Transgender Youths' Experiences of Using Social Media
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 5/2/2018
Aneliya Merolla
Aneliya Merolla
Thesis title: A Study of the Relationship Between Borderline-Dysregulated Personality and Treatment-Resistant Depression in the Course of the Tads Randomised Control Trial
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 23/3/2017
Sian Rachel Granville
Sian Rachel Granville
Thesis title: A Qualitative Inquiry of Clinicians' Relational Experiences Within a Perinatal Infant Mental Health Service Contextualised with Quantitative Analysis of Outcome Measures
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 22/12/2016
Adam Churchill Flintoff
Adam Churchill Flintoff
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 20/10/2016
Katie Victoria Budge
Katie Victoria Budge
Thesis title: Violence, Aggression and Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Females Within Low and Medium Secure Forensic Mental Health Units.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 19/10/2016
Zara Karim Rahemtulla
Zara Karim Rahemtulla
Thesis title: A Narrative Study of Adults Who Were Bullied By a Sibling in Childhood
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 19/10/2016
Natalia Solovieva
Natalia Solovieva
Thesis title: A Mixed Method Delphi Study to Determine Professional Consensus on the Key Elements of Outpatient Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy for Psychosis
Degree subject: Counselling Psychology (D Couns Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 1/7/2016
Jemma Fay Priestley
Jemma Fay Priestley
Thesis title: Experiences of Living with a Partner with Depression: A Thematic Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 7/6/2016
Natasha Louise Bennett
Natasha Louise Bennett
Thesis title: The Impact of Video-Communication on Older Adults' Psychological Well-Being: A Mixed Methods Study
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/6/2016
Cheontell Barnes
Cheontell Barnes
Thesis title: Aggression and the Therapeutic Relationship in Women's Medium Secure Services
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/6/2016
Marta Sosnowska
Marta Sosnowska
Thesis title: Challenges Encountered By Frontline Healthcare Professionals in Care for Adolescents Who Engage in Self-Harm. a Qualitative Study Conducted on an Inpatient Unit Implementing Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Therapy (Ambit)
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 10/5/2016
Stacy Earl
Stacy Earl
Thesis title: An Exploration of How Mental Health Service Users' Construct Meaning From the Work Capability Assessment Process - Using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 31/3/2016
Emily Doncaster
Emily Doncaster
Thesis title: 'I'M Still Fighting for the Two of Us': How Partners of UK Veterans Construct Their Experience of Living with Combat-Related Trauma
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 22/10/2015
Jocelyne Eve Boston
Jocelyne Eve Boston
Thesis title: On Learning How to Mother: Marginalised Mothers' Narratives of Professional Parenting Advice and Programmes
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 20/5/2015
Toni Dora Beryl Miles
Toni Dora Beryl Miles
Thesis title: The Meaning of Acceptance for Individuals with Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Study
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 31/3/2015
Hilary Anne Sporton
Hilary Anne Sporton
Thesis title: Rocking the Boat: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Adopted Adults Making Contact with Their Birth Relatives
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 20/6/2014
Zoe Alderson
Zoe Alderson
Thesis title: Caring for Older Adults with Dementia: Managing Work Pressures
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 25/3/2014
Sarah Natasha Wraighte
Sarah Natasha Wraighte
Thesis title: A Qualitative Exploration Into the 'Journey of Survival' in Gender Non-Conforming Young Adults Subjected to Childhood Bullying
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 22/1/2014
Paul Cundy
Paul Cundy
Thesis title: The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance on Tests of Working Memory and Divided Attention in Older Adults
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 13/12/2012
Abdullah Ebrahim Mia
Abdullah Ebrahim Mia
Thesis title: A Grounded Theory Approach to Indian and Pakistani Men's Conceptualisations of Emotional Distress and Support Seeking
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 22/11/2011

Publications

Journal articles (35)

Priestley, J., McPherson, SJ. and Davies, F., (2018). Couples Disease: The Experience of Living with a Partner with Chronic Depression. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. 17 (2), 128-145

Mcpherson, SJ., (2018). Old wine in new bottles? On the new NICE guidelines for depression. Clinical Psychology Forum. 303 (March 2018), 9-12

Doncaster, E., Hiskey, S., Mcpherson, SJ. and Andrews, L., (2018). “I'm Still Fighting for the Two of Us”: How Partners of UK Veterans Construct Their Experience of Living with Combat‐Related Trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

McPherson, SJ., Rost, F., Sidhu, S. and Dennis, M., (2018). Non-strategic ignorance: Considering the potential for a paradigm shift in evidence-based mental health. Health, 136345931878572-136345931878572

McPherson, SJ., Rost, F., Town, J. and Abbass, A., (2018). Epistemological flaws in NICE review methodology and its impact on recommendations for psychodynamic psychotherapies for complex and persistent depression. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 32 (2), 102-121

Flintoff, A., Speed, E. and McPherson, SJ., (2018). Risk assessment practice within primary mental health care: A logics perspective. Health, 136345931876947-136345931876947

McPherson, S., Andrews, L., Taggart, D., Cox, P., Pratt, R., Smith, V. and Thandi, J., (2018). Evaluating integrative services in edge-of-care work. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 40 (3), 299-320

Rost, F. and McPherson, S., (2018). Guidelines for Depression. New Associations. 27, 14-14

Doherty, E., Walsh, R., Andrews, L. and McPherson, SJ., (2017). Measuring Emotional Intelligence Enhances the Psychological Evaluation of Chronic Pain. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 24 (3-4), 365-375

Thompson, H., McPherson, S. and Marsland, L., (2016). 'Am I damaging my own family?': Relational changes between foster carers and their birth children.. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry. 21 (1), 48-65

McPherson, S., Hiskey, S. and Alderson, Z., (2016). Distress in working on dementia wards - a threat to compassionate care: a grounded theory study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 53, 95-104

Priestley, J. and McPherson, S., (2016). Experiences of adults providing care to a partner or relative with depression: A meta-ethnographic synthesis. Journal of Affective Disorders. 192, 41-49

Floris, J. and McPherson, S., (2015). Fighting the Whole System: Dissociative Identity Disorder, Labelling Theory and Iatrogenic Doubting. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. 16 (4), 476-493

Fonagy, P., Rost, F., Carlyle, J., McPherson, S., Thomas, R., Pasco Fearon, RM., Goldberg, D. and Taylor, D., (2015). Pragmatic randomized controlled trial of long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression: the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). World Psychiatry. 14 (3), 312-321

McPherson, S., Byng, R. and Oxley, D., (2014). Treatment resistant depression in primary care: Co-constructing difficult encounters. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 18 (3), 261-278

McPherson, S., Clayton, S., Wood, H., Hiskey, S. and Andrews, L., (2013). The Role of Childhood Experiences in the Development of Sexual Compulsivity. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. 20 (4), 259-278

Hiskey, S. and McPherson, S., (2013). That's just life: older adult constructs of trauma. Aging & Mental Health. 17 (6), 689-696

Hiskey, S. and McPherson, S., (2013). That's just life: older adult constructs of trauma. Faculty for the Psychology of Older People Newsletter. 124, 17-23

McPherson, S. and Armstrong, D., (2012). General Practitioner Management of Depression: A Systematic Review. Qualitative Health Research. 22 (8), 1150-1159

Mcpherson, SJ. and McPherson, A., (2012). The private and political journey of Norah Dacre Fox, a suffragette turned fascist. Historica: women's history magazine. 69 (Summer 2012)

Taylor, D., Carlyle, J., McPherson, S., Rost, F., Thomas, R. and Fonagy, P., (2012). Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): a randomised controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory forms of depression. BMC Psychiatry. 12 (1), 60-

Sinclair, M., McPherson, S., Bor, R. and Orban, L., (2011). Another dragon in the kitchen: Psychological experiences of hepatitis C treatment among HIV-hepatitis C co-infected gay men. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 11 (3), 228-236

Thompson, H. and McPherson, S., (2011). The experience of living with a foster sibling, as described by the birth children of foster carers A thematic analysis of the literature. Adoption & Fostering Journal. 35 (2), 49-60

Pauley, G. and McPherson, S., (2010). The experience and meaning of compassion and self-compassion for individuals with depression or anxiety. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 83 (2), 129-143

McPherson, A. and Mcpherson, SJ., (2010). Norah Elam: a Feminist Fascist from Stillorgan. Journal of the Kilmacud-Stillorgan Local History Society (5)

McPherson, S., Evans, C. and Richardson, P., (2009). The NICE Depression Guidelines and the recovery model: Is there an evidence base for IAPT?. Journal of Mental Health. 18 (5), 405-414

McPherson, S. and Armstrong, D., (2009). Negotiating ?depression? in primary care: A qualitative study. Social Science & Medicine. 69 (8), 1137-1143

McPherson, S., Walker, C. and Carlyle, J-A., (2006). Primary care counsellors’ experiences of working with treatment resistant depression: A qualitative pilot study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 6 (4), 250-257

McPherson, S. and Armstrong, D., (2006). Social determinants of diagnostic labels in depression. Social Science & Medicine. 62 (1), 50-58

McPherson, S. and Armstrong, D., (2006). Erratum to: “Social determinants of diagnostic labels in depression”. Social Science & Medicine. 62 (11), 2915-2915

McPherson, S., Cairns, P., Carlyle, J., Shapiro, DA., Richardson, P. and Taylor, D., (2005). The effectiveness of psychological treatments for treatment-resistant depression: a systematic review.. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 111 (5), 331-340

McPherson, S., (2003). Stress and coping in accident and emergency senior house officers. Emergency Medicine Journal. 20 (3), 230-231

Di Ceglie, D., Freedman, D., Mcpherson, SJ. and Richardson, P., (2002). Children and Adolescents Referred to a Specialist Gender Identity Development Service: Clinical Features and Demographic Characteristics. International Journal of Transgenderism. 6 (1)

McPherson, S. and Wilkinson, M., (2001). Health informatics and the cultural divide: a UK perspective. Health Informatics Journal. 7 (2), 62-65

Wilkinson, M. and Mcpherson, SJ., (2001). NHS Direct Online and the Information Divide. Health Information on the Internet (22), 8-10

Books (2)

McPherson, S. and McPherson, A., (2010). Mosley's Old Suffragette: A Biography of Norah Dacre Fox. lulu.com. 9781446699676

McPherson, S., (2003). Clinical Effectiveness in Psychotherapy and Mental Health Strategies and Resources for Effective Clinical Governance. Karnac Books. 1855759020. 9781855759022

Book chapters (1)

Taylor, D., Carlyle, J., Mcpherson, SJ. and Rost, F., (2013). Die Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): Eine randomisiert kontrollierte Studie zur analytischen Psychotherapie therapieresistenter/therapierefraktarer Depressionen. In: Chronische Depression Verstehen – Behandeln – Erforschen. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 268- 307. 3525451687. 9783525451687

Other (7)

Mcpherson, SJ., (2017).Guidelines for Depression: More Gourmet Nights from NICE,http://www.cost-ofliving.net/

Mcpherson, SJ., (2017).Response to NICE Draft Guideline on Depression in Adults,National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE )

Mcpherson, SJ., (2017).Old wine in new bottles: on the new NICE guideline for depression,http://www.cost-ofliving.net

Mcpherson, S., Rost, F., Taylor, D. and Fonagy, P., (2017).Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS),Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

Mcpherson, SJ., (2016).Psychodynamic therapy – there’s more to it than lying on a couch talking about your childhood,The Conversation

Mcpherson, SJ. and Hiskey, S., (2016).Is the NHS really suffering a crisis of compassion?,http://www.cost-ofliving.net

Mcpherson, SJ., (2015).Suffragette: On 100 years of votes for women,http://www.cost-ofliving.net/

Grants and funding

2018

IAA ECC Challenge Lab project - Improving employment rates for disabled people

University of Essex

Self care programme bid

Eastern Academic Health Science Network

2017

Evaluation of Recurrent Court Proceedings

Venus Charity

Contact

smcpher@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874143

Location:

2S2.5.22, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment only