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Dr Kathryn Gardner

Senior Lecturer in Psychology
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Kathryn teaches across a range of topics within Psychology, with much involvement in the delivery of clinical psychology, individual differences, psychometrics and research methods/advanced research methods. Throughout Kathryn's career she has published in the field of emotional intelligence and borderline personality disorder, and has a growing body of research on and passion for better understanding self-harm. Given Kathryn’s research expertise and passion for mental health research, in 2015 Kathryn worked with colleagues and stakeholders (students, experts-by-experience and carers) to develop UCLan’s MSc Applied Clinical Psychology, which saw its first intake of students in September 2016. Kathryn continues to work as the Programme Director/Course Leader for this MSc, alongside a team of HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists, expert academics in specialist fields, clinicians across a wide range of specialities, and experts-by-experience.

Kathryn is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Director for the MSc Applied Clinical Psychology, working alongside a team of HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists, expert academics in specialist fields, clinicians across a wide range of specialities, and experts-by-experience. Kathryn’s research interests are in mental health with Kathryn being widely published in the fields of personality disorder and self-harm. Kathryn has methodological proficiency in both quantitative methods (e.g., logistic regression, and structural equation modelling) and qualitative methods (e.g., thematic analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis). Kathryn is Co-founder of Suicide and Self-Harm Research North West, or SSHaRE NoW, a collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire, Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Manchester, the Manchester Self-Harm Project, the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust and the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs). SSHaRe NoW, was launched in June 2017 with the aim of bringing together a wide range of stakeholders with a shared interested in suicide and self-harm research, from across the north west of England. SSHaRE NoW hopes to encourage and support links and collaboration between researchers, clinicians, health services, third sector organisations, service users, and the public, by raising awareness of high quality suicide and self-harm research and initiatives in the local area. SSHaRE NoW also aims to create a positive collaborative space where we can share knowledge, expertise, and experience of all kinds, to help identify and develop key areas of research that may help improve services and reduce suicide and self-harm in the future.

Kathryn has experience of module/course design, assessment, curriculum design/development, and quality assurance, at a variety of different levels (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Kathryn's teaching, learning and assessment activities are mainly in the following areas: research methods/advanced research methods and statistics; clinical psychology, individual differences, applied/clinical psychology, psychometrics. Kathryn provides doctoral, MSc and BSc supervision for a broad range of mental health/clinical psychology topics, utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods. With regards to quality assurance, Kathryn is a member of the University's University Review Panel and is an External Examiner for the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology, Bournemouth University, UK.

  • 2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Research Student Supervision, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2008 PhD in Psychology, University of Central Lancashire. Thesis title: Ability Emotional Intelligence, Trait Emotional Intelligence and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • 2006 Certificate in Higher Education: Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2004 BSc (Hons Applied Psychology), First Class, University of Central Lancashire
  • Borderline personality disorder and emotional/social cognitive processes (e.g., emotion perception/identification, mentalisation)
  • Self-harm, particularly non-suicidal self-injury and its functions and mechanisms
  • Personality and assessment
  • British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder (BIGSPD)
  • International Society for the Study of Self-injury (ISSS)
  • The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD)
  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society – Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy