School of Psychology
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Subject Areas: Psychology
Kathryn’s research interests stem from her interest clinical psychology and mental health.
Areas of Research Specialisation:
Kathryn is the 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 examines self-harm, particularly non-suicidal self-injury and its functions/motivations, including the non-affective drivers of self-harm such as eliciting care from others. Kathryn’s work focuses also on mechanisms (moderators and mediators) of self-harm; theoretical models of self-harm; staff (e.g., clinician's, teachers) understanding and management of self-harm; help-seeking for self-harm; and self-harm within the school environment.
Other areas of expertise include borderline personality disorder (BPD) and associated emotional/social cognitive processes (e.g., facial emotion perception/identification, mentalisation); emotion dysregulation; mechanisms of change in therapy; personality, and assessment. Kathryn’s interests in the social-cognitive aspects of BPD traits has resulted in collaborations with clinicians delivering Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT), a highly effective treatment for BPD. Kathryn works alongside a team of Clinical Psychologists, expert academics in specialist fields, clinicians across a wide range of specialities, and experts-by-experience.
Kathryn’s earlier work concentrated on emotional intelligence (EI), with some of this work lying at the forefront of debate around whether the construct can be measured validly.
Kathryn is primarily a quantitative researcher but also utilises qualitative methods (e.g., thematic analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis) alongside advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modelling) to provide a mixed-methods perspective of the phenomena under study.
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.
Teaching activities and responsibilities
Main teaching and learning activities:
Gardner, Kathryn Jane ORCID: 0000-0003-3904-1638, Dodsworth, Jo and Klonsky, E David (2016) Reasons for non-suicidal self-harm in adult male offenders with and without borderline personality traits. Archives of Suicide Research, 20 (4). pp. 614-634. ISSN 1381-1118 …
Gardner, Kathryn Jane ORCID: 0000-0003-3904-1638, Dodsworth, Jo and Selby, Edward (2014) Borderline personality traits, rumination and self-injurious behavior: An empirical test of the emotional cascades model in adult male offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 14 (5). pp. 398-417. ISSN 1522-8932
Selby, Edward and Gardner, Kathryn Jane ORCID: 0000-0003-3904-1638 (2015) A Latent Profile Analysis of Suicidal and Self-Injurious Behavior, Other Dysregulated Behaviors, and Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 6 (4). pp. 356-368. ISSN 2043-8087
Porter, Carly, Ireland, Carol Ann ORCID: 0000-0001-7310-2903, Gardner, Kathryn Jane ORCID: 0000-0003-3904-1638 and Eslea, Mike J ORCID: 0000-0003-1273-0302 (2016) Exploration of emotion regulation experiences associated with borderline personality features in a non-clinical sample. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 3 (8).
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. We hope 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. We also want 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.
Gardner, K. J., Bickley, H., Turnbull, P., Kapur, N., Taylor, P., & Clements, C. (Under Review). The significance of site of cut in self-harm in young people. Journal of Affective Disorders.
Gardner, K. J., Wright, K. M., Elliot, A.., Graham, S., Paker, L., & Fonagy, P. (In Preparation). The experience of therapists who deliver mentalisation-based therapy for borderline personality disorder. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
Gardner, K. J., & Banks, G. (In Preparation). How do teachers and other school professionals understand, experience, respond to and manage self-harm within their School?
Gardner, K. J., Smith, R., & Rayner, G. (In Preparation). Mental health professional’s perceptions of the significance of concealed and visible self-Harm.
Saini, P., Clements, C., Gardner, K. Chopra, J., Latham, C., Kumar, R., & Taylor, P. (In Preparation). Identifying suicide and self-harm research priorities in North West England: a Delphi study. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior.
A feasibility randomised-control trial for an integrated school-wide self-harm prevention programme
Collaborators: Pooja Saini (Liverpool), Mark Gabbay (Director of NIHR CLAHRC NWC, Liverpool); Peter Taylor, Pamela Qualter (Manchester); Katie Henderson (Education Liaison Officer, Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board LSCB)
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