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Research interests

Overview: Lizette's research has an underlying value of social inclusion, equality and the reduction of stigma, in particular within the field of mental health. Lizette's research is informed by systemic and narrative therapeutic approaches and therefore is contextually and relationally orientated.

* Parenting and family wellbeing in difficult times

Research focused on parenting and family wellbeing. This has covered areas of parental mental health; perinatal mental health; parenting, safeguarding and the care system (with a particular focus on birth relatives); and parental bereavement.

1. Parental mental health: Lizette has developed a programme of research within the field of parental mental health. This includes qualitative research, involving both parents who experience psychological distress and their children, and focuses in particular on how families communicate together about parental mental health concerns and how families make meaning together and individually about these difficulties.

2. Parental loss and bereavement: Lizette has collaborated with a number of 3rd sector organisations to research parental journey's through loss and bereavement, including ambigioous loss (birth mothers whose children are removed and taken into care); anticipated loss (parents of children with progressive illness) and parental bereavement and continuing to parent (paretal loss of a child). Interest includes how best to support parents through the process of loss and bereavement.

3. Parenting when facing adversity and social deprivation: Parenting when facing insecure housing, food insecurity, migration

4. Family meaning-making and communication: Lizette has been involved in research that explores how families make sense of and communicate about challenging life events, for example becoming refugees, experiencing bereavement following the loss of a child, and experiencing life limiting illness in the family.


* Diversity and social inclusion: Lizette is committed to research that addresses discrimination and marginalization within training contexts, the wider profession of clinical psychology and within society. This has included qualitative research investigating the experiences of those who experience homelessness and who experience cuts to their disability benefits; as well as the experiences of those from minority groups within the profession of Clinical Psychology.


Teaching specialisms

Lizette teaches within the areas of:

  • Research Methodology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research processes
  • Systemic and Family Psychotherapy and Narrative Therapy approaches
  • Equity and inclusion in mental health and social care


Education/Academic qualification

Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy

Award Date: 1 Sept 2014

External positions

Editorial Board - Journal of Family Therapy

Jul 2021 → …

External Examiner, Coventry University

Jun 2021 → …

External Examiner, The University of Essex

May 2020 → …

External Examiner, Canterbury Christ Church University

Jun 2016Sept 2021

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

Oct 2015Sept 2020

Registered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society

1996 → …


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