Dr Emma Turl

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist and I currently work as a Clinical Tutor on the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course. I also lead a module on the MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology course (Community Perspectives in Clinical Psychology module). I qualified from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Manchester University in 2005 and specialised in working with children, adolescents and families. I worked for 14 years in the NHS in a specialist community-based early intervention child and family service (0-5 years). The focus of this work was positive parenting, attachment-based interventions and Parent-Infant Mental Health (PIMH). I have also continued to work with school-aged children and adolescents outside of my NHS work.

I am accredited in a number of models of intervention with families, including Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and Incredible Years (IY) programs. The main theoretical orientations that I draw on in my clinical work are Cognitive Behavioural and Attachment theory. However, I am keen to utilise a range of models in my work and enjoy using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) approaches in my work. Having worked with parents and young children for many years in an inner-city area, I am interested in the role that context plays in contributing to and maintaining psychological distress. I am particularly interested in anxiety and trauma. I think systemically when working with individuals and families rather than placing the responsibility for change on the individual.

I joined Staffordshire University in January 2020 as a Senior Lecturer / Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate course in Clinical Psychology. I am committed to supporting students to apply the psychological knowledge and understanding that they have gained through their studies in real life clinical work and to support them in their journeys to working in a ‘real life’ clinical setting with all the challenges that this brings.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

Academic qualifications

  • DClinPsy (University of Manchester)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Warwick)


Specific Further Training

  • Video Interaction Guidance (Accredited Practitioner)
  • The Incredible Years (Parent Group Leader)
  • The Incredible Years (Peer Coach)
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment
  • The Solihull Approach

Clinical areas

  • Parenting work, parent-infant mental health work and family work aimed at building more secure attachments and developing positive communication
  • Therapeutic work with school age children and adolescents (using CBT, ACT & CFT informed approaches)

Research interests

My research interests fit with my clinical experience:

  • Attachment and developmental trauma
  • Parental mental health and it’s impact on children
  • Parent Infant Mental Health (PIMH)
  • The impact of domestic abuse on children
  • The role of context in psychological distress
  • Children’s feeding difficulties


I lead a module on the MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology course and have teaching commitment for this module (Community Perspectives in Clinical Psychology). I also provide teaching related to clinical experience on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course.

Postgraduate supervision

I will be supervising research projects on both the MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology course and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course.


  • Gowers, S.G., Levine, W., Bailey-Rogers, S., Shore, A., Burhouse, E.* (2002). Use of routine, self-report outcome measure (HONOSCA-SR) in two adolescent mental health services. British Journal of Psychiatry, 180, 266-9.

    *Maiden Name Burhouse

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