Dr Jamie Kennedy-Turner

Career Development Fellow

  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • NHS Lothian

Contact details



Doorway 6, Elsie Inglis Quad, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

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  • My usual University days are Monday to Wednesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

    If you are contacting me about anything related to my clinical role in NHS Lothian, please direct all enquiries to NCAMHS@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk


I studied Psychology at the University of York, graduating in 2013, after which I worked in a variety of clinical roles while undergoing additional academic study and clinical training.

Having worked for a year as a support worker in the North East, I then trained and worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) in busy IAPT services in Wolverhampton and York, completing a PGCert in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions at the University of Sheffield in 2016.

I first studied at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, having moved up to complete an MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People at the University of Edinburgh, while training to be a Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (CAAP). I loved living in Edinburgh and studying on this course, which I finished in 2018. I then worked for NHS Lanarkshire as a Mental Health Clinician in the CAMHS Early Interventions Team for a number of months before gaining a place on the Edinburgh DClinPsychol training course, from which I graduated in 2021. I was a CAMHS-aligned trainee, whose research focused on investigating the associations between expressed emotion (EE), attachment, reflective functioning and self-harm in late adolescence.

I currently work three days at the University in a Career Development Fellow post, and two days a week as a Clinical Psychologist in NHS Lothian CAMHS.

Postgraduate teaching

I currently teach on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on reflective practice and anxiety. I am the course coordinator for the Children and Young People teaching in second year, and the Clinical Psychology 2 academic assignment.

Areas of interest for supervision

I am currently supervising a number of MSc and DClinPsychol research projects in the areas of attachment, reflective functioning, self-harm and expressed emotion.

Research summary

My research interests include child and adolescent mental health and self-harm, mentalization, attachment, and family relationships and communication. Previous research projects I have completed include systematic reviews on children's body shape preferences and eating behaviours after exposure to unrealistically proportioned dolls, and the associations between parental Expressed Emotion and parent-child attachment security. For my doctoral research project, I tested a serial mediation model using data gathered from an online self-report survey completed by a convenience sample. The variables of interest were perceived Expressed Emotion, attachment insecurity, reflective functioning and self-harm in late adolescence. I am keen to do further research to evaluate this model, using longitudinal designs and self-, parent/carer-, and observer-rated measures.

Conference details

Kennedy-Turner, J., Murray-Dickson, K., & Sharpe, H. (2019, March 14th-16th). A systematic review on the effects of exposure to unrealistically proportioned dolls on children's body image and eating behaviours [Poster Presentation]. Poster presented by Dr Helen Sharpe at the Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, New York, NY.