Dr Jamie Kennedy-Turner

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



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

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

    I also work as a Clinical Psychologist in NHS Borders on Tuesday and Friday. If you are trying to reach me for anything related to my clinical role, please contact:

    Please note, I cannot respond to emails sent to my University address regarding my clinical work with patients in the Borders.


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 of England, 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 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/emerging adulthood.

I began working at the University in 2021. I currently work three days at the University as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, and two days a week as a Clinical Psychologist in NHS Borders.

Postgraduate teaching

I currently teach on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I am also the course coordinator for the Children and Young People teaching in second year, and the Clinical Psychology 2 academic assignment. I also help to organise and oversee the Reflective Practice component to the DClinPsychol training.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


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. I will also be second supervisor for two PhD students in the academic year 2024-25, as well as the primary supervisor for a MScR.

Current PhD students supervised

Jessica Conway (DClinPsychol)

Jessica Crooks (DClinPsychol)

Laura Wijnberg (DClinPsychol)

Michael Young (DClinPsychol)

Felizitas Kaiser (DClinPsychol)

Research summary

My research interests include child and adolescent mental health, self-harm, suicidality, 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, as well as related research in the fields of mentalization, attachment, and family communication.

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.