Jill Cossar

Lecturer, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology


Jill is employed as a part time lecturer in Clinical Psychology, with responsibility for co-ordinating the Children, Adolescents and Families course. She is also the Admissions Tutor for the Clinical Psychology programme. She completed her undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University in 1995, graduating with a first class honours. She worked as a research psychologist for two years within The Scottish Liver Transplant Unit before undertaking her Clinical Psychology doctorate at Glasgow University in 1997. After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2000, Jill worked full time within an NHS CAMHS team for seven years, before taking up her university post in 2007. She continues to work part-time within the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist, where her special interest and area of expertise is in the field of child protection and child maltreatment. Jill frequently contributes to child protection proceedings as an expert witness and is committed to improving the practice and knowledge of frontline staff in this field.

Research summary

Jill's clinical and research interests include: the experiences of young people within the child protection system; the psychological impact of child abuse and neglect, specifically emotional abuse and neglect. She is currently engaged in a research project looking at the feasibility and impact of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) with looked after children and their foster carers.