Dr Jacqui Stedmon

Dr Jacqui Stedmon

Programme Director DClin Psy, Associate Professor (SL)

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


Academic Director, University of Plymouth, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust


B.Sc Hons. Psychology, University of Bristol 1978
Ph.D, University of Bristol (More than All: Children's Problems with Plural Reference) 1983
British Psychological Society Diploma in Clinical Psychology 1989
Advanced Diploma in Marital and Family Therapy, University of Exeter 1993

Professional membership

British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology and Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology

Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Roles on external bodies

I serve as one of two Mental Health Advisors to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
 specialist sub-group, the British PaediatricMental Health Group. This will shortly be re-named as the Paediatric Mental health Association- U.K.) 

Through my clinical interests in paediatric psychology I am current Chair for the British Psychological Society, Paediatric Psychology Network, a national group representing clinical psychologists with expertise in paediatric psychology.

 I am a member of the Steering Committee  (acting Treasurer) for the Bereavement Research Forum (a national organisation).

At a local level I was a founder member of Jeremiah's Journey, a charitable Bereavement Support Service for children, young people and their families in the Plymouth area. Currently I act as a Trustee for this charity.  I am also a Director for The Bereavement Counselling Service (South West) for Adults , which is also a local charity.

Teaching interests

Child psychology, with a special interest in all aspects of paediatrics, bereavement ,loss , attachment and trauma in children, young people and their families.

Core competencies in clinical psychology, with a special interest in formulation and assessment skills and reflective practice.

Family Therapy, including regular input to the Foundation Level Training Course in Plymouth ( accredited by the Association of Family Therapy)

Observational and experiential learning through offering a weekly family therapy clinic, specialising in complex paediatric cases, to a multi-disciplinary training group.

I also have an interest in educational pedagogy and the use of innovative and creative methods of facilitating learning, including the implementation of Problem Based Learning within the Community of Clinical Psychology Training and Distance learning (see also publications).

Staff serving as external examiners

I am currently acting as External Examiner for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Previously I carried out this role for the University of |Hertfordshire and University of Surrey.

Research interests

I began my career with an interest in child language acquisition and cognitive development., hence the title of my Ph.D: 'Children's Problems with Plural Reference' . For 5 years I was a University Academic, specialising in this are of child development and published in the field, before moving on to training as a Clinical psychologist. Although my research interests remain in the area of child development, they now have much more of a mental health focus. I am particularly interested in children coping with a variety of physical illnesses and have supervised research around diabetes, cystic fibrosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Most recently my current research is concerned with bereavement in children and young people in terms of the mediating, moderating and protective factors that influence the psychological effects of major loss. I am particularly informed by attachment theory and narrative theory and I am attempting to integrate these with current theories of grief and loss. I am particularly inyterested in how adolescents use narratives to transform their experiences of bereavement into coherent stories that help to shape their sense of identity as well as maintaining a psychologically well adjusted sense of connection to the deceased person.

Other research

I was Co-director of a HEFCE funded project for three years (completed in 2006) to develop and evaluate the use of Problem Based Learning across the Doctoral Training Programmes in Clinical Psychology at the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter. This work was disseminated nationally for the potential use by all Clinical Psychology Training programmesand led to a number of publications as listed.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised more than  30 research dissertations for trainees completing their Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Training at the University of Plymouth. Currently I am co-supervising 2 Ph.D students.

Stedmon,J., Mitchell,A., Johnstone,L. and Staite,S.(2003) making reflective Practice real: problems and solutions in the South West. Clinical Psychology, 27, 30-34.

Stedmon,J., Wood,J., Curle,C. and Haslam,C. (2005) Development of PBL in the training of clinical psychologists. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 5 (1), 52-60.

Curle,C., Wood,J., Haslam,C. and Stedmon,J. (2006) Assessing learning in a PBL curriculum for healthcare training. In Bryan,C. and Clegg,K., (Eds), Innovative Assessments in Higher Education . pub. Routledge: Oxon

Dallos,R. and Stedmon,J. (2006) Systemic formulation: mapping the family dance. In Johnstone, L. and Dallos,R. (Eds.), Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy, Routledge: Hove.

Dallos,R., Wright,J., Stedmon,J. and Johnstone,L. (2006) Integrative formulation. In Johnstone,L. and Dallos,R. (Eds.), Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy, Routledge: Hove.

Stedmon, J., Dallos,R. and Moss,D. (2006) Distance Learning Needn’t be Distant. In. Clinical Psychology Forum 164

Key publications are highlighted

Gooding H, Stedmon J & Crix D 2019 '‘All these things don’t take the pain away but they do help you to accept it’: making the case for compassion-focused therapy in the management of persistent pain' British Journal of Pain 204946371985709-204946371985709 , DOI
McKenzie R, Dallos R, Stedmon J, Hancocks H, Vickery PJ, Ewings P, Barton A, Vassallo T & Myhill C 2019 'SAFE, a new therapeutic intervention for families of children with autism: study protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial' BMJ Open 9, (5) e025006-e025006 , DOI
Tozer L, Stedmon J & Dallos R 2018 '‘It is that bad but it isn’t that bad’: Exploring children’s experiences of their mother’s non-terminal cancer with a focus on attachment, resilience and trauma' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 24, (1) 53-68 , DOI
Thorp N, Stedmon J & Lloyd HF 2018 '“I carry her in my heart”: An exploration of the experience of bereavement for people with learning disability' British Journal of Learning Disabilities , DOI PEARL
Stedmon J 2018 'Editorial' Bereavement Care 37, (1) 1-2 , DOI
Peeler S, Stedmon J, Chung MC & Skirton H 2017 'Women's experiences of living with postnatal PTSD' Midwifery 56, 70-78 , DOI
Dallos R, Bailey - Pearce O & Stedmon J 2017 'Fathers’ experiences of their child’s life limiting condition: An attachment narrative perspective' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry , DOI PEARL
Stedmon J 2016 'Editorial' Bereavement Care 35, (1) 3-3 , DOI
Clarkson H, Dallos R, Stedmon J & Hennessy C 2016 'Exploring the relationship: joint narratives of foster carers and young people' Adoption & Fostering 41, (1) 35-51 , DOI
Bishop S, Stedmon J & Dallos R 2014 'Mothers’ narratives about having a child with cancer: A view through the attachment lens' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 20, (4) 611-625 , DOI
Stedmon J 2014 'Editorial' Bereavement Care 33, (1) 3-3 , DOI
Chung MC, Stedmon J, Hall R, Marks Z, Thornhill K & Mehrshahi R 2014 'Posttraumatic stress reactions following burglary: The role of coping and personality' Traumatology: An International Journal 20, (2) 65-74 , DOI
McCullough E, Stedmon J & Dallos R 2013 'Narrative responses as an aid to understanding the presentation of maltreated children who meet criteria for autistic spectrum disorder and reactive attachment disorder: A case series study' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 19, (3) 392-411 , DOI
Martean MH, Dallos R, Stedmon J & Moss D 2013 'Jo's Story: the journey of one woman's experience of having cancer and a ‘learning disability’' British Journal of Learning Disabilities 42, (4) 282-291 , DOI
Peeler S, Chung MC, Stedmon J & Skirton H 2013 'A review assessing the current treatment strategies for postnatal psychological morbidity with a focus on post-traumatic stress disorder' Midwifery 29, (4) 377-388 , DOI
Jelbert R, Stedmon J & Stephens A 2010 'A qualitative exploration of adolescents’ experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 15, (2) 267-283 , DOI
Clark A, Stedmon J & Margison S 2008 'An Exploration of the Experience of Mothers Whose Children Sustain Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Their Families' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 13, (4) 565-583 , DOI
Stedmon J, Dallos R & Moss D 2006 'Distance learning needn't be distant: The creative use of literature and the media' Clinical Psychology Forum (167) 29-33
Stedmon J, Mitchell A, Johnstone L & Staite S 2003 'Making reflective practice real: Problems and solutions in the South West' Clinical Psychology (27) 30-33
Freeman NH & Stedmon JA 1986 'How Children Deal with Natural Language Quantification' 21-48 , DOI
Freeman NH, Sinha CG & Stedmon JA 1981 'The allative bias in three-year-olds is almost proof against task naturalness' Journal of Child Language 8, (2) 283-296 , DOI
Bryan C 2006 'Innovative Assessment in Higher Education' Routledge , DOI
Conference Papers
Morris R, Amore C, Knight E, Stedmon J, Laidlaw K, Callanan M, Kennedy P, Nel PW, Jones R, et. al 2015 'How to be an external examiner on DClinPsy programmes: GTiCP 2014 conference workshop' 44-48

Reports & invited lectures

Bereavement Research Forum Symposium, July 4th 2007 ( University of Birmingham)

'' Attachment and Bereavement in Child and Adulthood'' Dr. Colin Murray Parkes and Dr. Jacqui Stedmon