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Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster is a Graduate Tutor in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, and is also a part-time PhD student within the Department of Psychology. Working under the supervision of Professor Greta Defeyter and Dr Robbie Duschinsky, Sarah is undertaking research exploring the application and implications of attachment theory to child welfare practice.

Sarah joined the University in 2014. Sarah teaches attachment theory and other psychology and social science topics to social work and early years students in the department. She is also collaborating with Dr Duschinsky at Cambridge University on his Wellcome Trust funded project examining the concept and applications of disorganised attachment. Sarah has undertaken training with leading attachment researchers on ‘gold standard’ attachment measures; the Adult Attachment Interview with Drs Mary Main and Erik Hesse, and the Strange Situation Procedure with Dr Judith Solomon.

Previously, Sarah worked for seven years as a social researcher. During that time Sarah managed large scale government-commissioned evaluations of programmes aimed at increasing employment and undertook a wide range of research projects with socially and economically excluded groups. Prior to this, Sarah worked in a local authority children’s services department.

Sarah gained her first degree, a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management, from Newcastle University in 2003. Subsequently, Sarah gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Warwick University , and a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology from The Open University in 2016.