Staff Profiles


Dr Sarah Christie

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities & Educational Studies

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923529

Profile summary

 I have an academic background in Psychology and in 2008 completed my PhD which focused on the maternal psychological evolution of women in treatment for addiction to heroin whilst they navigate pregnancy and the first year after birth. I now work in The Faculty of Education and currently teach on the Education Studies programme and supervise a number of doctoral students. My main academic interests remain in the exploration and potential for alleviation of social inequalities, particularly in relation to three key areas: migrancy, motherhood and additional educational needs.

Research and knowledge exchange

Recent funded research projects:

2018: £5000 granted by Beyond The Page Ltd: Evaluation of the United Mothers Programme (principal investigator).

2018: £2000 granted by The Froebel Trust: Exploring realtionship buildiong wioth migrant families (principal investigator).

2016: £9525 granted by The Froebel Trust: ‘Evaluation of Froebel Trainers Project’ (co-investigator).

2015: £26000 granted by BookTrust: ‘The role of the Bookstart Baby gifting process in supporting shared reading’ (co-investigator).

2015: £2000 granted by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Intern programme: Supporting maternal mental health: describing the reality and exploring the potential of web-based resources, computer software and mobile applications (principal investigator).

2015: £7500 granted by Kent and Medway Progression Federation: ‘Assessing the Influence of Parents and Carers on the Progression to University of Young People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds’  (co-investigator).

2015: £2000 granted by CCCCU’s Intern programme: ‘Supporting maternal mental health: describing the reality and exploring the potential of web-based resources, computer software and mobile applications’ (principal investigator).

I am currently supervising three doctoral students.

Teaching and subject expertise

I have been involved in teaching and lecturing in Higher Education since 2001. I have experience of teaching a wide variety of topics centred on psychology and research methods (qualitative and quantitative). Most recently, I have worked with CCCU colleagues delivering modules related to the educational psychology and child development in the Faculty of Education. Whatever the topic, I always aim to deliver material in innovative and interactive ways and, importantly, to empower the students to fulfil their academic ability.

External activities

I am a Non-Exceutive Director and Research Advisor to 'Beyond the Page', a social enterprise based in East Kent concerned with improving social integration of migrant groups. For more information see


Recent conference presentations:

Christie, S.L. (2016). Women who are mothers of preschool children: Understanding the psychological experience in a sociocultural context. Oral presentation at the OMEP European Conference, 4-6th May, Canterbury, UK.

Christie, S.L. & Szorenyi, A.  (2015). Theorizing the relationship between UK schools and migrant parents of Eastern European origin: the parents’ perspective. Oral presentation at the European Research Network About Parents in Education (ERNAPE) Conference,  25-27th August, Tromso, Norway.

 Christie, S.L. (2014). The experience of pregnancy and early parenting for women who are addicted to heroin. Invited and funded presentation at the Shanghai Boashan Education Bureau Conference in Early Childhood Education, 14-15th November, Shanghai, China.

Christie, S.L. & Szorenyi, A.  (2014). "To be honest, there is no relationship" How migrant mothers from Eastern Europe describe their relationship with their children's schools. Oral presentation at the International conference on 'Migrant mothers caring for the future', 18-19th September, London.

Publications and research outputs

Bryant, R., Christie, S., Heaton, R., Mozova, K. and Thomson, R. (2020). Preventing and countering child sexual exploitation in SE Kent: School-based peer mentorship schemes. Research Report prepared for Dover District Council and Shepway District Council. Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University.

Christie, S.L. (2019). Evaluating the impact of the United Mothers programme. Research report prepared for Beyond The Page Ltd. Canterbury: RCfCFC, Canterbury Christ Church University

Christie, S.L. and Apps, J. (2019) Divided Kingdom: Inequalities in Parental Involvement in the UK in Paseka, A. and Byrne, D. (Eds) Parental Involvement: Commonalities and Differences Across Europe.  Routledge.

Apps, J. and Christie, S.L. (2018) First in Family to Attend University: Understanding and Enabling the Parent-Child Support Relationship. International Journal About Parents in Education (IJAPE), 10 (1). Available at: (Accessed 14th May 2018)

Christie, S. L., Anang, S. and Westgate, C. (2018). Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Project 2018. Project report. A cross-university briefing (CCCU).

Apps, J. & Christie, S.L. (2016). Assessing the influence of parents and carers on progression to University of Young People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. Report prepared for Kent and Medway Progression Foundation.

Christie, S.L. & Szorenyi, A. (2015). Theorizing the relationship between UK schools and migrant parents of Eastern European origin: the parents’ perspective. The International Journal about Parents in Education (Nov).

Christie, S.L. (2015). Positivist scientific exploration – can universal truths and grand narratives be discovered in research about human beings? In David, T., Goouch, K & Powell, S. (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Theories and Philosophies of Early Childhood Education. London, Routledge.


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