I have a PhD in Psychology, a Masters in Educational Psychology, a Masters in Research Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy. My PhD focused on the application of ideas from community psychology to educational change contexts. In my role as Principal Lecturer I work across the various programmes at Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology. I am programme director for the PhD in Professional Practice: Psychological Perspectives; I supervise and examine research on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I supervise MSc CBT students. I lead on knowledge exchange for the Institute providing a range of consultancy and training services to a variety of public sector organisations and charities. I also offer supervision and mentoring to managers. I work as a therapist, working predominantly with teenagers.
My research interests focus on emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. A particular focus is on attachment, trauma and being in the care of local authorities and the link with emotional well-being. This includes issues related to care leavers identity development, issues associated with being in foster care and the impact of caring for those who have suffered trauma. I am also engaged in research around supporting the children’s workforce who work with traumatised young people. I am currently undertaking a piece of research to develop trauma recovery core competencies for the children’s workforce in the UK.
I have an interest in adolescent help seeking and engagement with mental health services. I have an interest in community psychology and its application in applied settings, particularly school settings.
In addition, I am interested in understanding the role of supervision in supporting practitioners in their roles as helpers and the role that supervision plays in supporting training and development initiatives.
Research and knowledge exchange
Research being Supervised
- To explore how biological children of foster carers make sense of their experience of their relationship with their parents.
- To explore the role of parental/carer involvement for adolescents within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- To discover whether the return to work after maternity leave is a period of particular vulnerability for depression, anxiety and stress.
- To explore how parents, make sense of their deaf child’s mental health problems
- Service user involvement in CBT training
My knowledge exchange activity within the Salomons Institue for Applied Psychology is focused on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people. This knowledge exchange activity includes consultancy to mental health service commissioners, bespoke training around working with young people particularly those experiencing mental health difficulties and representation on various bodies both public sector and charitable. These include:
- Essex Social Care Academy: providing training in the impact of trauma on working with young people to newly qualified social workers
- Drive forward Foundation: providing training and support to a charity that works with young care leavers to facilitate them into the job market.
- Work with primary, secondary and specialist schools to support the development of student emotional well-being and resilience
- Public Health NHS England Kent and Medway: Delivery of Attachment, Trauma, Neuroscience and Parenting training to all health visitors
- Training for Local Councils e.g. Canterbury City Council, Understanding Adolescent Behaviour, Understanding the Impact of Trauma and the Consequences for Engagement
- Isle of Wight Health training and development consultancy
I offer bespoke training including:
- Mental Health Awareness Training
- Specific mental health topics (e.g. depression, self-harm, anxiety)
- Adolescence, adolescent development and adolescent brain development
- Understanding trauma, brain development and behaviour
- The role of supervision in supporting training and development
- Relationships in the classroom
- Basic counselling skills
Selected Conference Presentations
Hassett, A. and Jones, Siobhan (2017) Experiences of engaging with mental health services in 16-18 year olds: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. In: 17th International European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Congress 2017, 9-11 July 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.
Hassett, A. and Colbridge, Alicia K. (2017) ‘Who am I?’ How female care-leavers construct and make sense of their identity. In: 17th International European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Congress 2017, 9-11 July, 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.
Hassett, A. (2017) PhD in professional practice: psychological perspectives. In: 3rd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training, 3rd-4th April, 2017, Stratford Upon Avon. (Unpublished)
Hassett, A. (2016) Impact of trauma & stress on children. Presentation at the SEPT Nursing Conference: Celebrating Nursing: Partnerships, Challenges & Champions, 10 May 2016, Stansted
Jones, Siobhan, Hassett, A. and Sclare, I. (2016) Experiences of engaging in mental health services in 16-18 year olds: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. In: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Conference, 6th July, 2016, University of Northampton. (Unpublished)
Kenny, Maeve, Hassett, A. and Pae, L. (2016) Exploring how parents make sense of change in parent-child psychotherapy. In: CAMHS Conference, 6th July, 2016, University of Northampton. (Unpublished)
Hassett, A. (2015) Exploring the impact of the Solihull Approach Understanding Your Pupils Behaviour on a range of teacher variables and on their perceptions of their work with young people. 4th European Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Educational Settings, University of Lausanne, 5-6 February 2015
Peer reviews for the NSPCC/ESRC research call
Peer Reviewer for Child and Adolescent Mental Health; British Journal of Nursing
2011 to 2016 Trustee and Training and Development Lead for Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma
Publications and research outputs
Wagg, A., Callanan, M. and Hassett, A. (2019) Online social support group use by breastfeeding mothers: a content analysis. Heliyon, 5 (3).
Garwood, P. and Hassett, A. (2019) Service user involvement in cognitive behavioural therapy training; an interpretive phenomenological analysis. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. ISSN 1755-6228.
Adams, Emma, Hassett, A. and Lumsden, V. (2018) What do we know about the impact of stress on foster carers and contributing factors? Adoption & Fostering, 42 (4). pp. 338-353. ISSN 0308-5759.
Green, Charis, Hassett, A. and Zundel, T. (2018) Parental involvement: a grounded theory of the role of parents in adolescent help seeking for mental health problems. Sage Open, 8 (4). ISSN 2158-2440.
Adams, Emma, Hassett, A. and Lumsden, V. (2018) “They needed the attention more than I did”: how do the birth children of foster carers experience the relationship with their parents? Adoption & Fostering, 42 (2). pp. 135-150. ISSN 0308-5759.
Wagg, A., Callanan, M. and Hassett, A. (2018) The use of computer mediated communication in providing patient support: a review of the research literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82. pp. 68-78. ISSN 0020-7489.
Hassett, A. and Isbister, C. (2017) Young men’s experiences of accessing and receiving help from child and adolescent mental health services following self-harm. SAGE Open, 7 (4). ISSN 2158-2440.
Colbridge, Alicia K., Hassett, A. and Sisley, E. (2017) ‘Who am I?’ How female care-leavers construct and make sense of their identity. SAGE Open. ISSN 2158-2440.
Jones, Siobhan, Hassett, A. and Sclare, I. (2017) The experience of engaging in mental health services in 16-18 year olds: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. SAGEOpen ISSN 2158-2440.
Kenny, Maeve, Hassett, A. and Pae, L. (2017) Exploring how parents make sense of change in parent-child psychotherapy. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 16 (1). pp. 73-92. ISSN 1528-9168.