Sarah McDonald

Sarah Mcdonald

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Sarah McDonald is a Lecturer for both undergraduate and postgraduate students on mental health and clinical practice modules.

Sarah is a qualified Clinical Psychologist who has worked in adult mental health. She continues to work in private practice and works with individuals with a range of enduring and complex mental health difficulties. She has completed several research posts concerning healthcare, wellbeing and community provisions.

Career overview

  • Clinical Psychologist in Adult Mental Health
  • Research Fellow at University of Nottingham Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Leadership and Learning
  • Research Fellow at NTU in the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families

Research areas

Clinical Psychology, especially eating disorders, models of therapy, mindfulness and the implementation of novel approaches

Early years services and language development

External activity

Sarah is a regular writer for the research appraisal website The Mental Elf.

Sponsors and collaborators

Currently working with Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis.


Brookman, A , McDonald, S., McDonald, D. & Bishop, D.V.M. (2013). Fine motor deficits in reading disability and language impairment: same or different? Peer J [online]. Available from:

McDonald, S. & Homfray, M. (2013). ‘Alcohol treatment workers’ use of public health policy’ Drugs and Alcohol Today, 13(3), 181-188.

Bishop, D.V.M, Holt, G., Line, E., McDonald, D., McDonald, S. & Watt, H. (2012). ‘Parental phonological memory contributes to prediction of outcome of late talkers from 20 months to 4 years: a longitudinal study of precursors of specific language impairment’ Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 4(3). Available from:

McDonald, S., Slade, P., Spiby, H. & Iles, J. (2011). ‘Post traumatic stress symptoms, parenting stress and mother-child relationships following childbirth and at two years postpartum’ Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 32(3), 141-146.

Press expertise



Children's and youth sector services

Implementation science and process evaluation