Victoria Stafford

MSc Psychological Research Methods, Lancaster University
BSc Psychology, Lancaster University


 Victoria Stafford




My two primary areas of research are communication in initial assessment (triage) appointments at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and the research and development of psycho- educational resource for parents with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).





-          Decision Making in Child Mental Health Assessments: A Pilot Study

-          The psycho- educational needs of parents with children diagnosed with ASD



I am also a part- time PhD student at the Greenwood Institute, being supervised by Dr Michelle O’Reilly (Psychology) and Professor Ian Hutchby (Sociology). My research uses conversation analysis to explore how the organisation of access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is negotiated between families and clinicians during the triage appointments mentioned above. I am particularly interested in the variety of ways children and their families present their concerns as warranting CAMHS intervention, and the subsequent ‘negotiation’ between them and the clinicians as to whether there is a problem and the appropriate follow up options. My thesis will focus on the interactions that happen around three main aspects of the appointment 1) The problem presentation phase; 2) Building a case; 3) The feedback of the clinician’s conclusions and families reactions.



Guest lectures

-          Qualitative Research Methods for MSc in Forensic Psychology, 2011

-          Discourse Analysis for second year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2013.



Stafford, V. (2013). Did you see? Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 10, 129- 130.



O'Reilly, M., Parker, N., Stafford, V., and Karim, K. (2012). "I think the University is doing some project": The challenge of convincing the NHS of the value of CA. Paper presented at 'Discourse, communication, conversation: An anniversary conference' March Conference. Loughborough: Loughborough University. 

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