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Dr Kate Russo

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Assistant Course Director Doctorate in Clinical Psychology



Room 04.406, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 6527


BPsych (Hons), 1990-1993 (James Cook University, Townsville, Australia)

MClinPych, 1995-1997 (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)

Statement of Equivalence, 1999-2000 (British Psychological Society)

Top Up Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2005-2007, (University of Hull, England)

Professional Affiliations

Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol)

Health Professions Council Registered Practitioner Clinical Psychologist

Member of Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member, Qualitative Methods in Psychology, BPS

Member, UK Paediatric Psychology Network

Member, British Psychosocial Professionals Group in Cystic Fibrosis

Member, European Cystic Fibrosis Society

Coordinator, IPA-NI (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Northern Ireland) Research Discussion Group

Administrative Roles

Year One Tutor, DClinPsych Programme

Examinations Officer, DClinPsych Programme

Marketing & Diversity Coordinator, DClinPsych Programme

PSY9011 Clinical Presentations of Adult and Childhood

PSY9012 Psychological Assessment

PSY9013 Psychological Therapies 1

PSY9014 Personal and Professional Development 1

PSY9015 Applied Research 1

PSY9016 Placement 1 – Foundations of Psychological Therapy

Level Two Modules (DClinPsych):

PSY9018 Assessment and Formulation

PSY9021 Applied Research 2

PSY9022 Placement 2

PSY9023 Placement 3

Level Three modules (DClinPsych):

PSY9026 Applied Research 3

PSY9027 Placement 4 – Specialist Services 1

PSY9028 Placement 5 – Specialist Services 2

I have an interest in qualitative methods, especially Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). I coordinate a regional IPA discussion group – IPA-NI, which is attended by postgraduate students from across Northern Ireland using IPA.

My research programme spans three main areas:

a) General phenomenological research, especially the patient and carer experience of disease and illness, health care; and personal perceptions of risk. 

b) Adjustment in children with chronic and life limited illness, especially cystic fibrosis.  Specifically the experience of cross infection measures and segregation; the healthy sibling experience; and family adjustment.  

c) Ethics and quality in qualitative research, supervision in phenomenological research.

Selected Recent Peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings

Russo, K., Crossan, A.J., Reid, A., & Guinan, C. (2011). A ten year retrospective audit of clinical psychology referrals within a paediatric CF team. Abstract 357. Proceedings of the 34th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Hamburg, Journal of Cystic Fibrosis Conference Supplement

Crossan, A. J., Russo, K., Rendall, J., Elborne, J.S., & Guinan, C. (2011). A ten year audit of clinical psychology referrals in the Regional Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit in Northern Ireland. Abstract 358. Proceedings of the 34th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference,Hamburg, Journal of Cystic Fibrosis Conference Supplement

Thompson, A., & Russo, K. (2012). Ethical dilemmas for clinical psychologists in conducting qualitative research. Qualitative Research in Psychology – Special issue on qualitative methods and clinical psychology, Volume 9, Issue 1, p32-46.

Gordon, M. & Russo, K. (2009). Children’s views matter too! A pilot project assessing young people’s experiences of clinical psychology services. Child Care in Practice, 15 (1), 39-48

Russo, K., Donnelly, M. & Reid, A.J. (2008). New challenges faced by carers during their child’s hospital admission under segregation. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, Vol 7 (2),Abstract no 405. Proceedings of the 31st European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Prague, 11-14 June

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