Dr Lisa-Marie Emerson, BSc, MSc, PhD, ClinPsyD

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University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN
Tel: (+44) (0)114 2226577
Fax: (+44) (0)114 2226610
Email: l.emerson@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: WB C13


BSc(Hons) (Sheffield), MSc Psychological Research (Sheffield), Ph.D. (Sheffield), Clin.Psy.D. (Manchester)

Research Interests

My research interests are influenced by a continuum model approach to mental health. I am particularly interested in forms of involuntary cognition experienced by clinical and nonclinical populations (e.g. intrusive thoughts). My research investigates the drivers to distress associated with involuntary cognitions. This interest extends to ways of coping with such experiences, namely mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches.

Involuntary cognition

I am interested in different forms of involuntary cognition. Much of my research to date has investigated the experience of intrusive thoughts. I am interested in the factors that determine why some individuals are distressed by intrusive thoughts and others are not. In particular, individual differences in memory processes may impact upon the person’s re-experience of intrusive thoughts and subsequent appraisal of the experience. Current projects in this area include obsessive intrusive thoughts and executive functions, paranoid intrusive thoughts, intrusive thoughts and involuntary musical imagery (earworms).

Childhood mental health

The interface between my clinical and research interests lies in childhood mental health. I am particularly interested in internal and systemic factors that influence the development of mental health problems in childhood. This extends to the application of mindfulness as a means of promoting well-being and preventing the development of difficulties. This area of research involves collaborations with local NHS services and schools, regional universities, and voluntary organisations. Current projects in this area include mindfulness in primary schools (Peace of Mind project), mindfulness and executive functions in childhood, and mindful parenting.

Teaching and administrative duties

I coordinate the curriculum for the DClinPsy training programme.

I teach on modules PSY347 and PSY348.

Current Postgraduate Students/Research Assistants

  • Connor Heapy (PhD)
  • Anna Leyland (PhD)
  • Jodie Stevenson (PhD)
  • Nicole Gibson (DClinPsy)
  • Verity Statham (DClinPsy)
  • Rebecca Barns (DClinPsy)
  • Claire Ogielda-Brown (DClinPsy)


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles