Dr. Chris Blackmore, BSc, MA, DipCoun, PhD, SFHEA

Senior University Teacher

Dr Chris Blackmore

Mental Health Research Unit
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Tel:(+44) (0)114 2220848
Fax:(+44) (0)114 2220785
Email: c.m.blackmore@sheffield.ac.uk




I joined the University of Sheffield in 2002 to work on the SEPTIMUS project which developed and evaluated online Psychotherapy training resources. Since that time, I have been a tutor and Course Director on the course which became the MSc in Psychotherapy Studies. I have developed a wider interest in online learning, and in particular on the role of emotions in online learning, which was the topic of my doctoral thesis, completed in 2016.

Research interests

My main research interest is in the role of emotions in online learning, and more generally the impact of the internet on well-being. I have been involved in evaluating the CEP, SEPTIMUS and DEEP projects which have established and developed e-learning Psychotherapy training resources across Europe. Since my doctoral research, I have become interested in the potential of learning analytics and the use of data on well-being to enhance and personalize students' learning, and the application of the same principles in analysing therapeutic interactions.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interest is in the area of Psychotherapy Studies and Mental Health. I have experience in online learning, and of teaching both students and staff how to get the most out of online learning and teaching activity.

PhD supervision

I am able to act as a second supervisor for PhD students and am interested in supervising research on online learning, textual analysis, transformative learning, well-being and student engagement. 

Professional activities

  • External Examiner for the Open University and New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, London


  • Principal Investigator, Centre for Psychological Services Research (CPSR): “Systematic Review of Group Psychotherapy”, funded by Institute of Group Analysis and Group Analytic Society

Journal articles


  • Blackmore C, van Deurzen E & Tantam D (2007) Therapy training online- using the internet to widen access to training in mental health issues In Stickley T & Basset T (Ed.), Teaching and learning about mental health (pp. 337-352). Wiley-Blackwell RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blackmore C, van Deurzen E & Tantam D (2005) E-Learning vs. Traditional Teaching Methods, Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies (pp. 174-178). Information Science Reference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Arnold-Baker C, Lamont N, Adams M, Vos J, Blackmore C, Tantam D, Correia E, Strasser A, van Deurzen-Smith S & Lagerström A () Challenges and New Developments in Existential-Phenomenological Therapy, The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy (pp. 214-229). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Richardson JE, Blackmore C & Atkin A (2007) Arguing with Asperger Syndrome. Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (pp 1141-1146) RIS download Bibtex download

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