Christie Garner


Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Christie Garner
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH
  • MA Social Research, University of Sheffield
  • BSc Psychology, Bournemouth University
Research interests
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Ethnic minority studies
  • Childhood and youth studies
  • Social Policy and practice
  • Co-production and community research
  • Qualitative Research

Thesis: Giving voice to children in family-centred work: co-producing an evaluation framework for the Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities parenting programme

My project is interdisciplinary, drawing on theory and methods from social policy, sociology, psychology and public health.

I have a collaborative partnership award with the Race Equality Foundation (REF), a third sector organisation promoting race equality in social support, policy and public services.

I will be using participatory action research approaches to explore experiences of Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC) from the perspective of children and young people (CYP); and developing an evaluation framework to give voice to CYP in this field.

SFSC is an inclusive parenting programme developed and delivered by REF. However, it is increasingly recognised that professionals and parents have dominated the articulation of programme goals and outcomes.

If such programmes are to benefit whole families, there is a need for CYP to be meaningfully engaged in their design, delivery and evaluation. SFSC is an ideal programme to explore and develop the involvement of CYP in parenting and family support initiatives.

Unlike many interventions, SFSC is not therapeutic or deficit based, and successfully engages parents who feel marginalised or stigmatised by mainstream services, such as minority communities and those experiencing deprivation.

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After completing my psychology degree I worked as a psychological therapist in NHS mental health services. I supported people experiencing various mental-ill health including psychosis, anxiety and depression.

I also held roles in service improvement and conducted research resulting in several publications.

Awards and scholarships

  • ESRC White Rose Social Science DTP 1+3 Studentship
  • Katherine Newman-Taylor, Christie Garner, Elizabeth Vernon-Wilson, Karlien H. W. Paas, Lesley Herbert & Sheena K. Au-Yeung (2017) Psychometric evaluation of the hope, agency and opportunity (HAO); a brief measure of mental health recovery, Journal of Mental Health, 26:6, 562
  • Rathod, S., Garner, C., Griffiths, A., Dimitrov, B.D., Newman-Taylor, K., Woodfine, C., Hansen, L., Tabraham, P., Ward, K., Asher, C. and Phiri, P., 2016. Protocol for a multicentre study to assess feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and direct costs of TRIumPH (Treatment and Recovery In PsycHosis): integrated care pathway for psychosis. BMJ open, 6(12)