Sarah Elliott


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Research interests

Sarah is working on and/or interested in research, service and quality improvement, audit, evaluation and literature reviews in the following areas:

  • Delivery of trauma-informed care practices in secure services and their impact on recidivism and staff wellbeing  
  • The effectiveness of Dialectical Behaviour therapy in Forensic Settings
  • The role of cognitive distortions and intrusive thoughts in offending behaviour
  •  Physical health and the management of obesity in secure services
  • Attachment styles and offending behaviour in adults

Teaching interests

  • Working with female offenders
  • CBT approaches to working with offenders
  • DBT in Forensic Settings
  • Working with Gang members
  • Assessment and Formulation in Forensics
  • Team formulation
  • Risk Assessment in high risk behaviours (e.g. suicidality/self-harm, violence) 



Other responsibilities

Background and clinical work

Dr Sarah Elliott is a Clinical Psychologist and a BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioner. Sarah has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice and an MSc in Psychology by Research from the University of Glamorgan. Sarah’s MSc research focussed on exploring online infidelity.  Sarah's doctoral thesis also undertaken at the University of Glamorgan, examined the role of females in gangs across the UK.


Sarah completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Bath in 2016. Since then she has been working in Medium secure services with a range of service users with severe mental health problems and offending/risk behaviour. Sarah is currently the Lead Clinical Psychologist for a Women's Medium Secure Service in the South West. She is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is  the DBT lead for Secure Services.   


In 2019, Sarah joined the University of Bath as a lecturer on the Applied MSc in Forensic Psychology with Counselling course. She has since become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and assumed the role of Deputy Director of Studies. 


Roles for the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling 

  • Deputy DoS
  • Personal tutor
  • Dissertation Supervisor
  • Lecturer
  • Member of the placements team
  • Unit convenor for (i) Assessment and Formulation and (ii) Working with Offenders and Victims modules
  • Lead for Reflective Practice and Skills-based learning 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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