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School of Health and Society

Professor Sue McAndrew

Professor of mental health and young people


A Professor in Mental Health and an active researcher, Sue has worked in mental health nursing since 1972. Becoming a lecturer in 1992 at the University of Leeds, she continued to work 1 day per week in primary MH care. In 2009 Sue became a Research Fellow [MH] at UoS, being promoted to Reader in 2014. Sue has published extensively and co-edited 3 books. Research interests include service users & carers; CSA, self harm & suicide; therapeutic engagement and preparation for MH nursing. Sue is associate editor - International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and chairs the PGR Ethics Panel.


Chair of PGR Ethics Panel - across 2 Schools; Health & Society and Health Sciences - associated teaching University wide and across both Schools. Supervision of PhD and Masters Students.

Teaching interests:

  • Mental Health
  • Therapeutic Engagement
  • Young Carers & Service Users
  • Psychoanalytic approaches
  • Child abuse

Research Interests

Research projects include; self harm among young people, FGM, Young Carers/service users, developing a tool to measure therapeutic engagement from staff and service user perspectives (national project), evaluation of Mind's counselling service, Building resilience in families involved with the criminal justice system and evaluation of Start in Salford's support groups for people with mental health problems. Other outputs include: 43 peer reviewed papers published in high quality journals, 3 edited books, 16 chapters, 81 oral presentations at national and international conferences and 2 poster presentations at international conferences.

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualified.,PhD, MSc BSc., Qualified Marital & Psychosexual Therapist, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Qualified Mental Health Nurse.


Mulongo P., McAndrew S. & Hollins-Martin C. 2014 Crossing Borders: Discussing the evidence relating to the mental health needs of women exposed to female genital mutilation. International Journal of Mental health Nursing. 23:4, 296 - 305

McAndrew, S., & Warne, T. (2014). Hearing the voices of young people who self-harm: Implications for service providers. International journal of mental health nursing, 23(6), 570-579.

Cusack P., McAndrew S., Warne T & Cusack F. (2016) Restraint: Reviewing the evidence of the effects of restraint from the perspective of service users and mental health nurses in the UK. International Journal of Law and mental Health. Vol 14, 20 - 26

Beaumont E., Hickey A., McAndrew S. Goldman S. & Warne T. (2016) Minding the gaps: Using narrative account to explore people’s using North Staffs MINDs Adult Counselling Service. Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(4) 298-306.

Chambers M. McAndrew S. Nolan F. Thomas B. Watts P. & Kantaris X (2016) Service user involvement in the co-production of a mental health nursing metric: The therapeutic engagement questionnaire. Health Expectations, 1-7 D.O.I 10.1111/hex12526.

See USIR for a complete list of publications (

Postgraduate research

  • Self harm and Suicidality
  • Young people and mental wellbeing 
  • Narrative studies
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Gender identity issues