Celeste Foster

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Senior lecturer mental health


Celeste is a senior mental health nurse, registered adolescent psychotherapist and academic who has been working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) since 1995. Celeste is a senior lecturer and the enterprise lead within the Directorate of Health, School of Health & Society. Her research interests are self-harm and psychoanalytic approaches to working with adolescents and their professional networks in relation to self-harm, complex psychosomatic presentations and developmental trauma. Throughout her academic career she has worked with practice partners to develop CAMH-related teaching and learning products and led a number of enterprise projects evaluating impact of school-based mental health initiatives.

Areas of research

Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Self-Harm, Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Schools, Age Discrimination, Psychoanalytic Practice

Research Interests

  • Examining the impact of a psychoanalytic work discussion group upon care quality, mental health nursing identity and professional quality of life in Adolescent PICU environments (Principle Investigator): A mixed methods research project in collaboration with The Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal (2013-2016)
  • Research Evaluation of Emotionally Healthy Schools Initiative in East Cheshire, commissioned project (Principle investigator):18 month mixed methods research project with additional workforce development component. Commissioned by East Cheshire Council: £26,450. (September 2015-February 2017)
  • Suicide and Self-Harm in Children and Young People in Knowsley. Combined Research & Work Force Development, commissioned project (Overall Project Lead): 12 month project commissioned by NHS Merseyside CAMHS commissioning for Knowsley. Total Commission £32,000: C. Foster 60%/Dr S. McAndrew 40% (2012-13) 
  • Age and Discrimination: A study of the effect of a teaching exercise on attitudes towards younger and older people(Co-lead Investigator Dr Elizabeth Collier) – Teaching and learning research project at the University of Salford

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 2008 MA in Psychoanalytic Interventions with Adolescents (Distinction), Tavistock Clinic/University Of East London
  • 2005 Post Graduate Certificate In Higher Education & Research (Distinction), University Of Salford
  • 2002 Therapeutic Interventions In Self-Injury (Distinction), University of Salford
  • 2000 Diploma Professional Nursing Studies/Registered Mental Health Nurse, University Of Manchester/ Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • 1996 BSc (Hons) Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2:1), University of Manchester Institute of Science &Technology (UMIST)


  • 2014 Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 2012 Registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Children & Young People Division, British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)