Dr Sue McAndrew

Dr Sue McAndrew is Professor of Mental health and Young People at the University of Salford. Sue has worked in mental health nursing since 1972, working in numerous clinical settings, including community mental health, before moving to education. In 1992 she became a lecturer at the University of Leeds where she worked for 17 years, during which time she continued to work 1 day per week in primary MH care. In 2009 Sue took up a part time post as Research Fellow [MH] at the University of Salford, was promoted to Reader in 2014 and became Professor in 2017. Sue has published extensively; and presented papers at local, national and international conferences. Sue is an active researcher, her interests including young carers and service users; Childhood Sexual Abuse and its impact on mental health; selfharm & suicide and therapeutic engagement. Sue has had funded projects in self-harm; therapeutic engagement; service user and carers experience, and the ‘Support Our Sisters (SOS) programme, a project re female genital mutilation, some of the recommendations of which have been adopted across Greater Manchester. She has supported 11 doctoral students to successful completion. Sue is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and chaired the Post Graduate Research Ethics Panel for the School of Health and Society (2014 – 2019). Sue is a member of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK and is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Start-in-Salford, the latter being a charitable organisation offering support to those with mental health problems through creativity and the arts. 

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

The latent psychological effects of childhood sexual abuse; The mental health of young carers; Self-harm and/or suicide amongst young people; Therapeutic engagement in addressing mental health problems; The emotionality of working in mental health care. I am particularly interested in qualitative narrative research and/or research informed by psychoanalytic theories. 

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ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0038-8979


CYP, child sexual exploitation, CYP & Mental health, Self-Harm, Suicide CYP, Mental Health Care Workers, Therapeutic engagement