I joined the University of Cumbria in 2011 following many years working as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and subsequently as a Head of the Psychology Department at Staffordshire University. I obtained my PhD from Manchester University which looked at the development of memory and arithmetical skills in young children. I am a qualified Counsellor and work mainly with couples undergoing Couple Counselling. I am also a qualified Counselling supervisor and worked for Relate for over 12 years. I currently have a small private practice. Since joining UoC I have been the Programme Leader for the MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualifications and memberships

  • PhD (Psychology)
  • BSc(Hons) Psychology
  • PgDip Counselling
  • Diploma Supervision

Academic and research interests

  • Adult Attachment
  • Couple Counselling
  • Emotion Focused Therapy


  • Galbraith D., Ford S., Walker G & Ford J.C (2008) Components of Working Memory involved in Writing. L1-Educational Studies in Language & Literature. Issue 1.
  • Ford S. & Silber K.P. (1994) Working Memory in Children: A developmental approach to the phonological coding of pictorial material. British Journal of Developmental Psychology 12, 165-175.
  • Ford S., Sheffield D., Staples., P & Vanono, L. (2005) Maths Anxiety: Effects on Performance and Serial Recall. Paper presented at B.P.S. Quinquennial Conference, Manchester.

Recent external roles

  • External Examiner Counselling Couses U.E.A. 2011-2015
  • External Examiner Counselling Courses Staffordshire University 2016-current
  • PhD External Examiner University of Derby 2015, 2016.