Dr Sarah Blainey

BA(Hons.), M.Phil, D.Clin.Psy, PG.Dip


SarahBlainey-1-bwDr Sarah Blainey is a Senior Clinical Psychologist within the Adult Neurodevelopmental Psychology Service.  Her role includes providing psychological assessment and evidence based interventions for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD.  She also provides clinical supervision.

Dr Blainey completed her psychology degree at the University of Manchester.  She gained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin Psy) at the University of Sheffield, following which she completed a PG.DIP in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, while working with IAPT.


Dr Blainey is a practitioner psychologist registered with the HCPC and an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the BABCP.


Current research interests are around interactions between Autism Spectrum Disorder and mental health problems. She is interested in understanding how mental health interventions and services can be effectively adapted to meet the needs of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and in understanding the effectiveness of psychological interventions for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This includes investigating the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and social skills interventions groups within this population.


Binnie, J., & Blainey, S. (2013). The use of cognitive behavioural therapy for adults with autism spectrum disorders: a review of the evidence. Mental Health Review Journal, 18(2), 93-104.

Blainey, S. H., & Slade, P. (2015). Exploring the process of writing about and sharing traumatic birth experiences online. British journal of health psychology, 20(2), 243-260.

Spain, D., & Blainey, S. H. (2015). Group social skills interventions for adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review. Autism, 19(7), 874-886.


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