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Sarah Tully - PRU - The Psychosis Research Unit – NHS
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Sarah Tully

Sarah Tully

Sarah Tully – Assistant Psychologist (Research)

Sarah Tully works full time in The Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) as a Research Assistant Psychologist. Currently, Sarah works on the FOCUS (Focussing on Clozapine Unresponsive Symptoms) Trial. This involves conducting research assessments with participants who are taking Clozapine but are still experiencing some difficulties.


Sarah previously worked on the ACTION (Assessment of Cognitive Therapy instead of Neuroleptics) Trial conducting research assessments with participants who were choosing not to take antipsychotic medication.


Alongside her role at PRU, Sarah is also currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester. Sarah’s thesis is entitled “The Cognitive and Behavioural Consequences of Psychotic Experiences”. Her research focusses on the different ways that people respond to their distressing experiences. This could include safety seeking behaviours, which are considered unhelpful ways of responding and coping, which is considered helpful. Through her research Sarah Tully has learned that the distinction between helpful and unhelpful ways of responding isn’t as clear as this. She has tried to investigate some of the factors that might contribute to the complex relationship between unusual experiences, distress and responses intended to manage this distress. Sarah is due to complete her PhD in December 2016.


Before coming to work at PRU, Sarah worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at Salford Primary Care Mental Health Team. This involved using guided self-help techniques to support people experiencing difficulties with anxiety and depression. Sarah also completed her Masters at the University of Manchester alongside this role. For her Masters dissertation, Sarah looked into techniques that are used to support people who self-harm in a primary care setting.


Sarah Tully completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2006. Her dissertation looked into the factors that have contributed to the increase in the incidence of eating disorders in both men and women. She also completed a research project looking at the impact of reducing self-focussed attention during a public speaking exercise for people who reported feeling anxious in social situations.


In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, running and cooking.