Dr Sarah Atayero is a British Nigerian clinical psychologist and a director of the BiPP Network - an organisation that prioritises the advancement and representation of Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in psychiatry and psychology. Prior to this, Sarah read for a degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and later completed an MSc in Affective Disorders at King’s College London.
Sarah’s experience working in NHS mental health services highlighted multiple challenges that intersected with her identity as a Black British woman. Committed to anti-racism and decolonisation, she supports those facing psychological distress through her clinical practice, research, and writing. Sarah's work delves into psychology's colonial past to address racial inequities in mental health treatment and the psychological workforce. Her mission is to educate and empower students, teachers, academics, and clinicians in championing decolonisation and anti-racism within psychology.
From conferences to creative collaborations, Sarah always looks for opportunities to collaborate and learn something new that she can apply to her work. Explore Sarah's portfolio, and feel free to get in touch with any questions.
2020 - 2023
PHD IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Thesis: 'Exploring How Aspiring Clinical Psychologists from Different Racial Groups Experience and Make Sense of their NHS Career Trajectory' supervised by Prof Stephani Hatch and Dr Thora Bjornsdottir.
2016 - 2017
MSC IN AFFECTIVE DISORDERS,
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Dissertation: 'Impact of Stigma on Help-seeking Behaviour for Common Mental Disorders: Secondary data analysis of a South London community population', supervised by Prof Stephani Hatch.
2013 - 2016
BA IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Dissertation: 'The Sensitive Adolescent Brain & Depression: Why is adolescence a risky period for the first onset of major depressive disorder?' supervised by Dr Catherine Crane
Want to learn more about Sarah's academic journey? Get in touch, she's always happy to provide support and advice to aspiring psychologists and researchers from racially minoritised backgrounds.
2020 - 2023
TRAINEE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
ROYAL HOLLOWAY DCLINPSY
During Sarah's professional clinical psychology doctorate she completed a variety of clinical placements delievered both online and face-to-face. This included working at Camden Early Intervention for Psychosis service, Barnet CAMHS, and UCLH Oncology Psychology service. Sarah's 3rd year specialist placement was with the Guy's and St Thomas' Trust Staff Wellbeing Psychology team, with a specific focus on supporting racial equity and anti-racism within the Trust.
2018 - 2020
GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL
Sarah worked at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health as part of the Mental Health Intervention for Children with Epilepsy (M.I.C.E) study. She delivered low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy, based on the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), to children with epilepsy.
ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGISTCROYDON TALKING THERAPIES
Based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital within the Croydon Talking Therapies (IAPT) service, Sarah was involved in the assessment and treatment of clients with common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety using low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy. She was also part of the increasing access for racial minorities working group and led community outreach workshops.
2017 - 2018
HONORARY ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGIST
LEWISHAM PROMOTING RECOVERY
Sarah delivered low-intensity interventions to individuals recovering from psychosis, including implementing a range of CBT and DBT techniques. She also conducted a research audit on the need for parenting support and advice within the service’s client group.