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City, University of London
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Kirsten is a psychologist with a special interest in the prevention and treatment of inter-generational mental health difficulties. Her work has particularly focussed on the experiences of people diagnosed with personality disorder who may be survivors of complex trauma, and on parent-infant interventions in the perinatal period. She joined City in 2020, having previously held NIHR Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship positions at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London. She is currently leading an NIHR-funded randomised controlled trial of the video feedback intervention for positive parenting (VIPP) for parents with enduring difficulties in managing emotions and relationships, consistent with a personality disorder. Prior to this, her NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship explored the interplay between personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and evaluated outcomes and experiences of dialectical behaviour therapy and mentalization-based psychological therapies. She has also recently collaborated on a project evaluating the impact of maternal antenatal anxiety on child development, stress responsivity and epigenetics.


  1. BA Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  2. PhD Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  3. Fellow, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom


Journal articles (31)

  1. Barnicot, K., Michael, C., Trione, E., Lang, S., Saunders, T., Sharp, M. … Crawford, M.J. (2020). Psychological interventions for acute psychiatric inpatients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 82. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2020.101929.
  2. Barnicot, K., Allen, K., Hood, C. and Crawford, M. (2020). Older adult experience of care and staffing on hospital and community wards: a cross-sectional study. BMC health services research, 20(1), p. 583. doi:10.1186/s12913-020-05433-w.
  3. Collins, A., Barnicot, K. and Sen, P. (2020). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Personality Disorder Prevalence and Patient Outcomes in Emergency Departments. Journal of Personality Disorders, 34(3), pp. 324–347. doi:10.1521/pedi_2018_32_400.
  4. Barnicot, K. and Crawford, M. (2019). Conclusions and questions from a non-randomised comparison of routine clinical services implementing different treatment models for borderline personality disorder. Psychological Medicine, 49(16), pp. 2812–2814. doi:10.1017/s0033291719002447.
  5. Katsakou, C., Pistrang, N., Barnicot, K., White, H. and Priebe, S. (2019). Processes of recovery through routine or specialist treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD): a qualitative study. Journal of Mental Health, 28(6), pp. 604–612. doi:10.1080/09638237.2017.1340631.
  6. Lei, H., Barnicot, K., Maynard, E., Etherington, A., Zalewska, K., Quirk, A. … Crawford, M.J. (2019). Factors influencing use of community treatment orders and quality of care that people receive: results of a national survey in England and Wales. BJPsych Bulletin, 43(5), pp. 227–235. doi:10.1192/bjb.2019.23.
  7. Barnicot, K. and Crawford, M. (2019). Dialectical behaviour therapy v. mentalisation-based therapy for borderline personality disorder. Psychological Medicine, 49(12), pp. 2060–2068. doi:10.1017/s0033291718002878.
  8. Hall, K., Barnicot, K., Crawford, M. and Moran, P. (2019). A systematic review of interventions aimed at improving the cardiovascular health of people diagnosed with personality disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 54(8), pp. 897–904. doi:10.1007/s00127-019-01705-x.
  9. Barnicot, K. and Crawford, M. (2018). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment Outcomes and Mediators. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31(6), pp. 899–908. doi:10.1002/jts.22340.
  10. Sharp, M., Gulati, A., Barker, C. and Barnicot, K. (2018). Developing an emotional coping skills workbook for inpatient psychiatric settings: a focus group investigation. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1). doi:10.1186/s12888-018-1790-z.
  11. Yiend, J., Barnicot, K., Williams, M. and Fox, E. (2018). The influence of positive and negative affect on emotional attention. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 61, pp. 80–86. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2018.06.008.
  12. Insua-Summerhays, B., Hart, A., Plummer, E., Priebe, S. and Barnicot, K. (2018). Staff and patient perspectives on therapeutic engagement during one-to-one observation. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 25(9-10), pp. 546–557. doi:10.1111/jpm.12497.
  13. Innocent, S., Podder, P., Ram, J.R., Barnicot, K. and Sen, P. (2018). Using the SAPAS to identify risk for personality disorders among psychiatric outpatients in India: A feasibility study. Personality and Mental Health, 12(1), pp. 15–24. doi:10.1002/pmh.1394.
  14. Dale, O., Sethi, F., Stanton, C., Evans, S., Barnicot, K., Sedgwick, R. … Moran, P. (2017). Personality disorder services in England: findings from a national survey. BJPsych Bulletin, 41(5), pp. 247–253. doi:10.1192/pb.bp.116.055251.
  15. Barnicot, K., Insua-Summerhayes, B., Plummer, E., Hart, A., Barker, C. and Priebe, S. (2017). Staff and patient experiences of decision-making about continuous observation in psychiatric hospitals. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52(4), pp. 473–483. doi:10.1007/s00127-017-1338-4.
  16. Barnicot, K., Gonzalez, R., McCabe, R. and Priebe, S. (2016). Skills use and common treatment processes in dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, pp. 147–156. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.04.006.
  17. Sanatinia, R., Cowan, V., Barnicot, K., Zalewska, K., Shiers, D., Cooper, S.J. … Crawford, M.J. (2016). Loss of relational continuity of care in schizophrenia: associations with patient satisfaction and quality of care. BJPsych Open, 2(5), pp. 318–322. doi:10.1192/bjpo.bp.116.003186.
  18. Crawford, M.J., Barnicot, K., Patterson, S. and Gold, C. (2016). Negative results in phase III trials of complex interventions:
    Cause for concern or just good science?
    British Journal of Psychiatry, 209(1), pp. 6–8. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.115.179747.
  19. González, R.A., Kallis, C., Ullrich, S., Barnicot, K., Keers, R. and Coid, J.W. (2016). Childhood maltreatment and violence: Mediation through psychiatric morbidity. Child Abuse & Neglect, 52, pp. 70–84. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.01.002.
  20. Barnicot, K. and Ramchandani, P. (2015). What’s in a name? Borderline personality disorder in adolescence. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 24(11), pp. 1303–1305. doi:10.1007/s00787-015-0787-0.
  21. Barnicot, K., Couldrey, L., Sandhu, S. and Priebe, S. (2015). Overcoming Barriers to Skills Training in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Qualitative Interview Study. PLOS ONE, 10(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140635.
  22. Highton-Williamson, E., Barnicot, K., Kareem, T. and Priebe, S. (2015). Offering Financial Incentives to Increase Adherence to Antipsychotic Medication. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 35(2), pp. 120–127. doi:10.1097/jcp.0000000000000276.
  23. Barnicot, K., Wampold, B. and Priebe, S. (2014). The effect of core clinician interpersonal behaviours on depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 167, pp. 112–117. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2014.05.064.
  24. Barnicot, K., Savill, M., Bhatti, N. and Priebe, S. (2014). A Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Effects on Hospitalisation and Post-Treatment Follow-Up. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83(3), pp. 192–193. doi:10.1159/000357365.
  25. Barnicot, K. and Priebe, S. (2013). Post-traumatic stress disorder and the outcome of dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder. Personality and Mental Health, 7(3), pp. 181–190. doi:10.1002/pmh.1227.
  26. Barnicot, K., Katsakou, C., Bhatti, N., Savill, M., Fearns, N. and Priebe, S. (2012). Factors predicting the outcome of psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(5), pp. 400–412. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2012.04.004.
  27. Katsakou, C., Marougka, S., Barnicot, K., Savill, M., White, H., Lockwood, K. … Priebe, S. (2012). Recovery in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): A Qualitative Study of Service Users' Perspectives. PLoS ONE, 7(5). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036517.
  28. Priebe, S., Bhatti, N., Barnicot, K., Bremner, S., Gaglia, A., Katsakou, C. … Zinkler, M. (2012). Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Self-Harming Patients with Personality Disorder: A Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 81(6), pp. 356–365. doi:10.1159/000338897.
  29. Priebe, S., Barnicot, K., McCabe, R., Kiejna, A., Nawka, P., Raboch, J. … Kallert, T. (2011). Patients’ subjective initial response and the outcome of inpatient and day hospital treatment. European Psychiatry, 26(7), pp. 408–413. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.03.009.
  30. Barnicot, K., Katsakou, C., Marougka, S. and Priebe, S. (2011). Treatment completion in psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder - a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 123(5), pp. 327–338. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2010.01652.x.
  31. Barnicot, K. Evidence-based psychological interventions for borderline personality disorder in the United Kingdom. Who falls through the gaps? Journal of Psychological Therapies.