1. Academic experts
  2. Research students
  3. Students
  4. Alumni
  5. Senior people at City
  6. Non-academic staff
  7. Honorary graduates

portrait of Dr Sally Barlow

Dr Sally Barlow

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

Contact Information


Visit Sally Barlow

Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Sally is a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing and also a researcher specialising in recovery-focused mental health. She joined City University London in 2013, moving from Yorkshire where she previously worked at the University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing.

Sally initially worked and studied at Trinity College Dublin where she completed a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience. Her key interest at doctoral level was the pathophysiology of depression and anxiety and approaches to ameliorating symptoms. After working at a molecular level 'at the bench' she made the move to healthcare research 'to the bedside'Her first healthcare research position was based at Bradford University working on body image disturbances as a consequence of lymphoedema secondary to cancer. Following this she was appointed as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing where she taught diverse subject areas such as pathophysiology, research skills and acute mental health care. She is now teaches biology, research methods and contemporary issues in mental health. Her main area of research has focused on mental health and is now specifically focused on recovery-focused mental health and collaborative care.


- BSc (Hons) Neuroscience
- PGDip Statistics
- PhD Behavioural Neuroscience


- Patrizia Matteucci Prize for Best letter of Intent (Grant Writing Forum): PENS, Blackwell Summer School (2007), Rome
- Health Research Board (HRB) Scholar award (2004)
- Scholarship gained for practical training year (2002) - Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago


Research Overview

Sally is currently a full time researcher working on an NIHR funded study -COCAPP - Collaborative Care Planning Project. This research is a cross-national comparative study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination. She would like to continue developing research within the area of mental health and positive wellbeing. Her interests are diverse and she would like to use her expertise in depression, anxiety and body image in future research avenues.

She is also interested in developing further skills in neuroimaging in particular those aligned with clinical studies. In addition, she is keen to undertake systematic reviews with allied researchers who have an interest in examining and evaluating primary research in order to advance current healthcare practice.

Research Interests

- Recovery-focused Mental Health
- Service user and Carer involvement in Mental Health
- Peer Support in Mental Health
- Body Image and Psychological adjustment to disfigurement
- Strategies to ameliorate Depression and Anxiety
- Behavioural Neuroscience
- Strengths-focused wellbeing practices
- Communication and language in healthcare

Principal Collaborators

Internal Collaborators:

- Professor Alan Simpson, Professor of Collaborative Mental Health Nursing, School of Health Sciences, City University London
- Dr Mark Haddad, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, City University London
- Dr Chris Flood, Senior Lecture, School of Health Sciences, City University London

External collaborators:

COCAPP and COCAPP-A: Collaborative Care Planning Studies
- Dr Ben Hannigan (Cardiff University)
- Dr Michael Coffey (Swansea University)
- Dr Aled Jones (Cardiff University)

Research Centres

- Centre for Mental Health Research
- Centre for Health Services Research

- Service User and carer Group Advising on Research (SUGAR)

Research Students

Simon Waller

Thesis title: What are the effects of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy on depression and quality of life?

Further information: MSc Nursing - dissertation co-supervision


Journal articles (14)

  1. Flood, C., Barlow, S., Simpson, A., Burls, A., Price, A., Cartwright, M. … Brini, S. (2018). What utility scores do mental health service users, healthcare professionals and members of the general public attribute to different health states? A co-produced mixed methods online survey. PLoS ONE, 13(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0205223.
  2. Hannigan, B., Simpson, A., Coffey, M., Barlow, S. and Jones, A. (2018). Care coordination as imagined, care coordination as done: Findings from a cross-national mental health systems study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 18(3). doi:10.5334/ijic.3978.
  3. Barlow, S., Fahey, B., Smith, K., Passecker, J., Della-Chiesa, A., Hok, V. … O'Mara, S. (2018). Deficits in temporal order memory induced by interferon-alpha (IFN-α) treatment are rescued by aerobic exercise. Brain Research Bulletin, (140), pp. 212–219. doi:10.1016/j.brainresbull.2018.05.012.
  4. Simpson, A., Coffey, M., Hannigan, B., Barlow, S., Cohen, R., Jones, A. … Marlowe, K. (2017). Cross-national mixed-methods comparative case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and co-ordination in acute inpatient mental health settings (COCAPP-A). Health Services and Delivery Research, 5(26), pp. 1–234. doi:10.3310/hsdr05260.
  5. Coffey, M., Cohen, R., Faulkner, A., Hannigan, B., Simpson, A. and Barlow, S. (2017). Ordinary risks and accepted fictions: how contrasting and competing priorities work in risk assessment and mental health care planning. Health Expectations, 20(3), pp. 471–483. doi:10.1111/hex.12474.
  6. Simpson, A., Hannigan, B., Coffey, M., Barlow, S., Cohen, R., Jones, A. … Cartwright, M. (2016). Recovery-focused care planning and coordination in England and Wales: A cross-national mixed methods comparative case study. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0858-x.
  7. Simpson, A., Hannigan, B., Coffey, M., Jones, A., Barlow, S., Cohen, R. … Faulkner, A. (2016). Cross-national comparative mixed-methods case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and co-ordination: Collaborative Care Planning Project (COCAPP). Health Services and Delivery Research, 4(5), pp. 1–190. doi:10.3310/hsdr04050.
  8. Simpson, A., Hannigan, B., Coffey, M., Jones, A., Barlow, S., Cohen, R. … Haddad, M. (2015). Study protocol: Cross-national comparative case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination (COCAPP). BMC Psychiatry, 15(1). doi:10.1186/s12888-015-0538-2.
  9. Passecker, J., Barlow, S. and O’Mara, S.M. (2014). Dissociating effects of acute photic stress on spatial, episodic-like and working memory in the rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 272, pp. 218–225. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2014.07.007.
  10. Barlow, S., Dixey, R., Todd, J., Taylor, V., Carney, S. and Newell, R. (2014). ‘Abandoned by Medicine’? A qualitative study of women's experiences with lymphoedema secondary to cancer, and the implications for care. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 15(04), pp. 452–463. doi:10.1017/s1463423613000406.
  11. Simpson, A., Jones, J., Barlow, S. and Cox, L. (2014). Adding SUGAR: Service user and carer collaboration in mental health nursing research. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(1). doi:10.3928/02793695-20131126-04.
  12. Wang, B.W., Hok, V., Della-Chiesa, A., Callaghan, C., Barlow, S., Tsanov, M. … O'Mara, S.M. (2012). Rosiglitazone enhances learning, place cell activity, and synaptic plasticity in middle-aged rats. Neurobiology of Aging, 33(4), pp. 835–835. doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.08.013.
  13. Tsanov, M., Lyons, D.G., Barlow, S., González Reyes, R.E. and O'Mara, S.M. (2010). The psychostimulant modafinil facilitates water maze performance and augments synaptic potentiation in dentate gyrus. Neuropharmacology, 59(1-2), pp. 9–19. doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2010.03.010.
  14. Fahey, B., Barlow, S., Day, J.S. and O'Mara, S.M. (2008). Interferon-alpha-induced deficits in novel object recognition are rescued by chronic exercise. Physiol Behav, 95((1-2)), pp. 125–129. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2008.05.008.



- NMM066 Journal Group

Other Activities

Editorial activity (2)

  1. Peer review of submitted journals, Editorial board membership - British Journal of Psychiatry Bulletin, Sep 2015 – present.
  2. Peer Reviewer for the following:

    NIHR Public Health Research Grants Programme

Events/conferences (18)

  1. 21st International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR). (Conference) Manchester (2015).
    Paper: Measuring utility based health states amongst service users and the general population
    Author: Flood. C
    Co-authors: Barlow. S and Simpson. A
  2. 21st International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR). (Conference) Manchester (2015).
    Paper: SUGAR meets dragon’s den!: An innovative approach to collaborative working with service users and carers in mental health nursing research
    Author: Simpson. A,
    Co-authors: Jones. J, Barlow.S
  3. 21st International Network for Psychiatric Nursing research (NPNR). (Conference) Manchester (2015).
    Paper: Paper 3 (Part of a COCAPP Symposium): What do ‘recovery’ and ‘personalisation’ mean? Perspectives of managers, practitioners, service users and carers?
    Author: Hannigan, B
    Co-authors: Simpson, A and Barlow. S
  4. 20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR). Warwick Conference Centre. (Conference) University of Warwick, Coventry (2014).
    Paper: SUGAR in Everything!
    Author: Simpson. A
    Co-authors: Barlow.S, Jone. J and SUGAR
  5. 20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR). (Conference) University of Warwick, Coventry (2014).
    Paper: Working Collaboratively with Service User Researchers – COCAPP study.
    Author: Vseteckova J
    Co-authors: Barlow S, Mair BR, Hannigan B, Coffey M, Jones A, Faulkner A, Egbunike J, Hindle D, Barrett K, Tear J & Simpson A.
  6. 19th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR). (Conference) University of Warwick, Coventry (2013).
    Paper: SUGAR1 and NICE2 and all those difficult decisions: Involving mental health service users in developing methodologies for measuring health utility
    Author: Jha. J
    Co-authors: Flood. C, Barlow. S, Simpson. A and SUGAR
  7. 19th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR). (Conference) University of Warwick, Coventry (2013).
    Paper: Personal experiences of preceptorship in newly qualified mental health nurses and their preceptors
    Author: Jancova. J and Barlow. S
  8. Service user research into social difficulties and appearance concerns in lymphoedema secondary to cancer. Bristol, UK (2012).
    Description: Barlow S, Todd J, Taylor V, Dixey R, Carney S, Newell R (2012), Appearance Matters 5, Bristol, oral presentation.
  9. Analysis of neuropsychiatric side-effects of Interferon-alpha-therapy in Wistar rats. Geneva, Switzerland (2008).
    Description: Barlow S, Passecker J, Della Chiesa A, Wang Boon W, O'Mara S.M. (2008), Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS), poster presentation.
  10. The impact of age and stress on the performance of Episodic-like memory task in Wistar rats. Geneva, Switzerland (2008).
    Description: Passecker J, Barlow S, O'Mara S.M. (2008), Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS), poster presentation.
  11. Persistence of Interferon-alpha induced deficits in Temporal-Order Memory in Wistar Rats after Cessation of Treatment. 39th European Brain Behaviour Society annual general meeting, Trieste, Italy (2007).
    Description: S.Barlow, B. Fahey, D.P. Kelleher, A.M. O’Dwyer, SM. O’Mara,
  12. Analysis of Deficits in Temporal Order Memory in Wistar rats using prior Behavioural Stress and interferon-alpha therapy. Neuroscience Ireland Inaugural Conference, University College Cork (UCC) (2006).
    Description: S. Barlow, K. Smith, B. Fahey, SM. O’Mara
  13. Deficits in Temporal Memory for Serial-order Object Learning induced by prior Behavioural Stress. Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS), Vienna (2006).
    Description: S.Barlow, K. Smith, B. Fahey, SM. O’Mara
  14. Cognitive Profile of Elderly Patients with poor safety awareness attending a day hospital. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco (2006).
    Description: I. Vendrell, S.Barlow, S. Kennelly, A.M. Scanlon, S. O’Brien, M. Murrin, D. O’Neill
  15. Prevalence of Poor Safety awareness in older patients attending a day hospital. Irish Gerontological Society (IGS), University College Dublin (UCD) (2005).
    Description: S.Barlow, S.Kennelly, A.M. Scanlon, S.O’Brien, M. Murrin, D. O’Neill
  16. Tight regulation of AADC and GFP expression from AAV vectors harbouring a tetracycline (TET)-ON regulated promoter. American Society for Gene Therapy (ASGT), Washington D.C (2003).
    Description: S.Rampalli, L.Jiang, S.Barlow and M.C.Bohn
  17. Quantitative assays of humanised green fluorescent protein (hGFP) expression from recombinant “tetracycline (tet) on” adeno-associated vectors (rAAV). Society for Neuroscience (2003).
    Description: S.Rampalli, L.Jiang, C. Press, S.Barlow and M.C.Bohn
  18. Chair - Policy UK Forum Event. (Public lecture) The Kings Fund
    Paper: Rethinking approaches to Mental Health, The 5 year Forward View for Prevention, Treatment and Support
    Author: Barlow. S