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Sarah Foster

Graduate Tutor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Sarah Foster is a Graduate Tutor in the Department of Social Work and Communities at Northumbria University. 

Sarah joined the University in 2014.  Sarah is undertaking doctoral research on attachment theory and its relevance to clinical and social work practice. Sarah has undertaken training with leading attachment researchers on ‘gold standard’ attachment measures including the Adult Attachment Interview with Drs Mary Main and Erik Hesse, and the Strange Situation Procedure with Dr Judith Solomon. 

Alongside her research, Sarah teaches attachment theory and other psychological and sociological concepts to students on Social Work, Guidance and Counselling, and Early Years Studies degrees. 

Sarah runs the North East Attachment Special Interest Group. This provides a forum for practitioners and academics to come together to consider the implications of attachment theory, research findings and assessments for practice. Monthly seminars are held at Northumbria University’s Coach Lane Campus. If you would like more information, or wish to join the group, please contact Sarah.  

Previously, Sarah worked for seven years as a social researcher. During that time Sarah managed a wide range of large scale research projects and evaluations commissioned by government departments, local authorities and charities.  Prior to this, Sarah worked in a local authority Children’s Services Department as a workforce development manager.

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus East


PGCert August 31 2006

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Attachment histories and futures: reply to Vicedo’s ‘Putting attachment in its place’, Duschinsky, R., van IJzendoorn, M., Foster, S., Reijman, S., Lionetti, F. 2 Jan 2020, In: European Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • Attachment difficulties and disorders, Turner, M., Beckwith, H., Duschinsky, R., Forslund, T., Foster, S., Coughlan, B., Pal, S., Schuengel, C. 1 Apr 2019
  • The infant disorganised attachment classification: “Patterning within the disturbance of coherence”, Reijman, S., Foster, S., Duschinsky, R. 1 Mar 2018, In: Social Science & Medicine
  • Disorganized attachment in infancy: a review of the phenomenon and its implications for clinicians and policy-makers, Granqvist, P., Sroufe, L., Dozier, M., Hesse, E., Steele, M., van Ijzendoorn, M., Solomon, J., Schuengel, C., Fearon, P., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M., Steele, H., Cassidy, J., Carlson, E., Madigan, S., Jacobvitz, D., Foster, S., Behrens, K., Rifkin-Graboi, A., Gribneau, N., Spangler, G., Ward, M., True, M., Spieker, S., Reijman, S., Reisz, S., Tharner, A., Nkara, F., Goldwyn, R., Sroufe, J., Pederson, D., Pederson, D., Weigand, R., Siegel, D., Dazzi, N., Bernard, K., Fonagy, P., Waters, E., Toth, S., Cicchetti, D., Zeanah, C., Lyons-Ruth, K., Main, M., Duschinsky, R. 2017, In: Attachment & Human Development


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