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Dr Susan Barker

Dr Susan Barker

Lecturer: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Care

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87763
2F18, 2nd Floor, Cardigan House, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Sue Barker is a registered mental health nurse and chartered psychologist.  She is interested in emotional compassionate care with a focus on perinatal mental health, people experiencing dementia and those caring for them.  She has used a phenomenological approach to understand people's mental wellbeing and the sharing of emotional care. This provides her with an embodied humanised philosophy to support her teaching and supervision.   Sue is the Communication Champion for the School and an advocate of rejoicing in diversity.

Sue has been a mental health nurse since 1983 and initially trained at Gloucester school of nursing.  She undertook her first degree with the Open University graduating with an honors degree in Psychology in 1994 whilst working as a mental health nurse in Nottingham.  Sue undertook a Masters in Health Psychology, completed in 1998, after moving to Dorset where she worked for Dorset Healthcare University Foundation NHS Trust. At this point she started lecturing at Bournemouth University as a visiting lecturer, then working half time as a lecturer and half time as a community mental health nurse.  In 2000 she completed a PG Dip in Professional development (PCE) and took a full time post at the Bournemouth University in 2002. Sue became a senior lecturer in 2003 and started her PhD.  Sue maintained her clinical skills by initially working on the nursing bank and then on an honorary contract.  She was awarded a PhD in 2010 and then undertook a PG cert in research supervision. In 2014 Sue moved to Cardiff University.

Professional memberships

Sue is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is a member of the Royal College of Nursing.

Sue is also a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.














  • Barker, S. 2004. Out of hours. Presented at: National Mental Health Nursing Conference, Cambridge, UK, 19-20 July 2004.


  • Barker, S. 2000. I wished I were the patient. Presented at: Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care, Banff, Alberta, Canada, April 2000.

I teach at all university levels from first year under graduate to doctoral supervision.  I teach at home, in Cardiff, but also overseas. My teaching focuses on Person Centred Communication, dementia care and research.  I am also the module leader for Person centred communication in Oman.

My primary research interest is emotional and compassionate care.  I have explored this in a philosophical manner but also in an applied way in dementia and perinatal mental health care.