Dr Starr joined Middlesex University in 1999 on a half time post. At this time she also worked as a senior clinical psychologist in Hammersmith & Fulham NHS Trust. Prior to this she practised as a clinical psychologist in Camden & Islington NHS Trust and within Simmons House Adolescent Unit. Middlesx University was her first academic post. Her clinical training was based at the Royal London Hospital, Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital, The Whittington Hospital amongst other NHS settings. Dr Starr completed a two year family therapy training at the Tavistock clinic in 1994. She now works half time with young people, children and familes in clinical practice and half time at Middlesex University. She is integrative in her clinical approach and draws on evidence-based CBT, sytemic and psychodynamic approaches to psychological distress.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • Payne, N., Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Marzano, L., & Brunswick, N. (2014). Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, (ahead-of-print), 1-9.
  • Starr, F., Ciclitira, K., Brunswick, N, Costa, A., &Marzano, L. (2012). Comfort and challenge: A qualitative analysis of counsellor’s experiences of supervision. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice.
  • Ciclitira, K., Starr, et al. (2012). Women Counsellors’ experience of personal therapy: A thematic analysis. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 12, 2, 136-145.
  • Ciclitira, K., et al. (2004). Theoretical and ethical issues in conducting research at a women’s health centre.POWS Review, 6, 1, 60-69.
  • Ciclitira, K., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N., Starr, F. & Berger, S. (2004) Theoretical and ethical issues in conducting research at a Women’s Health Centre.Psychology of Women Section Review.Vol. 6(1) 60-69.
  • Furnham, A., Baluch, B., Starr, F. (2003) Students Knowledge of Abnormal Psychology.Counselling Psychology Quarterly. Vol. 16 (4): 331-336.

Conference Papers

  • Ciclitira, K., Marzano, L., Starr, F., Brunswick, N., Costa, A., & Berger, S. (2009).The impact of personal psychotherapy and supervision on volunteer counsellors. Paper given at BPS annual conference, Brighton University.
  • Starr, F., Ciclitira, K., L. Marzano, Brunswick, N., Costa, A., & Berger, S. (2009). Clinicians talking: A thematic analysis of female clinicians’ experiences of supervision and personal therapy. Paper given at BPS conference, Cumberland Lodge.
  • Costa, A., Ciclitira, K., Starr, F., Marzano, L., Brunswick, N. & Berger, S. (2008). Counsellors’ Experiences of Working at a Women’s Centre. Poster presented at BPS conference, Cumberland Lodge.

Research Reports

  • Starr, F. &Ciclitira, K. (2012). Psychologists in independent practice.A contemporary portrait of psychologists in the independent sector. Report for the British Psychological Society.
  • Starr, F., &Ciclitira, K. (2011).Psychologists working in independent practice. The i-PracQ (a questionnaire) designed in conjunction with the British Psychological Society to examine psychology practitioners’ experience of working within the public and independent sectors.
  • Ciclitira, K., Payne, N., Starr, F., Marzano, L., & Costa, A. (2010). Executive summary. Evaluation of Women and Health’s counselling service. Report on a longitudinal clinical research project: 2003-2010.
  • Ciclitira, K., Payne, N., Starr, F., Marzano, L., & Costa, A. (2010). Evaluation of Women and Health’s counselling service. Full report on a longitudinal clinical research project: 2003-2010.

Books

Starr, F. (2002). Chapters on:  historical overview of mental illness, schizophrenia, eating disorders for Grolier Encyclopedia of Psychology. Norwich: Grolier.

Selected media contributions

  • Family Podcast for the Guardian, April 30th, 2010.
  • Toy guns and teacups’, Life and style section, The Guardian, April 4th, 2010 
  • Femail.co.uk regular expert, Associated News Media, September 2000 to September 2003
  • 'It's more than just physical – the emotional impact of pregnancy', Practical Parenting's Complete Guide to Pregnancy. January 2002.
  • 'Mum's Love Q & A', Expecting Our Baby Magazine, IPC, Media. June 2001.
  • Clashes and conflicts - How pregnancy affects work relationships’, Practical Parenting's Complete Guide to Pregnancy. October 2001.
  • 'Hypnosis for pregnancy and childbirth', D.C. Thompson & Co. Ltd for syndication, from February 2001.
  • 'Baby learning kits pros and cons', New Baby Magazine, Feb 12th 2001.

Dr Starr teaches on all aspects iof psychology and mental health in the department of psychology.

  • Joint module leader psychology of mental health PSY3017
  • Introduction to counselling and therapy PSY4111
  • Foundation in counselling skills PSY1015
  • Advanced research methods PSY4011
  • Undergraduate and post graduate research dissertation supervision PSY 3022, PSY 4222
  • Professional issues in applied psychology PSY4013

She is a member of the MU psychology ethics committee and the psychology think tank

External teaching

She has been a visitng lecturer to University of East London, Active Birth Centre, Chase Farm Hospital and the Manor House Counselling and Psychotherapy Training course.

Fiona conducts research on clinical outcomes and practitioner experiences of therapy and supervision. She is also interested in clinical research with children and adolescence and ideas of reflexivity in therapy, teaching and learning.

Research Publications

Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income

Payne, Nicola and Ciclitira, Karen and Starr, Fiona and Marzano, Lisa and Brunswick, Nicola (2014) Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research . ISSN 1473-3145

Women counsellors' experiences of personal therapy: a thematic analysis

Ciclitira, Karen and Starr, Fiona and Marzano, Lisa and Brunswick, Nicola and Costa, Ana (2012) Women counsellors' experiences of personal therapy: a thematic analysis. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12 (2). pp. 136-145. ISSN 1473-3145

Comfort and challenge: a thematic analysis of female clinicians’ experiences of supervision

Starr, Fiona and Ciclitira, Karen and Marzano, Lisa and Brunswick, Nicola and Costa, Ana (2012) Comfort and challenge: a thematic analysis of female clinicians’ experiences of supervision. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice . ISSN 1476-0835

Students’ knowledge of abnormal psychology

Furnham, Adrian and Baluch, Bahman and Starr, Fiona (2003) Students’ knowledge of abnormal psychology. Counselling psychology quarterley, 16 (4). pp. 331-336. ISSN 0951–5070

The impact of personal psychotherapy and supervision on volunteer counsellors.

Ciclitira, Karen and Marzano, Lisa and Starr, Fiona and Brunswick, Nicola and Costa, Ana and Berger, Sue (2009) The impact of personal psychotherapy and supervision on volunteer counsellors. In: 2009 BPS Annual Conference., 1 to 3 April 2009, Brighton. (Unpublished)

Theoretical and ethical issues in conducting research at a women’s health centre.

Ciclitira, Karen and Marzano, Lisa and Brunswick, Nicola and Starr, Fiona and Berger, Sue (2004) Theoretical and ethical issues in conducting research at a women’s health centre. Psychology of Women Section Review, 6 (1). pp. 60-69. ISSN 1466–3724

Fiona recently gained Middlesex Psychology RMT funding of £5000 to complete a study into the work of psychologists in independent practice.

£3,000 from the Kings Fund to evaluate a women’s health service in Camden in 2005.

In 1994 Fiona secured funding from Tower Hamlets Homeless Trust to conduct a 6 -month service evaluation.

Fiona is a member of the following Professional Bodies:

  • Associate Fellow, BPS
  • Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Registered by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Registered Chartered Psychologist
  • Member, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychology
  • Member of the Association of Family Therapy

Fiona consults to the media, magazines and the mainstream press e.g. The Guardian,The  The Telegraph, Times Educational Supplement, The BBC and The Daily Mail on issues of child and adolescent psychology. She has also written a range of popular articles for parenting magazines. Fiona is often invited to conduct expert witness work and she carries out regular medico-legal work, particularly in matters of child protection. When she is not at Middlesex she runs two busy psychology clinics, one in Muswell Hill, North London and one in Harley Street