Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Psychology
My research and practice is all within the field of attachment. I am a UKCP registered attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of the Bowlby Centre.
My research seeks to advance the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the relationship/health link, especially earlier on in the lifespan. In the main, my studies have investigated attachment style in relation to objective, physiological markers of well-being. My interests include processes underlying connection (attachment, bonding) and disconnection (separation, loss and loneliness).
I am a member of the Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group, University of Westminster and the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Middlesex University. For the latter group, I also work as a consultant and accredited trainer for the Attachment Style Interview.
Norman, Hilary and Marzano, Lisa and Oskis, Andrea and Coulson, Mark (2022) "My heart and my brain is what's bleeding, these are just cuts." An interpretative phenomenological analysis of young women's experiences of self-harm. Frontiers in Psychiatry , 13 . pp. 1-7. ISSN 1664-0640
Oskis, Andrea and Thorn, Lisa and Clow, Angela (2022) Parenting adolescent daughters: differential effects of maternal attachment insecurity and proximity-seeking. Maltrattamento E Abuso All’infanzia: Rivista Interdisciplinare | Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Interdisciplinary Journal . ISSN 1591-4267 (Accepted/In press)
Norman, Hilary and Marzano, Lisa and Oskis, Andrea and Coulson, Mark (2021) “I can’t describe it and they can’t see the rain.” an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of self-harm in young adults who report difficulties identifying and describing their feelings. Current Psychology . ISSN 1046-1310 (Published online first)
Bifulco, Antonia and Jacobs, Catherine and Oskis, Andrea and Bunn, Amanda and Spence, Ruth (2021) The child attachment style interview (Child-ASI) and depression: preliminary findings. Educational and Child Psychology , 38 (1). pp. 62-74. ISSN 0267-1611
Norman, Hilary and Marzano, Lisa and Oskis, Andrea and Coulson, Mark (2021) The relationship between alexithymia and self-harm: the mediating role of mindfulness. Current Psychology . ISSN 1046-1310 (Published online first)