Dr Mhairi Thurston
Mhairi is a senior lecturer in counselling at Abertay University, Dundee. She is Programme Lead for MSc Counselling. She is an accredited, registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In 2011, she was appointed to the BACP Board of Governors.
Mhairi’s particular research interest is the social and emotional impact of acquired sight loss. Additionally, she is interested in wider issues surrounding disability, equality and inclusion. Currently, she is Abertay University’s Lead Voice for Disability. Mhairi was the Chair of the VISION2020UK Counselling and Emotional Support Services Group from 2010 to 2016. She has produced high quality research, winning the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy New Researcher Prize 2009 and delivering invited keynote speeches and papers at a variety of national conferences. Mhairi’s research has also featured on BBC News and in the national press. Mhairi contributed to the Patient Rights Act (Scotland) 2011, regarding the accessibility of health information for blind and partially sighted patients. She has developed a practice model for counselling for people whose lives have been affected by sight loss. Mhairi is a member of Cross Party Advisory Group on Vision Impairment at Scottish Parliament and she was a member of the Scottish Vision Strategy Advisory Board from 2010 – 2016.
Mhairi is an associate editor for the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. She is a member of the editorial board of Disability and Society. She is also an occasional reviewer for The British Journal of Visual impairment, the International Journal of Educational Research and Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. Mhairi has a guide dog called Meadow.