Dr Sharron Hinchliff PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCertHE

Sharron HinchliffSenior Lecturer

The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Office located at:
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2045+44 (0) 114 222 2045

Email: s.hinchliff@sheffield.ac.uk


After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology I went on to study my PhD in social/health psychology. I then worked as a researcher at Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing on the sexualities, sexual health and ageing programme of research. I am currently Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery and contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, as well as project supervision up to and including doctoral level. I lead the adulthood, gender and sexual health programme of research at the School which focuses on understanding health-related behaviours in order to improve health and inform professional practice.

Research Interests

My research spans the areas of ageing, gender and sexual/reproductive health, as well as the psychology of health and health care. Methodologically, my expertise lies in qualitative research, vulnerable groups and sensitive topics.

Teaching Interests

Qualitative research; health psychology; health promotion; sexual health and well-being; psychology of ageing and gender.

Current projects

Current projects include:

  • an examination of older people and sexual risk-taking (funded by the Australian Research Council);
  • the development of tools and learning resources to improve health professionals' understanding of, and communication about, intimacy and sexuality in the third age (funded by Erasmus+);
  • a cross-European project which looks at healthy sexual ageing (funded by the Norwegian Research Council);
  • and an exploration of perinatal mental health in male partners (funded by the White Rose University Consortium).

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Professional activities

  • Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
  • Deputy Director of the Centre for Gender Research, University of Sheffield
  • Postgraduate Research Lead at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield
  • Associate Editor of the journal Sexual & Relationship Therapy 
  • Peer reviewer for a range of funding bodies and international journals
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of University Senate 2011-2014

Key publications

  1. Tetley, J., Lee, D.M., Nazroo, J. & Hinchliff, S. (In Press). Let’s talk about sex – what do older men and women say about their sexual relations and sexual activities? A qualitative analysis of data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Ageing & Society.
  2. McGarry, J., Ali, P. & Hinchliff, S. (In Press). Older women, intimate partner violence and mental health: a consideration of the particular issues for health and health care practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  3. Kao, HT., Hayter, M., Hinchliff, S., Tsai, CH & Hsu, MT. (2015). Experience of pelvic floor muscle exercises among women in Taiwan. A qualitative study of improvement in urinary incontinence and sexuality. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  4. Hinchliff, S., Gott, M. & Wylie, K. (2012). A qualitative study of heterosexual women's attempts to renegotiate sexual relationships in the context of severe sexual problems. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 10.1007/s10508-012-9903-0
  5. Hinchliff S & Gott M (2011) Seeking medical help for sexual concerns in mid and later life: A review of the literature. Annual Review of Sex Research, 48 (2), 106-117
  6. Bellamy G, Gott M, Hinchliff S & Nicolson P (2011) Contemporary Women’s Understandings of Female Sexuality: Findings from an In-depth Interview Study. Sexual & Relationship Therapy 26, 1: 84-95
  7. Hinchliff S, Gott M & Ingleton C (2010) Sex, menopause and social context: A qualitative study with heterosexual women. Journal of Health Psychology 15, 5: 724-733
  8. Hinchliff S & Gott M (2008) Challenging social myths and stereotypes of women and ageing – heterosexual women talk about sex. Journal of Women & Aging 20, 1/2: 65-81