Dr Nikita Hayden

School of Education

Research Associate

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Dr Nikita Hayden
School of Education
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I am a Research Associate with iHuman and the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. I am working on the ESRC funded project 'Humanising Healthcare', where we are employing ethnographic methods, narrative interviews, and co-production to explore examples of humanising healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

Research interests

My research work to date has been situated in applied psychology, with a particular focus on families and siblings. My sibling research focuses on siblings of children and adults with learning and developmental disabilities. I am a volunteer Research Associate for the UK charity Sibs and am collaborating with colleagues from various disciplines to establish the Sibling Studies Network. I have experience of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research approaches.


Journal articles



  • Hayden N, Usher L, Pavlopoulou G, McKenzie M & Goose M (2022) Adult siblings of people with intellectual disabilities and/or a diagnosis of autism: An evidence review RIS download Bibtex download
  • Flynn S, Hayden N, Clarke L, Caton S, Hatton C, Hastings R, Abbott D, Beyer S, Bradshaw J, Gillooly A , Gore N et al (2021) Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities study Wave 3 Results: September 2023 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cullen MA, Lindsay G, Hastings R, Denne L, Stanford C, Beqiraq L, Elahi F, Gemegah E, Hayden N, Kander I , Lykomitrou F et al (2021) Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools: Evidence Review RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cullen S, Cullen MA, Dytham S & Hayden N (2018) Research to understand successful approaches to supporting the most academically able disadvantaged pupils RIS download Bibtex download


  • Hayden N, Lunsky Y, Redqest B & Helen R Understanding the Experiences of Siblings of People with Disabilities Webcast Script: Webcast Script. Online. RIS download Bibtex download
Professional activities and memberships
  • Research Associate, School of Education and iHuman, University of Sheffield, Mar 2023 – present
  • Honorary Research Fellow, CEDAR, University of Warwick, Apr 2023 – present
  • Research Associate, Sibs Charity, Jan 2020 - present