Dr Sharron Hinchliff

PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCertHE

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School

Reader in Psychology and Health

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Dr Sharron Hinchliff
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

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 Reader in Psychology and Heath 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.

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).

Edited books

  • Barrett C & Hinchliff S (Ed.) (2017) Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People: Theory, Policy and Practice. UK: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Dalrymple J, Booth J, Flowers P, Hinchliff S & Lorimer K (2017) O26 ‘It just gives you the heebie jeebies’: late middle-aged adults’ engagement with knowledge of sexually transmitted infections. Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol. 93(Suppl 1) (pp a9) RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2016) WHAT DO OLDER MEN AND WOMEN SAY ABOUT THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING? A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS. The Gerontologist, Vol. 56(Suppl_3) (pp 132-132) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hinchliff S, Gott M & Ingleton C (2011) A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF THE CHANGES IN SEXUAL LIFE WOMEN CAN EXPERIENCE AT MIDLIFE AND MENOPAUSE. J SEX MED, Vol. 8 (pp 225-225) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hinchliff S (2011) BARRIERS TO SEEKING AND RECEIVING HELP FOR SEXUAL CONCERNS IN MID AND LATER LIFE. J SEX MED, Vol. 8 (pp 103-103) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gott M & Hinchliff S (2005) Does age affect the perceived importance of sex to quality of life?. PSYCHOL HEALTH, Vol. 20 (pp 98-98) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hinchliff S & Gott M (2004) Intimacy, commitment, and adaptation: Sexual relationships within long-term marriages. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, Vol. 21(5) (pp 595-609) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hinchliff S & Gott M (2004) Managing a sexual relationship in the context of 'not wanting it': Experiences from women who have lost sexual desire. Psychology and Health, Vol. 19(SUPPL. 1) (pp 79) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gott M, Hinchliff S, Galena E & Elford H (2003) 'Opening a can of worms': Professional attitudes towards discussing sexual health with older people in primary care. GERONTOLOGIST, Vol. 43 (pp 578-578) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gott M, Hinchliff S & Galena E (2002) Discussing later life sexual health issues in primary care: Patient and professional perspectives. GERONTOLOGIST, Vol. 42 (pp 414-414) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hinchliff S () Sexual well-being and older adults: Current understandings and future directions. British Society of Gerontology Annual conference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hinchliff S () The sexual well-being of older people: exploring intersections of gender, age and sexual orientation. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 26 April 2016 - 28 April 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

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

Professional activities
  • Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
  • 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