Dr Sharron Hinchliff

PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCertHE

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School

PGR Lead for Division of Nursing and Midwifery

Sharron Hinchliff
+44 114 222 2045

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

Dr Sharron Hinchliff is Reader in Psychology and Health at the Division of Nursing and Midwifery where she leads the ageing, gender, and sexual health/sexual well-being programme of research. Sharron has worked in this area for over 20 years, and uses insights from psychology to address inequalities and the problem of discrimination in healthcare and wider society. Key to her work is innovation and resource development, some examples are below.

From 2018 Sharron has collaborated with Pete McKee, an artist from Sheffield, on the Age of Love project which uses art and light humour to raise awareness of a topic that is rarely talked about: the intimate relationships of older adults. The project was launched at Festival of the Mind 2018. 

She recently co-edited (with Dr Catherine Barrett) the book ‘Addressing the sexual rights of older people: Theory, policy and practice’. It draws on interdisciplinary and international research to provide health and social care staff and service providers with an evidence-based framework for supporting the sexual rights of older adults. 

And in 2019 the public health website agesexandyou.com, which Sharron designed, was launched. The website is the first in the UK that provides easy to find, reliable information, for people aged 50 and older about the sexual changes they might face. It is used by health professionals as well as older adults themselves.

For more information about Sharron's work visit her website and follow her on Twitter @DrSharronH

Sharron has a PhD and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

Research interests

Sharron's research spans the areas of ageing, gender and sexual/reproductive health, as well as the psychology of health and health care. 

Methodologically, her expertise lies in qualitative research, vulnerable groups, and sensitive topics.

Current/ recent projects

  • Understanding the relationship and intimacy needs of people living with dementia (NIHR);
  • An examination of older people and sexual risk-taking (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 (Erasmus+);
  • A cross-European project which looks at healthy sexual ageing (Norwegian Research Council);
  • An exploration of perinatal mental health in male partners (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-a9). Belfast, UK, 18 June 2017 - 20 June 2017. View this article in WRRO 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 and reproductive health; sexual well-being; psychology of ageing and gender.

Professional activities
  • Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
  • Postgraduate Research Lead at the Division of Nursing & Midwifery
  • Lead for a large portfolio of Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange projects on the sexual rights of older adults
  • Peer reviewer for a range of funding bodies and international journals
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy