School of Health and Related Research
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I am a Health Psychologist primarily interested in the role sleep plays in the experience of mental health difficulties, the impact of sleep on behaviour, and the efficacy of mental health interventions more broadly. My research aims to extend current knowledge of the relationship between sleep and mental health by examining two key areas; (1) research investigating how poor sleep might exert an effect on mental health by examining putative mechanisms of action; and (2) testing the effect of interventions designed to target problems sleeping on subsequent mental health and behaviour outcomes.
I joined the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) in June 2016 as Trial Manager on the Alleviating Specific Phobias Experienced by Children Trial (ASPECT). Prior to joining the CTRU, I completed my PhD at The University of Sheffield entitled “Self-help for psychosis: Efficacy and the potential of sleep disturbance as a new target for intervention”.
- ASPECT (Alleviating Specific Phobias Experienced by Children Trial)
- Does improving sleep lead to better mental health? A meta-analytic review of randomised controlled trials
- Sleep disturbances as modifiable risk factors for Health Related Quality of Life in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- ACtiF (Development and evaluation of an intervention to support Adherence to treatment in adults with Cystic Fibrosis)
- Research interests
My research interests include:
- The use of psychological and/or behaviour change interventions to improve health and wellbeing
- Epidemiology of mental health problems
- Systematic review and meta-analysis
- Randomised controlled trials methodology
- The impact of sleep on mental health and behaviour
- Participant engagement and attrition from digital health interventions
- The effect of an online self-help cognitive behavioural intervention for insomnia on negative affect and paranoia: a randomised controlled trial. Health Psychology Bulletin, 4(1), 39-52.
- Feasibility study for supporting medication adherence for adults with cystic fibrosis: mixed-methods process evaluation. BMJ Open, 10(10), e039089-e039089.
- Is a definitive trial of prehospital continuous positive airway pressure versus standard oxygen therapy for acute respiratory failure indicated? The ACUTE pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 10(7). View this article in WRRO
- A comparative study of the nature and magnitude of problems sleeping in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) compared to healthy controls. Psychology, Health and Medicine. View this article in WRRO
- Supporting medication adherence for adults with cystic fibrosis: a randomised feasibility study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 19. View this article in WRRO
- Prospective Study of Psychological Morbidity and Illness Perceptions in Young People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis. View this article in WRRO
- A cluster randomized controlled trial of a theory-based sleep hygiene intervention for adolescents. Sleep. View this article in WRRO
- Clinical and cost-effectiveness of one-session treatment (OST) versus multisession cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for specific phobias in children: Protocol for a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(8). View this article in WRRO
- A structural equation model of the relationship between insomnia, negative affect, and paranoid thinking.. PLoS One, 12(10). View this article in WRRO
- Does improving sleep lead to better mental health? A protocol for a meta-analytic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open, 7(9), e016873-e016873. View this article in WRRO
- Self-help interventions for psychosis: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 39, 96-112. View this article in WRRO
- Do specific types of sleep disturbances represent risk factors for poorer health‐related quality of life in inflammatory bowel disease? A longitudinal cohort study. British Journal of Health Psychology. View this article in WRRO
- Mechanisms of action of a web-based intervention with health professional support to increase nebulizer adherence in adults with Cystic Fibrosis: a qualitative interview study (Preprint). Journal of Medical Internet Research. View this article in WRRO
- Mechanisms of Action of a Web-Based Intervention With Health Professional Support to Increase Adherence to Nebulizer Treatments in Adults With Cystic Fibrosis: Qualitative Interview Study (Preprint).
Conference proceedings papers
- PP28 ‘They are not silly people – they know the difference’: clinician focus group views on a pilot randomised controlled trial of prehospital continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol. 36(10) (pp e12.2-e13) View this article in WRRO
- Teaching interests
I have lectured on statistics and research methods courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Sheffield.