Alex Scott

BSc, PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Research Associate
+44 114 222 0674

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Alex Scott
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2027
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

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”.

Current projects

  • 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

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers


Teaching interests

I have lectured on statistics and research methods courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Sheffield.