Alex Scott (BSc, PhD)

Research Associate

School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Room: 2027, Regent Court

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 20674



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.

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

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

Alex Scott is based in Design, Trials and Statistics

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers