Dr Sarah Drabble PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MSc, BSc, BA

Research Fellow

Medical Care Research UnitSarah Drabble
Health Services Research
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 2987
Fax: (+44) (0)114 22 20749
Email: s.j.drabble@sheffield.ac.uk

Room: 3013

ORCiD 0000-0001-7183-6321


I joined the University of Sheffield in 2004 to complete an MSc and PhD in Occupational Psychology at the Institute of Work Psychology. I worked on an SDO-funded project looking at the role of culture change in care of older people in acute hospital settings. Prior to that, I worked as a financial analyst for Ford Motor Company and Visteon Automotive Ltd (automotive supplier) for a number of years.

I moved to ScHARR in July 2010 to work on the QUART project looking at the role of qualitative research in randomised controlled trials, funded by the Medical Research Council. I went on to work on a qualitative process evaluation of the Healthlines trial. I am currently working on the ACTIF project which is developing an intervention to help adult Cystic Fibrosis patients improve their adherence to their nebuliser treatment, undertaking interviews with CF patients to inform development of an intervention.

Research Interests

  • Self-management of long-term conditions such as depression, raised cardiovascular risk, endometriosis, cystic fibrosis
  • Process evaluations of trials using qualitative and mixed methods
  • The use of qualitative research with trials
  • Qualitative research methods and practice including framework analysis, discourse analysis, rhetorical analysis and the language-in-use approach
  • The role of emotions and identity and in particular language about emotions and identity in organizational and healthcare settings

Teaching Interests

I am interested in organisational psychology, qualitative research methods, MSc dissertation supervision and PhD supervision.

Professional Activities

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Current projects: STOP-OHSS (Shaping and Trialling Outpatient Protocols for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) before ACTIF

Current Projects

ACTIF: improving adherence to nebulisers in adults with Cystic Fibrosis.


Sarah Drabble is based in the Medical Care Research Unit in Health Services Research


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Conference proceedings papers