Dr Sharron Hinchliff PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCertHE
Reader in Psychology and Health
Postgraduate Research Lead
The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Office located at:
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2045
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology I went on to study my PhD in social/health psychology. I then worked as a researcher at Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing on the sexualities, sexual health and ageing programme of research. I am currently Reader in Psychology and Heath at the School of Nursing and Midwifery and contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, as well as project supervision up to and including doctoral level. I lead the adulthood, gender and sexual health programme of research at the School which focuses on understanding health-related behaviours in order to improve health and inform professional practice.
My research spans the areas of ageing, gender and sexual/reproductive health, as well as the psychology of health and health care. Methodologically, my expertise lies in qualitative research, vulnerable groups and sensitive topics.
Qualitative research; health psychology; health promotion; sexual health and well-being; psychology of ageing and gender.
Current projects include:
- an examination of older people and sexual risk-taking (funded by the 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 (funded by Erasmus+);
- a cross-European project which looks at healthy sexual ageing (funded by the Norwegian Research Council);
- and an exploration of perinatal mental health in male partners (funded by the White Rose University Consortium).
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- Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
- Postgraduate Research Lead at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield
- Associate Editor of the journal Sexual & Relationship Therapy
- Peer reviewer for a range of funding bodies and international journals
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of University Senate 2011-2014
- Heywood W, Lyons A, Fileborn B, Hinchliff S, Minichiello V, Malta S, Barrett C & Dow B (2018) Sexual Satisfaction Among Older Australian Heterosexual Men and Women: Findings from the Sex, Age & Me Study. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44(3), 295-307. View this article in WRRO
- Hinchliff S, Tetley J, Lee DM & Nazroo J (2018) Older Adults’ Experiences of Sexual Difficulties: Qualitative Findings From the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA). Journal of Sex Research, 55(2), 152-163. View this article in WRRO
- Heywood W, Minichiello V, Lyons A, Fileborn B, Hussain R, Hinchliff S, Malta S, Barrett C & Dow B (2017) The impact of experiences of ageism on sexual activity and interest in later life. Ageing & Society. View this article in WRRO
- Fileborn B, Hinchliff S, Lyons A, Heywood W, Minichiello V, Brown G, Malta S, Barrett C & Crameri C (2017) The Importance of Sex and the Meaning of Sex and Sexual Pleasure for Men Aged 60 and Older Who Engage in Heterosexual Relationships: Findings from a Qualitative Interview Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(7), 2097-2110. View this article in WRRO
- Lyons A, Heywood W, Fileborn B, Minichiello V, Barrett C, Brown G, Hinchliff S, Malta S & Crameri P (2017) Sexually active older Australian's knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sexual practices. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(3), 259-261. View this article in WRRO
- Fileborn B, Brown G, Lyons A, Hinchliff S, Minichiello V, Malta S, Barrett C & Crameri P (2017) Safer Sex in Later Life: Qualitative Interviews With Older Australians on Their Understandings and Practices of Safer Sex. Journal of Sex Research, 55(2), 164-177. View this article in WRRO
- Dalrymple J, Booth J, Flowers P, Hinchliff S & Lorimer K (2016) Socio-cultural influences upon knowledge of sexually transmitted infections: a qualitative study with heterosexual middle-aged adults in Scotland. Reproductive Health Matters. View this article in WRRO