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Dr Sarah Allen

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology

I graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (hons) Psychology in 2010 and a MSc Health Psychology in 2013. I completed my PhD in 2018, also at Northumbria University, under the supervision of Dr Michael Smith and Prof. Mark Wetherell.

After completing my PhD, I worked as a Senior Research Assistant on the Healthy Sleep Project for one year under the supervision of Prof. Jason Ellis. Following this, I worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of York with Prof Christina Van der Feltz-Cornelis in the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group on several projects in applied mental health and somatic symptom disorders.

I was appointed as Lecturer in Psychology at Teesside University in January 2020 and then returned to Northumbria University as an Assistant Professor in Psychology in 2022.

Sarah Allen

My research interests broadly fit into the areas of Health Psychology, Psychobiology and Applied Mental Health research. My PhD focused on the effects of individual differences (i.e., Type D personality) on stress reactivity and associated health outcomes and my post-doc work involved the development of interventions for somatic symptom disorders.

More recently the focus of my research has involved the exploration of factors underpinning the development of mental health issues in students, particularly with regards to previous trauma and sleep health. I am also interested in the bidirectional relationship between poor sleep and mental health disorders as well as the use of creative and compassionate interventions for improving psychological well-being.

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  • Exercise referral scheme participant characteristics, referral mode and completion status, Portman, R., Levy, A., Allen, S., Fairclough, S. 1 Apr 2023, In: Health Education Journal
  • The associations among childhood trauma, loneliness, mental health symptoms, and indicators of social exclusion in adulthood: A UK Biobank study, Allen, S., Gilbody, S., Atkin, K., van der Feltz-Cornelis, C. 1 Apr 2023, In: Brain and Behavior
  • Diurnal Preference and Correlates of Multidimensional Perfectionism, Type-D Personality, and Big Five Personality Traits, Stevenson, J., Johann, A., Akram, A., Allen, S., Akram, U. 14 Sep 2022, In: Clocks & Sleep
  • Interventions to promote physical distancing behaviour during infectious disease pandemics or epidemics: A systematic review, Epton, T., Ghio, D., Ballard, L., Allen, S., Kassianos, A., Hewitt, R., Swainston, K., Fynn, W., Rowland, V., Westbrook, J., Jenkinson, E., Morrow, A., McGeechan, G., Stanescu, S., Yousuf, A., Sharma, N., Begum, S., Karasouli, E., Scanlan, D., Shorter, G., Arden, M., Armitage, C., O'Connor, D., Kamal, A., McBride, E., Swanson, V., Hart, J., Byrne-Davis, L., Chater, A., Drury, J. 1 Jun 2022, In: Social Science and Medicine
  • Self-disgust as a potential mechanism underlying the association between body image disturbance and suicidal thoughts and behaviours, Akram, U., Allen, S., Stevenson, J., Lazarus, L., Ypsilanti, A., Ackroyd, M., Chester, J., Longden, J., Peters, C., Irvine, K. 15 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Affective Disorders
  • The role of the COVID-19 pandemic in altered psychological well-being, mental health and sleep: an online cross-sectional study, Allen, S., Stevenson, J., Lazuras, L., Akram, U. 7 Feb 2022, In: Psychology, Health & Medicine
  • Examining the Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity of the Disturbing Dreams and Nightmare Severity Index (DDNSI) Consequences Sub-component, Allen, S., Gardani, M., Akram, A., Irvine, K., Akram, U. 2 Nov 2021, In: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Homogeneity of cognitive and behavioural processes underlying the relationship between insomnia and body image disturbance, Akram, U., Allen, S., Stevenson, J., Lazuras, L., Ackroyd, M., Chester, J., Longden, J., Peters, C., Irvine, K. 1 Nov 2021, In: Cognitive Processing
  • Internet memes related to the COVID-19 pandemic as a potential coping mechanism for anxiety, Akram, U., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Stevenson, J., Ellis, J., Drabble, J. 1 Dec 2021, In: Scientific Reports
  • The Interaction Between Suicidal Ideation, Insomnia Symptoms, and Student Status, Stevenson, J., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Akram, U. 23 Nov 2021, In: Experimental Results

  • Psychology PhD March 26 2018
  • Chartered Psychologist C. Psychol
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

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