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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.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A latent profile analysis of psychosocial factors and trauma exposure in UK students and their association with mental health and academic persistence, Allen, S., Thursby, S., Elkwood, L., Carthy, N. 8 Jul 2024, In: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • Exploring the effects of written emotional disclosures (WED) on healthcare workers' (HCWs) mental health symptoms in the UK: A feasibility study, Kilvington, A., Allen, S., Kyriakopoulos, A. 1 Jun 2024, In: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
  • Social Pain: Comment on ‘Environmental factors and their impact on chronic pain development and maintenance’ by Morena Brazil Sant'Anna, Louise Faggionato Kimura, Willians Fernando Vieira, Vanessa Olzon Zambelli, Leonardo Santana Novaes, Natália Gabriele Hösch, Gisele Picolo, Allen, S., van der Feltz-Cornelis, C. 2 Jul 2024, In: Physics of Life Reviews
  • Author Correction: 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. 21 Jun 2023, In: Scientific Reports
  • 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
  • Personality and insomnia: A systematic review and narrative synthesis, Akram, U., Stevenson, J., Gardani, M., Allen, S., Johann, A. 1 Dec 2023, In: Journal of Sleep Research
  • Prevalence of anxiety, depression, mania, insomnia, stress, suicidal ideation, psychotic experiences, & loneliness in UK university students, Akram, U., Irvine, K., Gardani, M., Allen, S., Akram, A., Stevenson, J. 13 Sep 2023, In: Scientific data
  • 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

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


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