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Doctor Sarah Kirby

Dr Sarah Kirby

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Qualitative and Quantitative (Mixed) methods
  • Self-management of health and illness
  • Patient beliefs, attitudes and experiences

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Dr Sarah Kirby is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She is a HCPC registered Health Psychologist and a Chartered Member of the BPS (CPsychol), and a full member of the Division of Health Psychology (DHP).  She is currently the departmental lead for equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), and is a senior pastoral and academic tutor for postgraduate students in the Psychology department.

Her research interests include health issues relating to self-management, acceptance and adjustment to chronic illness (such as dizziness and vertigo, hearing loss, and asthma). Much of her work in this area focuses on patient beliefs, attitudes and experiences, adherence and barriers to adherence, and predictors of adjustment (including factors such as illness perceptions, health anxiety, PTSD, and intolerance of uncertainty), She is also interested in staff and student wellbeing, and career development as well as work relating to older adults, falls prevention, spirituality and religion and compassion.

She co-convenes a 3rd year undergraduate module on chronic pain and psycho-oncology, and is convenor for a postgraduate statistics module on correlational methods, contributes to health psychology undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and supervises undergraduate, masters, and PhD students.