After completing a BA in Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester, Sarah worked for many years in housing and regeneration for local authorities in Greater Manchester.

In 2004 Sarah completed a MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at CCSR, University of Manchester, folowed in 2007, by a PhD at the University of Leeds, Partnership Working in Local Electronic Government.

In 2007 Sarah was appointed as a Research Associate at the Institute for Political and Economic Governance, University of Manchester on an ESRC ventures project, 'Rediscovering the Civic and Achieving Better Outcomes in Public Policy' . She led a number of field experiments looking at how public and voluntary agencies can promote change in civic behaviour, including household recycling, food waste collection, charitable donations, internet-based deliberation and community involvement

In 2011 Sarah was appointed to her current post as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biostatistics.

Collaborators and affiliated staff

Audrey Bowen, School of Psychological Sciences

Dawn Edge, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health

Sarah Peters, Manchester Centre for Health Psychology

David French, Manchester Centre for Health Psychology

Andy Vail, Centre for Biostatistics

Peter Bower, Centre for Primary Care.

Alison Hammond, University of Salford

Lawrence Kenney, University of Salford

NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Royal Statistical Society

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

NW Research Design Service proposal development committee

Methodological knowledge

Design, implementation and analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Feasibility and pilot studies.

A developing interest in diagostic tests research

Experience of using other research methods including social network analysis, comparative case studies and qualitative methods.


Sarah is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biostatistics. 

She is a member of the statistics group at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, providing statistical support and collaboration for clinical researchers on nationally and internationally competitive grant applications.

She is an adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service (, providing methodological advice to potential applicants to NIHR and other national funding streams for health-related research.

She is an academic adviser to NIHR CLAHRC Greater manchester.


PhD (2007) University of Leeds

MSc (2004) Social Research Methods and Statistics, University of Manchester

BA (1983) Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester

Research interests

Sarah's research interests are in public health, behaviour change and research methodology.

Current research

Improving access to a telephone diabetes prevention services among patients at risk of diabetes. Principal Investigator. 2015 - 2016. Funded by Public Health England and NIHR CLAHRC GM.

The effect of social pressure on response to the CLASSIC longitudinal health survey: a randomised controlled trial. Principal Investigator.

The effects of arthritis gloves on people with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Early Inflammatory Arthritis with hand pain: a multi-centre randomised placebo-controlled trial. Coinvestigator with Alison Hammond, University of Salford. 2015-2018. Funded by NIHR RfPB.

Culturally Adapted Family Intervention for African-Caribeans with schizophrenia and their families: a feasibility study. Co-investigator with Dawn Edge. 2013 - 2016. funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research.

Implementation of Corneal Confocal Microscopy in primary care optometry practices for screening and early assessment of diabetic neuropathy: a feasibility study. 2014-2016, Coinvestigator with Mitra Tavakoli, Susan Howard, Katy Rothwell and Catherine Perry, funded by NIHR CLAHRC GM and Heidelberg Engineering.

Using the Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS) to predict admission risk from the Emergency Department, 2014 to 2016, with Andrew Rowland.

A practical, yet flexible functional electrical stimulation system for upper limb functional rehabilitation. Collaborator with Lawrence Kenney, University of Salford. 2014-2017, funded by NIHR I4I.

Member of Data Monitoring Committees for Extubate RCT (CMFT) and STRIVE RCT (St Thomas' Hospital). Member of Steering Committee for TERSC RCT (East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust).



Sarah teaches statistics to 4th year medical students for short research projects (2011 - present).

Tutor for group personal and professional development, 1st year medical students (2013 - present)


Sarah teaches on the statistics module of the Masters in Public Health, and supervises masters student dissertations on MPH and Clinical and Health Psychology (2011 - present).

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