Dr Sarah Peters

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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Research interests

My research focuses on healthcare communication, particularly within challenging contexts, such as medically unexplained symptoms, unhealthy behaviours and suicide. A key aspect of this work is how to equip health professionals to communicate more effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues.

I use a range of methodologies, particularly focusing on how to integrate qualitative methods within randomised controlled trials to examine acceptability, feasibility and implementation of psychological and educational interventions.

I lead the qualitative and health psychology stream of the Northwest NIHR Research Design Service Manchester hub

Current Doctoral Students

Lauren Rockcliffe - Developing a theoretical understanding of the concept of 'Teachable Moments' in the context of pregnancy (Funded by MRC)

Rebecca Hays - Developing an intervention to empower older people with multi-morbidity to communicate more effectively in primary care consultations (NIHR funded)

Maha AlSubhi - Development and trajectory of obesity-related health behaviours in the context of refugee populations (funded by Saudi Arabian Government) 

Rebecca Forde - Psychological interventions for women experiencing postnatal psychosis

Stephanie Lyons - Development and evaluation of a theory-informed intervention to support women with a BMI>30 to breastfeed (funded by ESRC)

Kamelia Harris - Resiliance in psychosis. (funded by Mental Health Research UK)

Nia Coupe - Weight management in people from economically deprieved settings (NIHR-CLHARC funded)

Completed Doctoral Students

Verity Longley - The role of dementia accessing stroke rehabilitation (awarded 2018)

Donna Littlewood - The role of sleep in suicidal thoughts/behaviours (awarded 2018)

Katherine Twist - Patients experience of dysmotility disorders (awarded 2017)

Anne Dewhurst - Behaviour change talk about weight mangement in routine primary care consultations (awarded 2017)

Caroline Clements - Multi-methods exploration of suicide in bipolar disorder (awarded 2017)

Cintia Faija - The role of pride in development and maintenance of eating disorders (awarded 2016)

Bushra Nazir - South asian women's experience of eating disorders (awarded 2016)

Aala El-Khani - Parenting support needs of parents with a recent experience of conflict (awarded 2015)

Samantha Tucker - Clinical communication challenges for men following prostate cancer treatment (awarded 2015)

Charlene Plunkett - Role of the baby in recovery from postnatal psychosis (awarded 2015)

Melissa Noke - The impact of carrier identification on children's wellbeing (awarded 2015)

Anna Chisholm - Training medical students in obesity management (awarded 2013)

Anna Barton - Psychological predictors of outcome of long-term fostering (awarded 2013)

Joanna Goldthorpe - Development and evaluation of a cognitive behavioural intervention for chronic oro-facial pain (awarded 2012)

Laura McGrath - Women's experience of postnatal psychosis (awarded 2012)

Anthony Roach - Longitudinal examination of medical trainees communication attitudes and behaviours with patients (awarded 2009)

Rachel Hick - Association between clinical communication and medical trainees' relationship attachment (awarded 2009)


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display