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Dr Sarah Dean

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

Deputy Director for MSc Health Psychology

Outreach Director (schools liaison and community engagement)

About Me

I graduated from Keele University with a BSc in Psychology and Criminology. I then completed my MSc in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University before returning to Keele where I obtained my PhD. At Keele I also worked as a Research Assistant on a project looking at children’s humour styles and then as a Teaching Fellow.  I joined Staffordshire University as a lecturer in September 2011. I am currently completing my Stage 2 training in health psychology.


Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Keele University, 2011.

PhD Psychology “The effect of written emotional disclosure on the health and psychosocial functioning of early adolescents” Keele, 2010

MSc Health Psychology. Staffordshire University, 2005

BSc Psychology and Criminology. Keele University 2004

Professional Memberships and Activities

Chartered member of the British Psychological Society

Trainee member of BPS Division of Health Psychology and Midlands Health Psychology Network

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests

My research has focussed on children and adolescents. My PhD explored the effects that writing about stressful experiences has for early adolescents and why written emotional disclosure may not be a suitable intervention for them. I am currently interested in exploring adherence to patching therapy in children with amblyopia.

Selected Publications

Fox, C.L., Dean, S. & Lyford, K. (2013). Development of a humour styles questionnaire for children and young people. Humor, 26, (2) 295-319.

Dean, S. E. & Fox, C. L. (2013, July). Development of a Humor Styles Questionnaire for Children and Young People. Paper presented at ECPA conference, Spain.

Dean, S.E. (2010, September). Exploring written emotional disclosure in adolescents: Why doesn’t it work? Poster presented at the DHP conference, Belfast.

Fox, C.L., Lyford, K., & Dean, S. (2010, April). How do children use humour? Developing a humour style questionnaire for children and young people. Paper presented at the annual BPS Conference, Stratford-on Avon.

Dean, S.E. & Rotenberg, K.J. (2009). The effect of written emotional disclosure on adolescents’ self-reported health. Poster presented at the DHP conference,. Birmingham.

Dean, S.E. & Rotenberg, K.J. (2008). The effect of written emotional expression on adolescents’ health: The moderating role of gender. Poster presented at the DHP/EHPS Health Psychology Conference, Bath.

Dean, S.E. & Rotenberg, K.J. (2008). Are linguistic factors related to the effect of written emotional expression on adolescents’ health? Paper presented at the Postgraduate Psychology Association Annual Conference, Manchester.

Current Teaching

I am the module leader for:

  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

I also teach on:

  • Foundations in Psychology

  • Perspectives in Psychology

  • Growing and Changing

  • Further Research Methods


I am the module leader for:

  • Dissertation Preparation

I also teach on:

  • Core Issues


Dr Sarah Dean
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 295850
e: s.dean@staffs.ac.uk