Dr Sarah Dean

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Co-Director for MSc Health Psychology

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 then worked 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.

My expertise are in the areas of health and developmental psychology, as well as quantitative research methods. My research interests centre around increasing people’s health behaviours. I have looked at this in relation to increasing adherence to patching treatment in children with amblyopia or “lazy eye”, exploring factors that predict whether or not new Mum’s breastfeed their babies and in relation to older adults’ perceptions of themselves.


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 Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

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

Field, L.H., Edwards, S.D., Edwards D.J., & Dean, S.E. (2018). Influence of HeartMath Training Programme on Physiological and Psychological Variables. Global Journal of Health Sciences, 10,2, 126-133.

Burton, A. E., Burgess, C., Dean, S., Koutsopoulou, G., & Hugh-Jones, S. (2017). How effective are mindfulness-based interventions for reducing stress among healthcare professionals? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Stress and Health, 33, 1, 3-13.

Dean, S.E., Povey. R., & Reeves, J. (2016). Assessing interventions to increase compliance to patching treatment in children with amblyopia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 100, 159-165.

Dean, S.E, Burton, A. E., & Atherton, H. (2016). Journal clubs for postgraduate health psychology students: experiences and perceived impact on skills development. (Work in Progress Poster) DHP/EHPA conference, Aberdeen.

Dean, S.E., Povey, C. & Reeves, J. (2015). Assessing interventions to increase adherence to patching treatment in children with amblyopia: A systematic review. EHPA conference, Cyprus.

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.

Current Teaching

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. 

I am the module leader for:

  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (Level 6)


I am the module leader for:

  • Dissertation Preparation (Level 7)

  • Communication Issues in Health Care Settings (Level 7)



Dr Sarah Dean
Psychology Department
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 295850
e: s.dean@staffs.ac.uk