Sarah is Research Associate in Psychological Medicine at the University of Worcester, where she is a member of the Mood Disorders Research Group
Sarah qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2008. Following graduation, she worked within an adult acute psychiatric unit for a number of years before studying for an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (now Cardiff Metropolitan University).
Here Sarah developed an interest into the study of eating disorders, where her research focused on evaluating outcomes associated with cognitive behavioural therapy for individuals with bulimia nervosa and atypical eating disorders. She was awarded her Master’s degree in 2011 and following this went on to work as a Research Officer, where she first began working with the Mood Disorders Research Group. During this time she was mainly responsible for the recruitment of individuals with bipolar disorder into BDRN.
Sarah commenced her PhD at Cardiff University within the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences in 2012. Her research explores the relationship between bipolar disorder and the neurological disorders, migraine and epilepsy. Co-occurring conditions within bipolar disorder can cause further complications and so it is hoped that a better understanding of the relationship between these disorders could have many implications for diagnosis, management and treatment. Sarah plans to submit her PhD thesis in 2016.
In October 2015, Sarah joined the University of Worcester as a Research Associate to continue her work with the Mood Disorders Research Group. She is currently recruiting BDRN participants to take part in the mood monitoring system True Colours.
Sarah would like to thank all those who have contributed to BDRN, for making this research possible. If you would like to take part in True Colours Sarah would be delighted to hear from you.