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Academic Biography

I completed my PhD in Health Psychology at Northumbria University examining the psychobiological mechanisms underpinning the association between Type D personality and physical health complaints. After my PhD I stayed at Northumbria to work on the 'Healthy Sleep Project' in collaboration with The Sleep Council, and was also involved in a project developing an intervention for alleviating fatigue in healthcare professionals. I then moved to the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group at the University of York where I worked on a number of research projects at the interface of somatic and mental health. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and serve on the BPS Research Board as an Early Career Representative. I started as lecturer in Psychology at Teesside in January 2020 where I hope to expand my research profile. My research interests lie at the interface of health and biological psychology and I am particularly interested in the areas of stress, sleep, fatigue and somatic symptoms.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Northumbria University

Award Date: 17 Nov 2017

Master, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2013

Bachelor, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

External positions

Early Career Representative - Research Board, British Psychological Society

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Research Output

Childhood sexual abuse predicts treatment outcome in conversion disorder/functional neurological disorder. An observational longitudinal study

van der Feltz-Cornelis, C., Allen, S. & van Eck van der Sluijs, J., 14 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Brain and Behavior.

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  • An experimental investigation into cardiovascular, haemodynamic and salivary alpha amylase reactivity to acute stress in Type D individuals

    Allen, S. F., Wetherell, M. A. & Smith, M. A., 4 Jul 2019, In : Stress. 22, 4, 8 p.

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  • Anxiety and depression mediate the relationship between insomnia symptoms and the personality traits of conscientiousness and emotional stability

    Akram, U., Gardani, M., Akram, A. & Allen, S., 12 Jun 2019, In : Heliyon. 5, 6, 5 p.

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    A one-year prospective investigation of Type D personality and self-reported physical health

    Allen, S. F., Wetherell, M. A. & Smith, M. A., 3 Jul 2019, In : Psychology and Health. 34, 7, p. 773-795 24 p.

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  • Dysfunctional sleep-related cognition and anxiety mediate the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and insomnia symptoms

    Akram, U., Gardani, M., Riemann, D., Akram, A., Allen, S. F., Lazuras, L. & Johann, A. F., 26 Oct 2019, In : Cognitive Processing.

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