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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. My research interests lie within the broad areas of health, biological psychology and mental health. I am particularly interested in individual differences in stress and resilience; sleep health; and the experience of somatic symptoms. I am also interested in student mental health and trauma-informed approaches to mental health support in this population.
PhD, Northumbria University
Award Date: 17 Nov 2017
Master, Northumbria University
Award Date: 1 Sep 2013
Bachelor, Northumbria University
Award Date: 1 Jul 2010
Editorial Board Member, Cogent Psychology
1 Apr 2021 → …
Associate Editor, BMC Psychology
30 Jun 2020 → …
Early Career Representative - Research Board, British Psychological Society
1 Jan 2018 → 30 Jun 2021
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Homogeneity of cognitive and behavioural processes underlying the relationship between insomnia and body image disturbanceAkram, U., Allen, S. F., Stevenson, J. C., Lazuras, L., Ackroyd, M., Chester, J., Longden, J., Peters, C. & Irvine, K. R., 25 Jun 2021, In: Cognitive Processing.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Systematic review of interventions to promote the performance of physical distancing behaviours during pandemics/epidemics of infectious diseases spread via aerosols or dropletsEpton, T., Ghio, D., Ballard, L. M., Allen, S., Kassianos, A. P., Hewitt, R., Swainston, K., Fynn, W. I., Rowland, V., Westbrook, J., Jenkinson, E., Morrow, A., McGeechan, G., Stanescu, S., Yousuf, A. A., Sharma, N., Begum, S., Karasouli, E., Scanlon, D., Shorter, G. & 10 others, , 11 Jun 2021, (Submitted) PsyArXiv.
Research output: Working paper › Preprint
The Role of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Altered Psychological Well-being, Mental Health and Sleep: An Online Cross-sectional StudyAllen, S., Stevenson, J., Lazuras, L. & Akram, U., 7 Apr 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Psychology, Health and Medicine.
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Childhood sexual abuse predicts treatment outcome in conversion disorder/functional neurological disorder. An observational longitudinal studyvan der Feltz-Cornelis, C., Allen, S. & van Eck van der Sluijs, J., 7 Feb 2020, In: Brain and Behavior.
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Emotion dysregulation mediates the relationship between nightmares and psychotic experiences: Results from a student populationAkram, U., Gardani, M., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Ypsilanti, A., Lazuras, L., Drabble, J., Stevenson, J. & Akram, A., 1 Jun 2020, In: npj Schizophrenia.
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