Researcher in psychology and primary care
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Prior to this she worked as a clinical studies officer for Health and Care Research Wales Workforce. Her role there was concentrated on engaging with health professionals within primary care settings to increase their participation in research, delivering training in research skills, as well as setting up, managing and actively recruiting on a variety of NIHR portfolio-adopted observational and clinical trial studies alongside multidisciplinary teams within the South East Wales region. Through this she worked closely with Dr Neil Roberts and Professor Jon Bisson at Cardiff University to develop and manage a Wales wide PTSD registry, which aims to examine further clinical, biological, psychological and social factors influencing post-traumatic stress disorder. She has also worked in the NHS as a research governance officer and an assistant psychologist.
Sandra has a keen personal interest in chronic disease management and her current research focuses on the long term psychological outcomes of bariatric surgery. She has also been involved in consultancy work developing tailored stress management interventions within organisations and group settings.
Sandra is a health psychologist with research interests in chronic disease management and smoking cessation. She completed her professional doctorate in health psychology at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK. Alongside her research work, Sandra works as a general advisor for the London Research Design Service team based at Queen Mary University. This role involves supporting health professionals and research teams within the North East London area to develop their research ideas into full funding applications to the NIHR and other peer reviewed funders.
The effectiveness of bariatric surgery on long term psychosocial quality of life–A systematic review. Obesity research & clinical practice. doi:10.1016/j.orcp.2015.11.009
Patient's experience of life after weight loss surgery: psychological adjustment. In: Appearance Matters 7, Royal College of Surgeons, London, 28-30 June 2016. Appearance Matters 7: Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/29251
High prevalence of Untreated depression in patients accessing low-vision services. Ophthalmology, 123(2), 440-441. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.07.009