Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Wigham

Research Associate

Background

Research Interests

The development of health measurement scales or outcome measures

Psychometric properties of outcome measures 

Mental health, trauma/ post traumatic stress disorder

Preventative interventions upstream of clinical interventions

The effects of systems level factors on health outcomes

Best methods of translating research findings for stakeholders

Systematic reviews

Intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) Psychology  

MSc Psychology

PhD Health Research (ESRC Studentship), Lancaster University, 2010

Professional Activities 

Professional Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.  

Previous posts

Senior Occupational Therapist NHS

Researcher, Lancaster University

 


 


Research

Current and Recent Work

  • Systematic review of outcome measures used in interventions for anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Development of a measure of anxiety in autism spectrum disorder
  • Psychometric properties of a new measure of anxiety  
  • Development of a measure of trauma
  • Collaborator on a review of measures of suicidality and depression
  • Screening and diagnostic tools for autism spectrum disorder
  • Piloting a measure of trauma/ PTSD
Projects
  • Developing a Measure of Anxiety for Children with autism spectrum disorder (Co-applicant)

            Baily Thomas Fund


  • Methods of diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adulthood  

  • A systematic review of the effectiveness of alcohol brief interventions and interventions for well being in armed forces personnel transitioning to civilian life. (Principal Investigator)

           Forces in Mind Trust   

Teaching

  • I currently co-supervise three students completing their Doctorate in Clinical Psychology research projects on the the development of measures of depression and anxiety in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.

Publications