Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Wigham

Research Associate


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 


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




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 for children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Psychometric properties of a new measure of anxiety  
  • Development of a measure of trauma
  • Screening and diagnostic tools for autism spectrum disorder
  • Piloting a measure of trauma/ PTSD
  • 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   


  • Previous co-supervisor of a successfully completed Doctorate in Clinical Psychology research project on depression in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • I currently co-supervise two students completing their Doctorate in Clinical Psychology research projects on the development of measures of anxiety in adults with autism spectrum disorder.