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Dr Sarah Denford

Dr Sarah Denford

Research Fellow: Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC)

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 College House 2.09

 

College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Sarah Denford is a research fellow with a background in Health Psychology and behavior change. She is currently working on a project aiming to promote physical activity, sport and recreation for adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis.

She completed her PhD (awarded in 2011) and Clinical Doctorate in Health Psychology (awarded in 2013). The aim of the PhD was to identify active components of interventions targeting asthma self-care, and to identify psychological processes that change over the course of interventions. Studies undertaken for these doctorates include a systematic review and narrative synthesis, a systematic review and meta-analysis and meta-regression, a qualitative process evaluation of a complex intervention, and three qualitative interview studies.

She has also worked on projects funded by the NIHR CLAHRC for the South West Peninsula; including projects to support practitioners to individualize treatments for patients with chronic disease. For the past three years, she has been funded by the NIHR School for Public Health to undertake applied public health research; including a systematic review of school based sexual health interventions; a feasibility study exploring the impact of environment on alcohol consumption; the development of an NIHR SPHR catalogue and review of evaluation guidance; and the development of an evaluation website (for Public Health England). Her role also included delivering public health evaluation training to public health practitioners at various sites across England.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Self- management of chronic conditions
  • Public Health
  • Evaluation of complex interventions
  • Behaviour change
  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative methods

Qualifications

BSC, MSc, PhD, D.Health.Psych, AHEA

Research

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Denford S, Lakshman R, Callaghan M, Abraham C (In Press). Improving public health evaluation: a qualitative investigation of practitioners' needs. BMC Public Health, 18(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Sani AS, Abraham C, Denford S, Ball S (In Press). School-based sexual health education interventions to prevent STI/HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sani AS, Abraham C, Denford S, Mathews C (2018). Design, implementation and evaluation of school-based sexual health education in sub-Saharan Africa: a qualitative study of researchers’ perspectives. Sex Education, 18(2), 172-190. Abstract.
Denford S, Abraham C, Callaghan M, Aighton P, De Vocht F, Arris S (2017). A review of Grey and academic literature of evaluation guidance relevant to public health interventions. BMC Health Serv Res, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pound P, Denford S, Shucksmith J, Tanton C, Johnson AM, Owen J, Hutten R, Mohan L, Bonell C, Abraham C, et al (2017). What is best practice in sex and relationship education? a synthesis of evidence, including stakeholders' views. BMJ Open, 7(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Denford S, Abraham C, Campbell R, Brusse H (2016). A comprehensive review of reviews of school-based interventions to improve sexual-health. Health Psychology Review Full text.
Britten N, Denford S, Harris-Golesworthy F, Jibson S, Pyart N, Stein K (2015). Patient involvement in drug licensing: a case study. Soc Sci Med, 131, 289-296. Abstract.  Author URL.
Denford S, Frost J, Dieppe P, Cooper C, Britten N (2014). Individualisation of drug treatments for patients with long-term conditions: a review of concepts. BMJ Open, 4(3). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Denford S, Frost J, Dieppe P, Britten N (2013). Doctors' understanding of individualisation of drug treatments: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open, 3(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Denford S, Taylor RS, Campbell JL, Greaves CJ (2013). Effective behaviour change techniques in asthma self-care interventions: Systematic review and meta-regression. Health Psychology, 1(Epub ahead of print). Abstract.  Full text.
Britten N, Denford S, Stein K (2013). INCRETINS AND PANCREATIC CANCER Involving patients in drug licensing decisions. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 347 Author URL.
Britten N, Denford S, Stein K (2013). Involving patients in drug licensing decisions. BMJ, 347 Author URL.
Denford S, Frost J, Campbell J, Greaves C (2013). Processes of change in an asthma selfcare intervention. Qualitative Health Research, 1(23), 1419-1429.
Denford S, Harcourt D, Rubin L, Pusic A (2011). Understanding normality: a qualitative analysis of breast cancer patients concepts of normality after mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Psychooncology, 20(5), 553-558. Abstract.  Author URL.
Keogh E, Denford S (2009). Sex differences in perceptions of pain coping strategy usage. Eur J Pain, 13(6), 629-634. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dallos R, Denford S (2008). A qualitative exploration of relationship and attachment themes in families with an eating disorder. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 13(2), 305-322. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.
Denford S, Abraham S, Smith J, Morgan-Trimmer S, Lloyd J, Wyatt K (2016). Intervention design and evaluation: behaviour change imperatives. In Spotswood F (Ed) Beyond behaviour change Key issues, interdisciplinary approaches and future directions, Bristol: Policy Press, 49-70.  Abstract.
Abraham C, Denford S (2016). Planning Interventions to Change Behavior. In  (Ed) Behavior Change Research and Theory: Psychological and Technological Perspectives, 1-26.  Abstract.
Abraham C, Denford S, Dean S, Greaves C, Lloyd J, Tarrant M, White M, Wyatt K (2015). Designing Interventions to Change Health-related Behaviour. In Richards D, Hallberg IR (Eds.) Complex Interventions in Health: an Overview of Research Methods, Routledge, 103-110.
Denford S, Abraham C, Smith J, Lloyd J, White M, Tarrant M, Wyatt K, Greaves C, Dean S (2015). Designing and evaluating behavior change interventions to promote health. In Reynolds KJ, Branscombe NR (Eds.) The Psychology of Change: Life Contexts, Experiences, and Identities, New York: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis, 151-169.

Publications by year


In Press

Denford S, Lakshman R, Callaghan M, Abraham C (In Press). Improving public health evaluation: a qualitative investigation of practitioners' needs. BMC Public Health, 18(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Sani AS, Abraham C, Denford S, Ball S (In Press). School-based sexual health education interventions to prevent STI/HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health, 16(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

Sani AS, Abraham C, Denford S, Mathews C (2018). Design, implementation and evaluation of school-based sexual health education in sub-Saharan Africa: a qualitative study of researchers’ perspectives. Sex Education, 18(2), 172-190. Abstract.

2017

Denford S, Abraham C, Callaghan M, Aighton P, De Vocht F, Arris S (2017). A review of Grey and academic literature of evaluation guidance relevant to public health interventions. BMC Health Serv Res, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Denford S, Abraham C, Van Beurden S, Smith JR, Morgan-Trimmer S (2017). Behaviours: Behaviour-change interventions for public health. In  (Ed) Design for Health, 58-71.  Abstract.
Pound P, Denford S, Shucksmith J, Tanton C, Johnson AM, Owen J, Hutten R, Mohan L, Bonell C, Abraham C, et al (2017). What is best practice in sex and relationship education? a synthesis of evidence, including stakeholders' views. BMJ Open, 7(5). Abstract.  Author URL.

2016

Denford S, Abraham C, Campbell R, Brusse H (2016). A comprehensive review of reviews of school-based interventions to improve sexual-health. Health Psychology Review Full text.
Denford S, Abraham S, Smith J, Morgan-Trimmer S, Lloyd J, Wyatt K (2016). Intervention design and evaluation: behaviour change imperatives. In Spotswood F (Ed) Beyond behaviour change Key issues, interdisciplinary approaches and future directions, Bristol: Policy Press, 49-70.  Abstract.
Abraham C, Denford S (2016). Planning Interventions to Change Behavior. In  (Ed) Behavior Change Research and Theory: Psychological and Technological Perspectives, 1-26.  Abstract.

2015

Abraham C, Denford S, Dean S, Greaves C, Lloyd J, Tarrant M, White M, Wyatt K (2015). Designing Interventions to Change Health-related Behaviour. In Richards D, Hallberg IR (Eds.) Complex Interventions in Health: an Overview of Research Methods, Routledge, 103-110.
Denford S, Abraham C, Smith J, Lloyd J, White M, Tarrant M, Wyatt K, Greaves C, Dean S (2015). Designing and evaluating behavior change interventions to promote health. In Reynolds KJ, Branscombe NR (Eds.) The Psychology of Change: Life Contexts, Experiences, and Identities, New York: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis, 151-169.
Britten N, Denford S, Harris-Golesworthy F, Jibson S, Pyart N, Stein K (2015). Patient involvement in drug licensing: a case study. Soc Sci Med, 131, 289-296. Abstract.  Author URL.

2014

Denford S, Frost J, Dieppe P, Cooper C, Britten N (2014). Individualisation of drug treatments for patients with long-term conditions: a review of concepts. BMJ Open, 4(3). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Denford S, Frost J, Dieppe P, Britten N (2013). Doctors' understanding of individualisation of drug treatments: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open, 3(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Denford S, Taylor RS, Campbell JL, Greaves CJ (2013). Effective behaviour change techniques in asthma self-care interventions: Systematic review and meta-regression. Health Psychology, 1(Epub ahead of print). Abstract.  Full text.
Britten N, Denford S, Stein K (2013). INCRETINS AND PANCREATIC CANCER Involving patients in drug licensing decisions. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 347 Author URL.
Britten N, Denford S, Stein K (2013). Involving patients in drug licensing decisions. BMJ, 347 Author URL.
Denford S, Frost J, Campbell J, Greaves C (2013). Processes of change in an asthma selfcare intervention. Qualitative Health Research, 1(23), 1419-1429.

2011

Denford S, Harcourt D, Rubin L, Pusic A (2011). Understanding normality: a qualitative analysis of breast cancer patients concepts of normality after mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Psychooncology, 20(5), 553-558. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Keogh E, Denford S (2009). Sex differences in perceptions of pain coping strategy usage. Eur J Pain, 13(6), 629-634. Abstract.  Author URL.

2008

Dallos R, Denford S (2008). A qualitative exploration of relationship and attachment themes in families with an eating disorder. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 13(2), 305-322. Abstract.  Author URL.

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