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Research interests

Alexandra is a mixed methods researcher with a background in Health Psychology. Her particular research interests and expertise lie in the areas of maternal and child health, and include preterm birth and its impact on families; parents' experiences of participating in neonatal trials; and maternal mental health. More recently her research has focused on evaluating interventions designed to reduce health inequalities. 

Current Research Projects

  • WHO ProSPeRero: Project on Sexually Transmitted Infection Point-of-care Testin - Clinic based evaluation of SD BIOLINE HIV/Syphilis Duo (Alere) and DPP® HIV-Syphilis Assay (Chembio) for the screening of HIV and syphilis in men who have sex with men in in the STI screening facilities of Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom (UK)
  • Healthy Hastings & Rother Programme: Fuel Poverty Reduction. Hastings & Rother CCG
  • Evaluation of the Education, Training, Volunteering & Employment (ETVE) Project for People Living with HIV (PLWHIV)
  • Older people living with HIV in residential care homes. Extension to the Education, Training, Volunteering & Employment (ETVE) project

Scholarly biography

Alexandra completed her PhD at the University of Sussex (2011), which was supervised by Professor Susan Ayers, exploring psychological adjustment after childbirth in the UK and The Gambia. Alexandra then worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and City University London on a NIHR funded programme of research looking at improving care during very preterm birth. During this role she managed a number of studies including a qualitative study exploring parents' experiences of care during very preterm birth, a questionnaire development study of a measure to explore parents' experiences of care during very preterm birth, and a qualitative study exploring women's and clinicians' experiences of consent during a neonatal trial.

Alexandra joined the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton, as a Research Fellow in 2015.

Alexandra is also a Chartered Psychologist

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising Masters and PhD students in all areas of health psychology, health promotion, and public health.

Approach to teaching

I currently teach on the MSc Health Promotion module Principles of Health Promotion. I also supervise Masters student dissertations.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

Master, University of Sussex

Bachelor, University of Leicester

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Research Output 2009 2019

Birth Complications

Sawyer, A. & Ayers, S., 31 Mar 2019, Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. Llewellyn, C., Ayers, S., McManus, C., Newman, S., Petrie, K., Revenson, T. & Weinman, J. (eds.). 3rd ed.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Cord pilot trial, comparing alternative policies for timing of cord clamping before 32 weeks gestation: follow-up for women up to one year

Bradshaw, L. E., Sawyer, A., Armstrong-Buisseret, L., Mitchell, E. J., Ayers, S. & Duley, L., 21 Feb 2019, 19, 1, 78.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Premature Birth

Coping styles associated with post-traumatic stress and depression symptoms following childbirth in Croatian women

Rados, S. N., Sawyer, A., Ayers, S. & Burn, E., 13 Dec 2018, In : Psihologijske Teme. 27, 3, p. 543-559

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Understanding conversations about alcohol between parents and their 15-17 year olds: A qualitative study

Sawyer, A., Coleman, L., Cooke, R., Hodgson, L. & Sherriff, N., 16 May 2018, 18, 631.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Alcohol Drinking

Clinicians' views and experiences of offering two alternative consent pathways for participation in a preterm intrapartum trial: a qualitative study

Chhoa, C. Y., Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Pushpa-Rajah, A. & Duley, L., 26 Apr 2017, 18, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Premature Birth
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Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Editorial work

PLoS ONE (Journal)

Alexandra Sawyer (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work