Projects per year
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
- Best Practice in Occupational Health (Network Rail)
- Implementing Family Integrated Care in Zambia - University of Brighton Interdisciplinary Research Initiative
- Diabetes UK Community Champions Evaluation (North West Surrey CCG)
- 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)
Previous Research Projects
- Evaluation of Care Navigation as part of the Right Person First initiative (CANE - Care Navigation Evaluation).
- FuelPre (Fuel Poverty Reduction Evaluation). Evaluation of the NHS Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group Healthy Homes Programme
- A better understanding what makes for effective conversations about alcohol between parents & their 15-17 year olds. Drinkware.
- 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
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
Current PhD students
- Arthur Gaillard - Production of knowledge in Sport for Development
I am interested in supervising Masters and PhD students in all areas of health psychology, health promotion, and public health. Particular interests include:
- preterm birth and its impact on families;
- parents' experiences of participating in neonatal trials;
- sexual and reproductove health;
- maternal mental health.
Approach to teaching
I currently teach on the MSc Health Promotion module Principles of Health Promotion. I also supervise Masters student dissertations.
PhD, University of Sussex
Award Date: 30 Jun 2011
Master, University of Sussex
Award Date: 30 Sep 2007
Bachelor, University of Leicester
Award Date: 30 Jun 2006
Better understanding what makes effective conversations about alcohol between parents and their 15-17 year olds
1/12/16 → 31/05/17
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Parent–child conversations associated with alcohol-related risk behaviours in young people (13–17 years) in the UK: a cross-sectional studyJones, A-M., Sawyer, A., Huber, J., Coleman, L., Dunne, N. & Sherriff, N., 17 Jun 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 6, e033171.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Chapter
Care Navigation Evaluation (CaNE): Evaluation of the NHS Hastings and Rother and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Groups Care Navigation InitiativeHuber, J., Goldsmith, C., Sherriff, N. & Sawyer, A., 2019
Research output: Book/Report › Project report
Activities per year
Alexandra Sawyer (Examiner)
Activity: External examination and supervision › Taught course