Dr Kayleigh Sheen

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I am a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I joined UWE in September 2022. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (2018-2022), and a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool (2013-2018). I was awarded both my undergraduate degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield (2010, 2014 respectively). My research interests broadly relate to psychology in the context of childbirth, with particular focus on 1) perinatal mental health and 2) maternity staff wellbeing.


My research into perinatal psychology currently has a specific focus on fear of childbirth (sometimes referred to as tokophobia). I am currently leading an NIHR RfPB award aimed at improving the identification of fear of childbirth in routine maternity care. I am also supervising a funded PhD studentship to examine the role of psychological mechanisms in the development and maintenance of fear of childbirth throughout pregnancy. 


I have previously been co-investigator on projects aimed at identifying the scale and impact of work-related trauma exposure in obstetricians and gynaecologists (funded by Wellbeing of Women), and developing a programme to prevent the development of PTSD in midwifery staff (funded by Health Education England). I have also conducted research investigating correlates of mental health and wellbeing in midwifery students, with a particular focus on perfectionism. 


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