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Dr Sarah Hotham BA, BSc, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol

Research Fellow

 

 

A Chartered Psychologist and Research Fellow, my expertise lies in health psychology and behavioural medicine in public health, with a focus on obesity and physical activity. My PhD in Health/Cognitive Psychology at the University of Kent explored the relationship between eating behaviours and attention using experimental methods such as eye tracking, reaction times and EEG.

Research funding awards include The Big Lottery, Kent County Council, London Triborough Authorities, local NHS Trusts and CCGs. I am currently Principal Investigator for a number of projects exploring the impact of behaviour change techniques on obesity and physical activity and the role of the voluntary sector in delivering health and social care. I also lead a local evaluation - ‘Ageless Thanet’ - of a five year Big Lottery-funded programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

I am primary Supervisor for PhD student Susan Potter who is evaluating social prescribing programme in Bexley. I am also a CHSS Mentor.

I peer review for journals including Appetite and Eating Behaviours and carry out expert reviews for the Big Lottery and NIHR research programmes.

Previous employers include Pfizer and the School of Psychology at the University of Kent - working on projects around the role of perfectionism in sporting and academic life. I have completed Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society Health Psychology qualification.

Awards

  • London Sport (2018). Designing a training package to improve physical activity knowledge in social prescribers (PI)
  • Kent County Council (2018). Designing an evaluation to capture effectiveness of the school nurse package of care programme to support children and families to make positive healthy lifestyle changes. (PI)
  • Big Lottery (2018). Ageing Better Programme Intervention Typology Project. (PI)
  • Bexley NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (2018). Developing an evaluation toolkit to assess impact of prevention and early intervention (PEI) grants in Bexley. (PI)
  • NHS North West London Collaboration of CCGs (2017). Improving the competencies of psychological wellbeing practitioners for LTCs. (Co-I)
  • Kent Health VC Scholarship. Evaluation of social prescribing model in Bexley. KentHealth VCs Research grant to fund PhD studentship. (PI)
  • Kent County Council (2016). Impact of conservation volunteering on health & well-being. (PI)Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (2016). Feasibility of using mindfulness in adult Tier 3 weight management services. (PI)
  • Big Lottery(2015) Ageing better programme: Ageless Thanet (Co-I)
  • Kent County Council (2015). Evaluation of KCC physical inactivity pilot (PI)
  • London Triborough Authorities (2015). Evaluation of ‘whole place’ community health lifestyle project. (Co-I)
  • Faculty Research Fund: Social Sciences (2014). The effect of a mindful eating intervention on dieters’ susceptibility to food cues and weight loss. (PI)
  • Kent Health Grant (2014). Support for the qualitative analysis of PCMHS project (PI)
  • East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2012). Understanding the support needs of disabled children and their families in East Kent (Co-I)
  • PhD Studentship (2009) School of Psychology, University of Kent
  • Pfizer Studentship (2007) MSc in Research Methods in Psychology

Memberships

  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society: BPS Division of Health Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Section
  • Association for the Study of Obesity
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Higher Education Academy: Associate Fellow
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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Hamilton-West, K., Gadsby, E. and Hotham, S. (2019). Improving the evidence base for social prescribing. British Medical Journal [Online] 364. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l744.
Hamilton-West, K., Gadsby, E. and Hotham, S. (2019). Helen Salisbury: Social prescribing and the No 17 bus. BMJ [Online] 364. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l271.
Schrag, A. et al. (2018). Experience of care for Parkinson's disease in European countries: A survey by the European Parkinson's Disease Association. European Journal of Neurology [Online] 25:1410-e120. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/ene.13738.
Schrag, A. et al. (2018). Patient experiences of receiving a diagnosis of Parkinsons's disease. Journal of Neurology [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-018-8817-8.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2017). Evaluation of a pilot service to facilitate discharge of patients with stable long-term mental health needs from secondary to primary care: the role of Primary Care Mental Health Specialists. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online] 18:344-353. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423617000184.
Hotham, S. et al. (2017). A study in to the effectiveness of a postural care training programme aimed at improving knowledge, understanding, and confidence in parents and school staff. Child: Care, Health and Development [Online] 43:743-751. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12444.
Fairhurst, A. and Hotham, S. (2017). Going further than the 'Daily Mile'. Perspectives in Public Health [Online] 137:83-84. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757913916685639.
Stoeber, J. and Hotham, S. (2016). Perfectionism and attitudes toward cognitive enhancers ("smart drugs"). Personality and Individual Differences [Online] 88:170-174. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.09.011.
Hotham, S. and Sharma, D. (2015). The relationship between top-down attentional control and changes in weight. Eating Behaviours [Online] 18:81-83. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.03.014.
Clarke, H. et al. (2015). The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network 2013 and 2014 conferences. Health Psychology Update [Online] 24:35-37. Available at: http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/health-psychology-update/health-psychology-update-vol-24-no-1-spring-2015.html.
Hotham, S., Hutton, E. and Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children with physical disabilities: The (UKC-PostCarD) questionnaire. Child: Care, Health and Development [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12242.
Stoeber, J. and Hotham, S. (2013). Perfectionism and social desirability: Students report increased perfectionism to create a positive impression. Personality and Individual Differences [Online] 55:626-629. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2013.04.023.
Monograph
Hotham, S. (2017). Evaluation of a physical inactivity pilot delivered in primary care. Kent County Council.
Hotham, S., Jenkins, L. and Billings, J. (2014). Evaluation of the Outpatients consultation in East Kent. University of Kent.
Research report (external)
Hutton, E. et al. (2016). Understanding the support needs of disabled children and their families in East Kent. East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.
Hotham, S. et al. (2015). Evaluation of the Primary Care Mental Health Specialist role: Final Report. [Online]. Canterbury: Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/docs/PCMHS_Evaluation_Report_FINAL.pdf.
Hotham, S. et al. (2015). An evaluation of the Primary Care Mental Health Specialist role in in Kent and Medway: Final Report. NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit.
Hutton, E., Hamilton-West, K. and Hotham, S. (2014). Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children EKHUT Internal Grant Reportwith physical disabilities. Canterbury: University of Kent.
Conference or workshop item
Hotham, S. and Sharma, D. (2015). How availability of food affects attentional control in restrained eaters: Eye movements in a pictorial-adapted antisaccade task. in: Emerging methods in addiction research programme.
Hotham, S. et al. (2014). An evaluation of a postural care training package: Improving self-efficacy in parents and teachers who care for a physically disabled child. in: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference (DHP).. Available at: https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Division%20of%20Health%20Psychology%20Annual%20Conference%202014/poster_presentation_listing_v9.pdf#page=2.
Hotham, S. and Sharma, D. (2014). How availability of food affects attentional control in restrained eaters: Eye movements in a pictorial-adapted antisaccade task. in: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference (DHP).. Available at: https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Division%20of%20Health%20Psychology%20Annual%20Conference%202014/provisional_scientific_programme_timetable_2014_v13.pdf#page=5.
Hotham, S. and Sharma, D. (2014). How availability of food affects attentional control in restrained eaters: Eye movements in a pictorial-adapted antisaccade task. in: Experimental Psychological Society.. Available at: http://www.eps.ac.uk/images/epsfiles/kent%20programme%20apr%20-%202014%20-final.pdf#page=8.
Hutton, E. et al. (2013). A study into the effectiveness of a postural care education programme aimed at improving self-efficacy in carers of children with physical disabilities. in: The College of Occupational Therapists Annual Children & Young People Conference.
Forthcoming
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2018). Development of a Long-term conditions training programme for primary care mental health staff. Primary Health Care Research and Development.
Merritt, R. et al. (2018). The subjective experience of Parkinson's disease: a qualitative study in 60 people with mild to moderate Parkinson's in 11 European countries. European Journal of Person Centered Healthcare 6.
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Psychology, quantitative methods, public health and behaviour change, social prescribing, eating behaviours, health behaviours, self-efficacy theory, voluntary sector role in health and social care, training healthcare professionals.

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Convenor Intercalated BSc in Management in Primary Care
SO734: Research and Evaluation Methods

Convenor Applied Health Research - MSc
SO955: Quantitative Methods in Health Research

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My motivation for mentoring

I’m a BPS Chartered Psychologist who specialises in behavioural medicine with a focus on weight management and physical activity. I received my PhD in 2013 from the University of Kent for exploring the relationship between maladaptive eating behaviours and attention using experimental methods such as eye tracking, reaction times and EEG. Since working in CHSS my interests has moved to more applied health research, working with Local Authority Public Health teams, CCGs and NHS Trusts to develop and evaluate behaviour change interventions. I am also interested in the training of healthcare professionals, improving their capacity to understand and use behaviour change techniques in everyday practice. Outside of my university role I work as a consultant and provide one-to-one support to individuals making healthy lifestyle changes. 
I have been lucky enough throughout my academic career to have benefited from fantastic support and mentorship and thus appreciate the impact this positive relationship can have. I’m excited to be part of the CHSS mentorship scheme as it provides an opportunity for me to give something back, share what I’ve learnt, and build a helpful and encouraging relationship with a colleague.
I’m also keen athlete so happy to have mentoring sessions while out running, although obviously this is not compulsory!

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