Dr. Sarita Robinson

Dr. Sarita Robinson

Principal Lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB101

+44 (0) 1772 89 4494

sjrobinson1@uclan.ac.uk

Sarita Robinson (Psychology BSc - Lancaster University; Cognitive Sciences MSc - Manchester University) completed her PhD in Cognitive and Neuroimmune Responses to Threat at Lancaster University before joining the School of Psychology at UCLan in 2005. Sarita’s research interests mainly focus on cognitive neuropsychology and psychobiology in relation to people in survival situations. Sarita is also interested in the link between dental health and Alzheimer’s disease, the health benefits of Green space and Post-Traumatic Growth after trauma. Sarita is also passionate about science communication and undertakes extensive public engagement work.

Sarita is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Cognitive and Neuroscience Research Group.

Full Profile

Sarita’s research interests are broadly located within the domain of health and cognitive psychology, looking at the impact of acute environmental events on health and well-being. Currently, Sarita is investigating 1) how people cope during emergency situations using a cognitive neuropsychology and psychobiology approach, 2) the impact of psychological factors on growth after trauma, 3) the impact of psychosocial factors on health and well-being, specifically focusing on Alzheimer’s disease.

Sarita has written an article on The Conversation about surviving stressful situations, specifically relating the group who were trapped in the cave in Thailand, entitled ‘Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground’. Sarita had another article published on The Conversation in January 2019 about the effects of isolation, entitled ‘What are the effects of total isolation? An expert explains’.

Sarita is also passionate about public engagement and frequently comments on News stories in the Press and on TV. Sarita has contributed a chapter to “Unmasked: The Science of Superheroes” – a new science book aimed at teenagers to be published by UCLan Publishing. Sarita is also a regular contributor to the Channel 4 series “From Hell”.

Social Media

Publications

Brooks, M., Graham-Kevan, N., Robinson, S., & Lowe, M. (2019). Trauma characteristics and posttraumatic growth: The mediating role of avoidance coping, intrusive thoughts, and social support. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(2), 232-238.

Robinson, S. J. (2018). How can Psychology inform disaster research? Procedia engineering, 212, 1083-1090

Harding, A., Gonder, U., Robinson, S. J., Crean, S., & Singhrao, S. K. (2017). Exploring the association between Alzheimer’s disease, oral health, microbial endocrinology and nutrition. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 9, 398.

Robertson, O., Robinson, S. J., & Stephens, R. (2017). Swearing as a response to pain: A cross-cultural comparison of British and Japanese participants. Scandinavian Journal of pain, 17(1), 267-272.

More publications

Memberships

  • Co-Chair of the UCLan Women’s Network
  • Committee Member of the British Psychological Societies - Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section
  • Committee Member of the British Psychological Societies – Psychobiology Section

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Psychology - Cognitive and Neuroimmune Factors in Human Survival, Lancaster University, 2005
  • MSc. Cognitive Science , Manchester University, 1998
  • BSc. (Hons.) Psychology with Globalisation Studies , Lancaster University, 1996

External Roles

  • Committee Member of the British Psychological Society’s Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section
  • Committee Member of the British Psychological Society’s Psychobiology Section

Research

Current Projects

  • Post-traumatic Growth after exposure to natural disasters.
  • The Psychology of Hangovers.
  • The Effects of Anxiety on Dental Health and Alzheimer’s disease development.
  • The use of comics for science communication linked to our new publication – Unmasked: The science of Superheroes.

ACTIVITIES

Working with the YMCA in Liverpool examining the impact of Green Space on mental health at Dutch Farm

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Psychology School Lead for Student Experience

Conferences

  • Robinson, S. (2019).Child Survivors! and Bushcraft for Health and Well-being. The Bushcraft Show
  • Robinson, S (2019) Interactive Learning in Higher Education. Advance HE. Newcastle
  • Robinson, S (2019) The psychology of Hangovers. Psychobiology Conference. Windermere
  • Robinson, S. (2018).The impact of individual differences on immersive learning environment preparedness training. The International Conference on Building Resilience. Lisbon.
  • Robinson, S. (2017). Interdisciplinary thinking in Disaster Research. ASCENT Project meeting. Thailand