School of Psychology
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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.
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”.
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.
Working with the YMCA in Liverpool examining the impact of Green Space on mental health at Dutch Farm
Psychology School Lead for Student Experience