Dr Emma Sharpe

Emma Sharpe

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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About

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Loughborough University in 2011. Following this, I went on to complete both an MRes in 2012 and PhD in 2015. I joined the University of Derby as a lecturer in October 2015, having previously worked as a University Teacher at Loughborough University.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year course and Module Leader for the 'Fundamentals of Human Behaviour' component of the foundation programme. I also teach across a variety of Level 4 and 5 modules, primarily in the areas of Biological Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics.

Research interests

My doctoral research examined the association between eating-related psychopathology and emotion processing deficits. Currently, my research is concerned with all aspects of eating behaviour (e.g. eating disorders, binge eating, obesity), emotion processing and behaviour change. I also supervise a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects both on campus and online.

Qualifications

PhD in Psychology: Loughborough University (2012-2015). Thesis title: Attention, emotion processing and eating psychopathology.

MRes Psychology (Distinction): Loughborough University (2011-2012). Dissertation title: Attentional biases in eating psychopathology: The role of vigilance and avoidance.

BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class Hons): Loughborough University (2008-2011). Dissertation title: Attentional biases in food neophobia: The role of speeded detection and slowed engagement.

Recent publications

Sharpe, E., Wallis, D. J., & Ridout, N. (2016). The influence of variations in eating disorder-related symptoms on processing of emotional faces in a non-clinical female sample: An eye-tracking study. Psychiatry Research, 240, 321-327. doi: 10.1016/j.pyschres.2016.04.065.

Sharpe, E. & Wallis, D. J. (2014). Attitudes towards emotional expression, emotion regulation and eating psychopathology. Abstracts/Appetite, 83, 342-362.

Sharpe, E. & Wallis, D. J. (2013). Attentional biases in eating psychopathology: The role of vigilance and avoidance. Abstracts/Appetite, 71, 470-490.

Wallis, D. J. & Sharpe, E. (2013). Attentional biases to faces in sub-clinical eating psychopatholgy. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatcs (ICPM Abstracts), 82, 1-134.

Wallis, D. J., Ridout, N., & Sharpe, E. (2012). Emotion recognition in eating psychopathology: A comparison between static and dynamic stimuli. Abstracts/Appetite, 59, 618-638.

Recent conferences

Sharpe, E.,  Wallis, D. Attention bias and slowed disengagement from emotional faces using a visual search task. Health and Wellbeing Conference, Loughborough University, 23rd February 2015. Poster presentation.

Sharpe, E., Meyer, C., Arcelus, J., & Wallis, D. The link between emotional expression, emotion regulation and eating psychopathology. Loughborough University, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Postgraduate Research Conference, 4th June 2014. Poster presentation.

Sharpe, E., Meyer, C., Arcelus, J. & Wallis, D. Attitudes towards emotional expression, emotion regulation and eating psychopathology. Annual meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, 4-5th April 2014. Oral presentation.

Sharpe, E. & Wallis, D. Do negative attitudes influence the way we regulate emotion? Health and Wellbeing Conference, Loughborough University, 17th February 2014. Poster presentation.

Sharpe, E. & Wallis, D. Attention processing in disordered eaters: an eye-tracking study. Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Postgraduate Research Conference, 22nd May 2013. Poster presentation.

Sharpe, E. & Wallis, D. Attentional biases in eating psychopathology: The role of vigilance and avoidance. Annual meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, 4-5th April 2013. Oral presentation.

Sharpe, E. & Wallis, D. Attention in eating psychopathology. Loughborough University 'Research that Matters' conference, 7th March 2013. Poster presentation.

Additional interests and activities

Invited Reviewer for the European Eating Disorders Review

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