Dr Emma Sharpe

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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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 aras 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.


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 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.

Additional interests and activities

Invited Reviewer for the European Eating Disorders Review

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