Staff profile

Dr Emma Sharpe

Lecturer in Psychology

Emma Sharpe, Psychology lecturer




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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 Discipline Lead for the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year programme and am module leader for the 'Fundamentals of Human Behaviour' component of the programme.  I also teach across a variety of Level 4 and 5 modules, primarily in the areas of Biological Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics and lead the Level 6 Clinical Applications of Psychology module.

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.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications

Wallis, D. J., Ridout, N. & Sharpe, E. (2018). Emotion recognition in non-clinical eating psychopathology: A comparison between static faces and dynamic social interactions. Eating Behaviours, 29, 19-24.

Maratos, F., & Sharpe, E. E. (2018). The origins of disordered eating and childhood food neophobia: Applying an anxiety perspective. In S. Reilly (Eds.), Food neophobia: Behavioral and biological influences (pp. 305-328). Cambridge, US: Elsevier

Sharpe, E., & Karasouli, E., & Meyer, C. (2017). Examining factors of engagement with digital interventions for weight management: Rapid review. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(10), e205. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6059

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

A woman offering her hand to a small child who is hiding her face in her hands

Dr Emma Sharpe, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, looks at why we continue to underestimate the importance of emotion given its clear link to both the onset and maintenance of eating disorders.

Scales with a measuring tape sitting on top.

Emma Sharpe, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, discusses the implications of the recent Cancer Research UK campaign in terms of the promotion of weight bias, stigmatisation and discrimination of those who are overweight/obese.