Staff profile

Dr Sarah Crooks


Dr Sarah Crooks


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus




Teaching responsibilities

Currently, I teach social psychology, and qualitative methods. Additionally, I lead the 3rd year Work Placement and 2nd year Psychopathology modules.  I supervise 3rd year independent studies and am also involved in the online MSc Psychology for Behaviour Change.

Research interests

My research interests tend to be clustered around feminism and women's issues; for instance, my PhD looked at changes in women's agency and subject positions since 1963, when Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique' was published.  I'm currently involved in a research project with colleagues at the University of Leicester which focuses on mothers' experiences of studying for the PGCE.  I'm also interested in issues centred around childcare and how issues with access and affordability impact on women's agency and gender equality.


I graduated in 2009 with a first class degree in psychology, followed by a PhD in 2015.  I'm currently studying for the PGCertHE.

Recent publications

Crooks, S. (2017). Contemporary Femininities in Taylor, S. Advancing Social Psychology. The Open University: Milton Keynes