Staff profile

Dr Sophie Williams


Academic Lead in Psychology

Dr Sophie Williams outside

Subject

Psychology

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

University of Derby Online Learning

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-2198-7938

Email

s.williams3@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and I received my in Health Psychology from the University of Derby. My research interests lie in women’s health and long-term conditions, with a particularly focus on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and quality of life. I began working for the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) in 2012, as an associate lecturer. I then began teaching as a lecturer on a variety of modules across the psychology programmes we offer, including the BSc and MSc. I am now programme leader/Academic Lead for the University Certificate in Psychology. Predominantly, however, I teach on the MSc Health Psychology programme. I am a committee member of the BPS East Midlands Branch and also a member of the Division of Health Psychology and the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section.

Research interests

My main research interest lies within Health Psychology, specifically women’s health and long term conditions. I am particularly interested in the impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on quality of life, and the experience of living with PCOS. Moreover, I am interested in positive psychology, online research methods, and body image.

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Courses

Dr Sophie Williams, Academic Lead in Psychology at the University of Derby, looks at the reason why pregnant women have been excluded from clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccine and the history behind the decision. 

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Dr Sophie Williams from the University of Derby, discuss how strategies from performance psychology can help when returning to work after maternity leave.

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Dr Sophie Williams, academic lead in Psychology at University of Derby talks about why we need to raise awareness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Recent publications

  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (In press). Analysing the impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on quality of life using photovoice methods. SAGE Research Methods Cases – Psychology
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R.C. (2015). 'Everything's from the inside out with PCOS': Exploring women's experiences of living with polycystic ovary syndrome and co-morbdities through Skype interviews. Health Psychology Open, 2(2). doi: 10.1177/2055102915603051
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2014). A snapshot of the lives of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A photovoice investigation. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177 / 1359105314547941
  • Williams, S. (2014). Online research methods: An interview with Dr Neil Coulson. Health Psychology Update, 23(2), 60-63.
  • Lilley, F., & Williams, S. (2016). Long-term support for young adults diagnosed with cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Oral presentation at The Applied Qualitative Research Conference. University of Derby, UK.
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2015). Development and validation of the PCOS-QoL: A quality of life measure for women with PCOS. Oral presentation abstract accepted at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015. London, UK.
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2015). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), depression and anxiety: A prevalence study. Oral presentation at the 12th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine conference. Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2015). Using Skype interviews to explore the impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on quality of life: A thematic analysis. Oral presentation at the 12th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine conference. Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  • Williams, S. (2015, February 11). Exploring the impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome on quality of life. Institute of Health and Well Being, University of Northampton, UK.
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2014). The impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome on quality of life: A photovoice study. Oral presentation at the MHPN Annual Conference. Northampton, UK. 
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2013). The impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome on quality of life: A photovoice study. Poster presented at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. Brighton, UK. 
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2013). The impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome on quality of life: A thematic analysis of online Skype interviews. Poster presented at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. Brighton, UK.
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2013). The impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on quality of life: A photovoice study. Poster presented at The New Horizons Conference, Derby, UK. 
  • Williams, S., Sheffield, D., & Knibb, R. (2012). The impact of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on quality of life: A photovoice study. Work in Progress poster presented at the Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK.