Dr Sarah Denford
Research Fellow: Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC)


Sarah Denford is a research fellow with a background in Health Psychology and behavior change. She is currently working on a project aiming to promote physical activity, sport and recreation for adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis.

She completed her PhD (awarded in 2011) and Clinical Doctorate in Health Psychology (awarded in 2013). The aim of the PhD was to identify active components of interventions targeting asthma self-care, and to identify psychological processes that change over the course of interventions. Studies undertaken for these doctorates include a systematic review and narrative synthesis, a systematic review and meta-analysis and meta-regression, a qualitative process evaluation of a complex intervention, and three qualitative interview studies.

She has also worked on projects funded by the NIHR CLAHRC for the South West Peninsula; including projects to support practitioners to individualize treatments for patients with chronic disease. For the past three years, she has been funded by the NIHR School for Public Health to undertake applied public health research; including a systematic review of school based sexual health interventions; a feasibility study exploring the impact of environment on alcohol consumption; the development of an NIHR SPHR catalogue and review of evaluation guidance; and the development of an evaluation website (for Public Health England). Her role also included delivering public health evaluation training to public health practitioners at various sites across England.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Self- management of chronic conditions
  • Public Health
  • Evaluation of complex interventions
  • Behaviour change
  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative methods


BSC, MSc, PhD, D.Health.Psych, AHEA

Contact details

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University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
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