Skip to content

Dr Sarah Griffiths

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4567

E: sarah.griffiths@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

I am a health and wellbeing researcher at De Montfort University, working in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. For my PhD, I designed and developed a multi-platform intervention to increase engagement with the Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service using the Behaviour Change Wheel. My studentship was funded by Public Health Warwickshire. Current projects include: a mixed methodology study exploring how a programme of support for parents of babies that cry excessively can be delivered by health visitors; a systematic review exploring women and girls’ experiences of accessing healthcare after sexual assault in South Africa; a qualitative study looking at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on visitation of family members to loved ones living in care homes.

Previous research projects I have worked on include an exploration of young people's views and beliefs about smoking and e-cigarettes in Warwickshire and the impact of early-stage dementia on social activity. My applied experience includes working as a stop smoking advisor and as a support practitioner for patients who had suffered from a stroke.

I have several publications, including a systematic review and meta-analysis exploring the effectiveness of digital interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Health & Health Policy

Publications and outputs

Parsons, J., Griffiths, S.E., Thomas, N. & Atherton, H. (2021) How effective are digital interventions in increasing flu vaccination among pregnant women? A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Public Health, 2021 https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdab220

Lee, B., Griffiths, S.E. & Barror, A. (2020) Coventry and Warwickshire Smoking in Pregnancy Review [online] available from <https://www.happyhealthylives.uk/our-priorities/maternity-and-paediatrics/pregnancy-smoking/>

Griffiths, S. E., Parsons, J., Naughton, F., Fulton, E. A., Tombor, I.  & Brown, K. E. (2018) Are digital interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy effective? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review, 12 (4), 333-356.

Fulton, E. A., Gokal, K., Griffiths, S. E. & Wild, S. (2018) More than half of adolescent e-cigarette users had never smoked a cigarette: Findings from a study of school children in the UK. Public Health, 161, 33-35.

 Griffiths, S. E., Brown, K. E., Fulton, E. A., Tombor, I. & Naughton, F. (2016) Are digital interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy effective? A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 5 (1), 2017.

Research interests/expertise

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Behaviour change
  • Long-term conditions
  • Public health issues
  • Qualitative research
  • Literature reviews

Qualifications

2019, Coventry University: PhD, 'The design and development of a multi-platform intervention to increase engagement with the Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service'.
2013, Coventry University: MSc, Health Psychology
2002, Lancaster University: BSc, Psychology (Hons)

Membership of external committees

 

Membership of professional associations and societies

Chartered member of the BPS

Consultancy work

I am working as a Qualitative Researcher for Allurion Technologies. We have designed a digital behaviour change intervention to enhance weight loss and promote long-term behaviour change in patients using the Allurion gastric Balloon. My main roles are content design, qualitative and quantitative data preparation, collection, analysis and reporting.