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Dr Sarah Griffiths

Job: Research Assistant

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 

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 recently carried out work as a consultant researcher for Public Health Warwickshire on a system-wide review of smoking in pregnancy in Warwickshire and Coventry. This review was commissioned by the Local Maternity System. My main roles for this project were data collection from healthcare professionals (qualitative discussions and survey responses), data analysis and project dissemination.

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