Sarah Muir

Dr Sarah Muir

  • 01202 961561
  • swilliams at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Poole House P126A, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Sarah completed her degree in English Language & Linguistics and Psychology at Roheampton University in 2005. She then moved to Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where supervised by Professor Marie Reid, she completed her PhD in Psychology in 2009 into the lived experiences of anorexia nervosa using a novel online phenomenological approach. Before joining Bournemouth University in 2012 as a lecturer in qualitative research methods, health psychology and cyberpsychology Sarah worked as a Research Fellow at Southampton University between 2009-2012. Here, under the supervision of Professor Lucy Yardley, she developed skills and expertise in web-based intervention development and lead the development phase of the POWeR Trial. Sarah’s current research focuses on early intervention for eating disorders and aims to use digital health technologies as a way of engaging eating disorder patients in treatment as early as possible.

Research

Sarah’s main area of research is in early intervention for eating disorders. She leads the MotivATE programme of research which uses a web-based educational and motivational resources to improve service attendance for eating disorders. Sarah’s interest in the acceptability and potential of digital health technologies also sees her leading Bournemouth University’s Digital Health Research Group as well as collaborating on projects on a range of health topics including Parenting Programmes for ADHD, physical activity for Osteoarthritis and the topic of digital addiction.

Favourites

  • Yardley, L., Arden-Close, E.J. et al., 2014. Randomised controlled feasibility trial of a web-based weight management intervention with nurse support for obese patients in primary care. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11, 67.
  • Yardley, L., Williams, S., Bradbury, K., Garip, G., Renouf, S., Ware, L., Dorling, H., Smith, E. and Little, P., 2013. Integrating user perspectives into the development of a web-based weight management intervention. Clinical Obesity, 2 (5-6), 132-141.
  • Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2012. 'It's like there are two people in my head': A phenomenological exploration of anorexia nervosa and its relationship to the self. Psychology and Health, 27 (7), 798-815.
  • Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2010. Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa. Psychology and Health, 25, 551-567.
  • Williams, S., Newell, C., Griffiths, J. and Thomas, S., 2014. MotivATE: A pre-treatment motivational enhancement website for eating disorders. Development and qualitative evaluation. In: Eating Disorders International Conference 12-15 March 2014 London. e1-e19.
  • Williams, S., Newell, C., Sivyer, K., Thomas, S. and Griffiths, J., 2013. An Early Digital Resource for Enhancing Recovery Motivation for Eating Disorders: Users’ Perspectives. In: Medicine 2.0 23-24 September 2013 London.

Journal Articles

  • Yardley, L., Arden-Close, E.J. et al., 2014. Randomised controlled feasibility trial of a web-based weight management intervention with nurse support for obese patients in primary care. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11, 67.
  • Dennison, L. et al., 2014. Does brief telephone support improve engagement with a web-based weight management intervention? A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16 (3), e95.
  • Williams, S., Yardley, L. and Wills, G.B., 2013. A qualitative case study of LifeGuide: users' experiences of software for developing Internet-based behaviour change interventions. Health Informatics J, 19 (1), 61-75.
  • Ware, L.J., Williams, S., Bradbury, K., Brant, C., Little, P., Hobbs, F.D.R. and Yardley, L., 2013. Exploring weight loss services in primary care and staff views on using a web-based programme. Informatics In Primary Care, 20 (4), 283-288.
  • Tyler, R.E. and Williams, S., 2013. Masculinity in young men's health: Exploring health, help-seeking and health service use in an online environment. Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Yardley, L., Williams, S., Bradbury, K., Garip, G., Renouf, S., Ware, L., Dorling, H., Smith, E. and Little, P., 2013. Integrating user perspectives into the development of a web-based weight management intervention. Clinical Obesity, 2 (5-6), 132-141.
  • Williams, S., Clausen, M.G., Robertson, A., Peacock, S. and McPherson, K., 2012. Methodological Reflections on the Use of Asynchronous Online Focus Groups in Health Research. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 11 (4), 368-383.
  • Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2012. 'It's like there are two people in my head': A phenomenological exploration of anorexia nervosa and its relationship to the self. Psychology and Health, 27 (7), 798-815.
  • Kovshoff, H., Williams, S., Vrijens, M., Danckaerts, M., Thompson, M., Yardley, L., Hodgkins, P. and Sonuga-Barke, E.J.S., 2012. The Decisions Regarding ADHD Management (DRAMa) Study: uncertainties and complexities in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment from the clinician's point of view. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 21, 87-99.
  • Reid, M., Williams, S. and Hammersley, R., 2010. Managing Eating Disorder Patients in Primary Care in the UK: A Qualitative Study. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 18, 1-9.
  • Reid, M., Williams, S. and Burr, J., 2010. Perspectives on Eating Disorders and Service Provision: A Qualitative Study of Service Staff. European Eating Disorders Review, 18, 390-398.
  • Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2010. Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa. Psychology and Health, 25, 551-567.
  • Peacock, S., Robertson, A., Williams, S. and Giatsi Clausen, M., 2009. The role of learning technologists in supporting e-research. Research in Learning Technology, 17, 115-129.
  • Reid, M., Burr, J., Williams, S. and Hammersley, R., 2008. Eating disorders patients’ views on their disorders and on an outpatient service: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 956-960.
  • Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2007. A grounded theory approach to the phenomenon of pro-anorexia. Addiction, Research and Theory, 15, 141-152.

Conferences

  • Ali, R., Jiang, N., Phalp, K., Muir, S. and McAlaney, J., 2015. The Emerging Requirement for Digital Addiction Labels. In: The 21st International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2015) 23-26 March 2015 Essen, Germany..
  • Williams, S., Newell, C., Griffiths, J. and Thomas, S., 2014. MotivATE: A pre-treatment motivational enhancement website for eating disorders. Development and qualitative evaluation. In: Eating Disorders International Conference 12-15 March 2014 London. e1-e19.
  • Yardley, L., Williams, S., Bradbury, K., Garip, G., Renouf, S., Ware, L., Smith, E. and Dorling, H., 2013. Understanding experiences of the Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR) programme. In: BPS Health Psychology Conference 11-13 September 2013 Brighton.
  • Williams, S., Newell, C., Sivyer, K., Thomas, S. and Griffiths, J., 2013. An Early Digital Resource for Enhancing Recovery Motivation for Eating Disorders: Users’ Perspectives. In: Medicine 2.0 23-24 September 2013 London.
  • Williams, S., Yardley, L., Wills, G., Samangooei, S. and Gilbert, L., 2010. A Virtual Research Environment (VRE) to Support Sharing and Collaboration in Internet Intervention Projects. In: Med-e-tel 14-16 April 2010 Luxembourg.
  • Williams, S., Yardley, L., Weal, M. and Wills, G., 2010. Introduction to LifeGuide: Open-source software for creating online interventions for Health Care, Health Promotion and Training. In: Med-e-tel 14-16 April 2010 Luxembourg.
  • Yardley, L., Williams, S., Wills, G., Michie, S. and de Roure, D., 2009. LifeGuide: new software allowing YOU to create internet interventions. In: First International E-mental health summit 15-16 October 2009 Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Williams, S., 2009. The potential of the internet in researching and treating anorexia nervosa. In: First International E-mental health summit 15-16 October 2009 Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2008. Addicted to perfection: Are eating disorders gendered addictions? In: Psychology of Women Section 21st Anniversary Conference 16-18 July 2008 Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, England.
  • Williams, S., Reid, M., McPherson, K. and Peacock, S., 2007. Ambivalence in pro-anorexia: An online phenomenological approach. In: 2007 British Psychological Society Scottish Branch Annual Conference 30 November-1 December 2007 MacDonald Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MSc Advanced Research Methods

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (Qualitative Components), Devlopmental Psychology and its Disorders, Cyberpsychology, Health Psychology

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in English language & linguistic and Psychology (Roehampton University, 2005)
  • PhD in Understanding Anorexia Nervosa: An Online Phenomen (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, 2009)

Memberships

  • British Psychological Society, Member (2005-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (2013-),
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