Sarah is a researcher, currently coordinating the social media for the CIA, as well as undertaking other research roles. After graduating from a degree in psychology with European Study at the University of Exeter in 1999, Sarah embarked upon a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology at Cardiff University. After completing this in 2003, she became assistant manager at Headway Cardiff, helping with the social rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury. A change of direction took her to the University of Glamorgan where she obtained a first degree in midwifery, which sparked her love of researching. In 2012 she began working for the CIA in the role of a research assistant on the CFAS project.

In 2015 Sarah founded a community interest company with a colleague, Kate Whitestone, that provides singing and social groups for people over that age of 50. With Music in Mind runs groups in Cowbridge, Barry and Neath and was created following research at Swansea University into the benefits of singing, social interaction and into the lack of service provision in certain locations. As an inclusive social enterprise, the community members who attend range from those who seek company and enjoy singing with others to those with Parkinsons, dementia, health or mental health problems. 

Areas of Expertise

  • choral singing

Publications

  1. Make or Break: The Importance of Good Mentorship. British Journal of Midwifery 16(11), 704-711.
  2. Winning the Battle: A Review of Postnatal Depression. British Journal of Midwifery 19(4), 221-227.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
November 2012 Present Researcher CIA at Swansea University
May 2015 Present Managing Director With Music in Mind
October 2004 March 2007 Assistant Day Centre Manager Headway Cardiff