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City, University of London
Northampton Square
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EC1V 0HB
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About

Background

Sadie is a Research Fellow and Chartered Health Psychologist in the Centre for Health Services Research. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and after working in public health developing and delivering an alcohol brief interventions service in primary care, Sadie undertook her MSc in Health Psychology at King’s College London. Sadie then worked as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Health Services Research before being awarded a School of Health Sciences PhD Studentship in 2011, co-funded by City and Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH) Special Trustees.

In 2014 Sadie was awarded her PhD titled "The psychosocial and clinical outcomes of orbital decompression surgery in thyroid eye disease". Her PhD focused on quality of life in adults with an appearance-altering eye condition, psychosocial outcomes after reconstructive surgery, and patients' expectations of surgery. Sadie received a Research Progress Award in 2014 for the timely submission of her PhD thesis and her contribution to the School of Health Sciences and also won The Seymour Fisher Outstanding Body Image Dissertation Annual Award 2015. As Research Fellow Sadie continues to investigate the psychosocial impact of chronic and appearance-altering eye conditions and their treatments, and patient-led care.

Sadie completed the BPS Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) via the independent route and is a Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Sadie has taught research methods, reflective practice, and health psychology to undergraduate and postgraduate students at various institutions and currently teaches on the DPsych and MSc Health Psychology in the School of Health Sciences.

Qualifications

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), City, University of London, Mar 2015
  2. Introductory Certificate in Academic Practice, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Jan 2013
  3. PhD Health Psychology, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Oct 2011 – Dec 2014
  4. MSc Health Psychology, King's College London, United Kingdom, Oct 2009 – Oct 2010
  5. BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Oct 2004 – Jul 2007

Postgraduate Training

  1. Trainee Health Psychologist, British Psychological Society, London, United Kingdom, May 2013

Fellowships

  1. Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Jan 2015 – present

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  2. Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  3. Member, Division of Health Psychology (BPS)

Awards

  1. Body Image: An International Journal of Research (2015) The Seymour Fisher Outstanding Body Image Dissertation Annual Award
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  2. School of Health Sciences (2014) Research Progress Award
  3. City, University of London (2011) Doctoral Scholarship

Research

Research Overview

Sadie's research primarily focuses on the psychosocial impact of chronic conditions and their treatments and adjustment to having a chronic condition. Sadie's research interests also include patient-centered care and patient expectations of surgery. Sadie is part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a patient-led treatment service for adults with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm at MEH. This project investigates whether a patient-led model allows for a more stable pattern of disease severity and symptoms and improves illness perceptions, mood, quality of life and satisfaction with healthcare.

Research Interests

- Psychosocial adjustment in long-term conditions
- Appearance-altering eye conditions
- Patient expectations of surgery
- Clinical communication
- Patient-centered care

Research Groups

- Centre for Health Services Research
- Impact of Disease and Treatment Group
- Telehealth and Telecare Group
- Ophthalmic Assessments and Patient Outcomes following Ophthalmic Interventions Group

Principal Collaborators

- Dr Hayley McBain, Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, City University London
- Professor Stanton Newman, Professor of Health Psychology & Dean, School of Health Sciences, City University London
- Dr Shashi Hirani, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, City University London
- Mr Daniel Ezra, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital
- Professor Geoff Rose, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Research Students

Further Information
Sadie supervises the following MSc and DPsych research students:

Regina Tavengwa, MSc Advanced Nursing Practice. Project: Healthcare professionals' views about implementing a risk stratification tool aimed at reducing complications on the day of cataract surgery

Claire Kasza, MSc Health Policy. Project: The future of patient participation groups in general practice: A critical analysis

Emily Robson, DPsych (Health). Project: The long-term benefit of alternative therapies as part of an integrated cancer care service

Publications

Journal Articles (10)

  1. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Edmunds, M.R., Ezra, D.G., Rose, G.E. and Newman, S.P. (2017). Patients’ expectations for the functional and psychosocial outcomes of orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease: a qualitative study. Psychology, Health and Medicine pp. 1–10. doi:10.1080/13548506.2017.1356930.
  2. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Newman, S.P., Hirani, S.P., Hurt, C., Dunlop, N., Flood, C. and Ezra, D.G. (2016). Erratum to "Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a patient-initiated botulinum toxin treatment model for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm compared to standard care: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial" [Trials. 17, (2016), 129]. Trials, 17(1) . doi:10.1186/s13063-016-1502-2.
  3. Jenkinson, E. and Wickwar, S. (2016). Patient expectations of surgery outcomes for appearance-altering eye conditions. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 5(4) .
  4. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Newman, S.P., Hirani, S.P., Hurt, C., Dunlop, N., Flood, C. and Ezra, D.G. (2016). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a patient-initiated botulinum toxin treatment model for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm compared to standard care: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17(1) . doi:10.1186/s13063-016-1263-y.
  5. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Ezra, D.G., Hirani, S., Rose, G.E. and Newman, S.P. (2015). The psychosocial and clinical outcomes following orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease and predictors of change in quality of life. Ophthalmology, 122(12), pp. 2568–2576. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.08.030.
  6. Wickwar, S., Mcbain, H.B., Ezra, D.G., Hirani, S.P., Rose, G.E. and Newman, S.P. (2015). Which factors are associated with quality of life in patients with Graves' orbitopathy presenting for orbital decompression surgery? Eye (Basingstoke), 29(7), pp. 951–957. doi:10.1038/eye.2015.76.
  7. Wickwar, S. (2015). What is the psychological impact of thyroid eye disease and does orbital decompression surgery improve outcomes? TEDct Newsletter (Associated with The British Thyroid Foundation), (Spring 2015), pp. 10–15.
  8. Wickwar, S., McBain, H.B., Ezra, D.G., Hirani, S.P., Rose, G.E. and Newman, S.P. (2014). What are the psychosocial outcomes of treatment for thyroid eye disease? A systematic review. Thyroid, 24(9), pp. 1407–1418. doi:10.1089/thy.2014.0037.
  9. Wickwar, S., Buerkle, K., McBain, H., Ciciriello, S., Osborne, R.H., Wedderburn, L.R. and Newman, S.P. (2013). Adaptation of the methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis knowledge questionnaire (MiRAK) for use with parents of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A qualitative study. Pediatric Rheumatology, 11(1) . doi:10.1186/1546-0096-11-27.
  10. Wickwar, S., McBain, H. and Mulligan, K. The use and effectiveness of technology to support the management of severe mental illness: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research .

Education

Teaching

Undergraduate:
HS1001 - BSc Mental Health Nursing - Engaging in Practice (PPD)

Postgraduate:
HRM001 - MRes Clinical Research & MSc Health Services Research & Management - Introduction to Research Methods
HRM002 - MRes Clinical Research & MSc Health Services Research & Management - Advanced Research Methods
HYM006 - MSc Health Psychology - Understanding & Managing Long Term Conditions (Module Lead)
DPsych (Health) - Placement Coordinator

Teaching Assistant at Birkbeck, University of London, for BSc Psychology Research Methods II module 2012 - 2015.

Other Activities

Editorial Activity

  1. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open, Associate Editor.

Events/Conferences (7)

  1. What are the psychosocial & clinical outcomes of orbital decompression for thyroid eye disease and which factors predict change in quality of life? Athens (2016).
    Description: S Wickwar, H McBain, D G Ezra, G E Rose, S Hirani, S P Newman. Poster presented at the 35th meeting of the European Society for Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  2. Impact of orbital decompression surgery on quality of life in thyroid eye disease. London (2015).
    Description: Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Ezra, D.G., Hirani, S.P., Rose, G.E., Newman, S.P. Paper presented at BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015
  3. What is the impact of treatment on psychosocial outcomes for thyroid eye disease (TED)? A systematic review. City University London (2014).
    Description: Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Ezra, D.G., Hirani, S.P., Rose, G.E., Newman, S.P. Paper presented at Annual Doctoral Research Conference, School of Health Sciences, City University London
  4. Patients' expectations of orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease: Are they being met? Budapest, Hungary (2014).
    Description: Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Rose, G.E., Hirani,S., Newman, S.P. & Ezra, D.G. (2014), Abstract accepted for European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) conference.
  5. What factors predict quality of life in patients with thyroid eye disease seeking orbital decompression surgery? Bristol, UK (2014).
    Description: Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Ezra, D.G., Rose, G.E., Newman, S.P. (2014) Paper presented at Appearance Matters 6, Centre for Appearance Research.
  6. Appearance concern and social avoidance in patients with thyroid eye disease. Liverpool, UK (2014).
    Description: Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Rose, G. E., Uddin, J., Verity, D. H., Newman, S. P. & Ezra, D. G. (2014), paper presented at the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) conference.
  7. Predictors of Quality of Life (QoL) in patients with thyroid eye disease (TED) seeking orbital decompression surgery. Bristol, UK (2013).
    Description: Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Rose, G. E., Uddin, J., Verity, D. H., Newman, S. P. & Ezra, D. G. (2013), Poster presented at the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) conference.

Other

  1. - Peer Reviewer for PeerJ, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) and British Journal of General Practice.
    - Associate Editor, PRS Global Open

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