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Dr Sadie Lawes-Wickwar

Visiting Lecturer in Health Psychology

School of Health Sciences, Division of Health Services Research and Management

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Contact

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

Sadie is a Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sadie is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Visiting Lecturer at City.

Sadie completed her BSc (Hons) Psychology at University of Portsmouth, MSc Health Psychology at King’s College London and University College London, and her PhD Health Psychology at City in 2015. Sadie also completed her Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology (QHP) through the BPS alongside her PhD. Sadie has worked in a number of research and teaching roles at City including as Research Assistant, PhD Candidate, Research Fellow and also Module Lead for MSc Health Psychology and a supervisor for student research projects.

Over six years during her PhD and postdoctoral research Sadie was an Honorary Research Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she investigated the psychosocial impact of chronic eye conditions, patients' expectations and beliefs about their treatment, and led a trial of a new patient-initiated treatment service for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.

Sadie later worked as Public Health Analyst across two London boroughs where she evaluated local public health services and health behaviour campaigns and advised commissioners, practitioners and local healthcare teams in research design and community engagement. Sadie now works an independent research consultant supporting organisations in understanding the experiences of patients and the public of their health and healthcare services.

Qualifications

  1. PhD Health Psychology, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Oct 2011 – Dec 2014
  2. MSc Health Psychology, King's College London, United Kingdom, Oct 2009 – Oct 2010
  3. BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Oct 2004 – Jul 2007

Postgraduate training

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, City, University of London, London, United Kingdom, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016
  2. Qualification in Health Psychology, British Psychological Society, London, United Kingdom, May 2013 – Jun 2016

Employment

  1. Public Health Analyst, Islington Council, Nov 2017 – Nov 2018
  2. Visiting Lecturer, City, University of London, Oct 2016 – present
  3. Research Fellow, City, University of London, Apr 2015 – Nov 2017
  4. PhD Candidate, City, University London, Sep 2011 – Apr 2015
  5. Research Assistant, City University London, London, Jan – May 2011

Fellowships

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

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  2. Registered Health Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  3. Member, Division of Health Psychology (BPS)
  4. Member, Behavioural Science & Public Health Network

Awards

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

Research

Research Overview

Sadie has worked in a variety of applied and academic health services research roles over 12 years using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Sadie's research has involved understanding patients' perceptions and expectations of their health and treatment, and evaluating health services and public health interventions.

As Research Fellow at City Sadie led a RCT of a new patient-initiated treatment service for adults with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm. Later Sadie worked as Public Health Analyst leading a qualitative and community engagement team and undertaking service evaluations. Sadie also advised commissioners, public health practitioners and local healthcare teams in research design, including using qualitative methods and designing mixed methods evaluations. Sadie now works in research consultancy in industry, academic, and public health settings.

Research Interests

- Psychosocial adjustment in long-term conditions
- Ophthalmology
- Movement disorders
- Appearance-altering conditions
- Surgical treatment & expectations
- Patient-centered healthcare
- Public health

Publications

Journal articles (13)

  1. Murta, F.R., Waxman, J., Skilton, A., Wickwar, S., Bonstein, K., Cable, R. … Ezra, D.G. (2019). The first UK national blepharospasm patient and public involvement day; identifying priorities. Orbit (London). doi:10.1080/01676830.2019.1657469.
  2. Lawes-Wickwar, S., McBain, H. and Mulligan, K. (2018). Application and Effectiveness of Telehealth to Support Severe Mental Illness Management: Systematic Review. JMIR Mental Health, 5(4). doi:10.2196/mental.8816.
  3. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Edmunds, M.R., Ezra, D.G., Rose, G.E. and Newman, S.P. (2018). Patients’ expectations for the functional and psychosocial outcomes of orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease: a qualitative study. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 23(4), pp. 475–484. doi:10.1080/13548506.2017.1356930.
  4. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Newman, S.P., Hirani, S.P., Hurt, C., Dunlop, N. … 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.
  5. Jenkinson, E. and Wickwar, S. (2016). Patient expectations of surgery outcomes for appearance-altering eye conditions. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 5(4).
  6. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Newman, S.P., Hirani, S.P., Hurt, C., Dunlop, N. … 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Wickwar, S., Buerkle, K., McBain, H., Ciciriello, S., Osborne, R.H., Wedderburn, L.R. … 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.
  12. Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Hirani, S., Hurt, C., Dunlop, N., Solly, D. … Ezra, D. What beliefs do adults with periocular facial dystonias hold about their condition and its treatment? .
  13. Lawes-Wickwar, S., McBain, H., Hirani, S., Hurt, C., Dunlop, N., Solly, D. … Ezra, D. Which factors impact on quality of life for adults with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm? Orbit.

Practitioner article

  1. (2020). Working in public health as health psychologists: Challenges, solutions and opportunities. Health Psychology Update, pp. 5–10

Education

Teaching

Undergraduate:
HS1001 - BSc Mental Health Nursing - Engaging in Practice (PPD) (2015-2017)

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 2016-17)
DPsych (Health) - Placement Coordinator & Lecture on Health Psychology Consultancy
MSc Health Psychology - Visiting Lecturer

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

Research supervision

Regina Tavengwa - MSc Advanced Nursing Practice 2017
Clare Kasza - MSc Health Policy 2017
Emily Robson - Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (completed 2018)

Other Activities

Editorial activity

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

Events/conferences (14)

  1. Health Inequalities Research Network Conference 2018. (Conference) London, UK (2018).
    Paper: How are Health and Wellbeing Referral Hubs in the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden Delivered and What are the Experiences of Staff and Local Residents?
    Author: Lawes-Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: Argyropulos, E.; Sandford, I.; Choi, M.; Davies, B.; Taylor-Pauli, Z.; Hogarth, S.; Heer-Matiana, B.
  2. BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. (Conference) Newcastle, UK (2018). Session/Day Chair and Organising Committee.
    Paper: The impact of facial dystonia on quality of life and factors determining quality of life
    Author: Lawes-Wickwar, S
    Co-authors: McBain, H; Hirani, S. P.; Hurt, C.; Dunlop, N.; Solly, D.; Crampton, B.; Newman, S. P; Ezra, D.G.
  3. UK Society for Behavioual Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting. (Conference) Liverpool (2017).
    Paper: The illness and treatment beliefs of adults with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm receiving botulinum toxin treatment
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Hurt, C.; Dunlop, N.; Newman, S.; Ezra, D.
  4. UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting. (Conference) Liverpool (2017).
    Paper: What is the impact of blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm on quality of life and which factors determine quality of life?
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Hurt, C.; Dunlop, N.; Newman, S.; Ezra, D.
  5. BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. (Conference) Cardiff (2017).
    Paper: The use and effectiveness of technology to support the management of severe mental illness: A systematic review
    Author: Wickwar, S
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Mulligan, K.
  6. European Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) Annual Meeting. (Conference) Athens (2016).
    Paper: What are the psychosocial & clinical outcomes of orbital decompression for thyroid eye disease and which factors predict change in quality of life?
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.; Ezra, D.
    Description: Poster presented at the 35th meeting of the European Society for Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  7. Appearance Matters 7. (Conference) London (2016).
    Paper: The impact of orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease on quality of life
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S., Ezra, D.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.
    Description: Paper presented at Appearance Matters 7, Royal College of Surgeons, London
  8. BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference. (Conference) London (2015).
    Paper: Impact of orbital decompression surgery on quality of life in thyroid eye disease
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Rose, G.; Ezra, D.; Newman, S.
    Description: Paper presented at BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015
  9. Oculoplastic Allied Health Professional Study Day. (Conference) (2015).
    Paper: A patient-initiated botulinum toxin treatment model for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm
    Author: Wickwar, S.
  10. School of Health Sciences Annual Doctoral Research Conference. (Conference) City University London (2014).
    Paper: What is the impact of treatment on psychosocial outcomes for thyroid eye disease (TED)? A systematic review
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Ezra, D.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.
    Description: Paper presented at Annual Doctoral Research Conference, School of Health Sciences, City University London
  11. European Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) Annual Meeting. (Conference) Budapest, Hungary (2014).
    Paper: Patients' expectations of orbital decompression surgery for thyroid eye disease: Are they being met?
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Ezra, D.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.
    Description: Paper presented European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) conference.
  12. Appearance Matters 6. (Conference) Bristol, UK (2014).
    Paper: What factors predict quality of life in patients with thyroid eye disease seeking orbital decompression surgery?
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain. H.; Hirani, S.; Ezra, D.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.
    Description: Paper presented at Appearance Matters 6, Centre for Appearance Research.
  13. British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) Annual Meeting. (Conference) Liverpool, UK (2014).
    Paper: Appearance concern and social avoidance in patients with thyroid eye disease
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Ezra, D.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.
    Description: Paper presented at the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) conference.
  14. British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) Annual Meeting. (Conference) Bristol, UK (2013).
    Paper: Predictors of Quality of Life (QoL) in patients with thyroid eye disease (TED) seeking orbital decompression surgery
    Author: Wickwar, S.
    Co-authors: McBain, H.; Hirani, S.; Ezra, D.; Rose, G.; Newman, S.
    Description: Poster presented at the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) conference.