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Dr Sarah Bennett is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Healthcare Research at Coventry University. Her current role, funded by the Prudence Trust and led by Professor Lucy Yardley, focuses on co-creating and evaluating an online support program for sleep problems in young people. Sarah's research interests include self-management of long-term musculoskeletal conditions, co-creation and behaviour change techniques.

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology (2011), Sarah completed a masters with merit in Health Psychology at the University of Bath (2013). Her PhD (University of the West of England, 2020) explored the psychosocial impact of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, heritable disorders of connective tissue that can cause chronic muscle and joint pain.

In addition to her research, Sarah is elected Chair of the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) Knowledge Translation Subcommittee. Sarah is a member of the School of Psychological Science Behavioural Interventions Group (BIG) and the University of Bristol Disabled Staff Forum.

External positions

Member, UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

6 Feb 2024 → …

Member, British Society for Rheumatology

1 Apr 2023 → …

Chair, Knowledge Translation Subcommittee, European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology

1 Jun 20221 Jun 2025

Member (UK), Paediatric Rheumatology European Society

1 Jan 2022 → …

International Affiliate, American Psychological Association

1 Jul 2020 → …

Member of the Health Professionals in Rheumatology (HPR) Committee, European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology

1 Jun 2019 → …

Member, Study Group for Patient Education (STOPE), European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology

1 Jun 2019 → …

Member of the Division of Health Psychology, The British Psychological Society

1 Jul 2011 → …

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