Dr Sophie Homer
Profiles

Dr Sophie Homer

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

Lecturer in Psychology

Qualifications

Following my PhD in Clinical Psychology, I managed a mental health and wellbeing intervention for postgraduate researchers at work. I am now a Lecturer in Psychology.

PhD in Clinical Psychology

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Distinction)

MPsych (Hons) Advanced Psychology – Foundations in Clinical Psychology (First Class)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Teaching) 

Roles on external bodies

Member of the Vitae Mental Health and Wellbeing Working Group

Teaching interests

I enjoy teaching in clinical and applied psychology and research methods. Topics include mental health and wellbeing; classification, diagnosis / formulation, and intervention; mixed-methods research design; and psychometric scale construction and validation.


Research interests

My research interests are in clinical and applied psychology.

I am interested in the role of negative, intrusive mental imagery in psychological diagnoses and its potential as a treatment target.

My PhD research explored the classification and theoretical underpinnings of social anxiety, and its overlap with paranoia.

I also conduct research into mental health and wellbeing, particularly in occupational and educational settings.

I like to take a mixed-methods approach to research, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods to collect and analyse data. Methods I use include interviews, surveys, experiments, and psychometric scale construction and validation.


Grants & contracts

Office for Students / Research England CATALYST funding: £139,000 - March 2018. Peer Support for Postgraduate Research Student Wellbeing.

SMaRteN Student Mental Health Research Network: £10,000 - May 2020. Social Connectedness and Wellbeing in Students. 


Creative practice & artistic projects

Squire, V., Squire, R., & Homer, S. R. (2020). Love Letter. Knowledge Sharing and Exchange in a Pandemic. The Culture Capital Exchange.

https://www.theculturecapitalexchange.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FINAL-Document-V2_-Knowledge-Sharing-and-Exchange-in-a-Pandemic-1.pdf

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Squire V & Homer SR 2020 'Under pressure: Psychological perspectives on letterpress, craft and well-being' Craft Research 11, (1) 97-114 , DOI PEARL
Homer S 2018 'Should Phd Students Teach?' Psychology Teaching Review 24, (2) 77-81 PEARL
Homer SR & Deeprose C 2017 'Eye movement attenuation of intrusive social anxiety imagery: A pilot study' J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 59, 87-91 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Homer SR & Deeprose C 2017 'Voluntary and Involuntary Imagery in Social Anxiety' Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 1-15 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Homer SR, Deeprose C & Andrade J 2015 'Negative mental imagery in public speaking anxiety: Forming cognitive resistance by taxing visuospatial working memory' Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 50, 77-82 , DOI PEARL

Reports & invited lectures

HOMER, S. R. (2019, December). Addressing the mental health crisis in postgraduate research students: A positive and proactive approach. Keynote presentation delivered at the Positive Interactions: Enhancing the Student Experience Event, Glasgow Caledonian University, London. 

HOMER, S. R. (2019, June). Addressing the mental health crisis in postgraduate research students: Can critical pedagogies help? Oral presentation delivered at Exploring Critical Pedagogies for Postgraduate Researchers: A Conversation, University of Derby.

HOMER, S. R. (2019, April). Addressing the mental health crisis in postgraduate researchers: An Office for Students funded peer support initiative. Keynote presentation delivered at the 8th Annual PedRIO Conference, University of Plymouth.


Other academic activities

I am a member of the Plymouth Imagery Research Group and the Plymouth Social Psychology Research Group. 

Links

Interview on BBC Spotlight - Returning to school after the COVID-19 lockdown (September 2020): https://youtu.be/8gdsTNuCa40

Live interview on BBC Radio Cornwall - Returning to school after the COVID-19 lockdown (August 2020): https://youtu.be/ChAolM8FcPE

Interview on BBC Spotlight - Random acts of kindness (March 2020): https://youtu.be/9tmkQFVzvB0?t=103