Dr Sophie Homer

Dr Sophie Homer

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)


Lecturer in Psychology


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) 

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.

Key publications are highlighted

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, 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.