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)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Teaching)
Roles on external bodies
Member of the Vitae Mental Health and Wellbeing Working Group
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.
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.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
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.
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