Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

PhD Researcher
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Room 3.13, Tom Reilly Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
Liverpool
L3 3AF

Email: s********@2010.ljmu.ac.uk


I joined Liverpool John Moores University in 2010, starting my career path with a BSc in Psychology and Biology.  This was followed by MSc in Health Psychology. Most recently starting a PhD Studentship, within LJMU, investigating altered sensory profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorders, with Dr D. Moore, Professor F. McGlone and Dr H. Poole.

The aim of the PhD project, is to quantify sensory profiles of individuals with ASD using established psychophysical sensory testing; Quantitative Sensory Testing.  Furthermore, it investigates pain in the clinical setting, in order to establish any behavioural expression responses to pain.  Finally, in coding these expressions, we hope to establish specific set of ASD pain related behaviours.

My research interests relate to understanding the pathobiology of pain and the assessment of pain in vulnerable populations, including individuals with substance misuse and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).   I have a keen interest in driving research that will inform practice and treatment of those who suffer from mental health conditions.

Additionally, I am experienced in the field of addiction and mental health, having worked at various community detox centres.  This work included the delivery of biopsychosocial interventions and mulitdiciplinary working.  Skilled in motivational interviewing techniques and person centred care.  I am passionate about assisting individuals improve their quality of life to the standard defined by the individual.   As part of my role, I assited in developing a befriending project, that provided support to those accessing mental health services.  This project trained volunteers in supoprt techniques, in order for them to attend key appointments with other vulnerable service users.

Thesis projects:

MSc: “Establishing Pain and Sensation Thresholds in Recovering Alcoholics: A Quantitative Sensory Testing Approach”. A between groups experimental protocol, comparing recovering alcoholics to a social drinkers control group.

BSc: “The Effects of A Confidence Training Course on Sustaining Recovery” Establishing the possible effects of self-efficacy and emotional intelligence on relapse levels, after attendance on a national confidence training course.

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