Sarah Howcutt MA (Oxon.), PGCE (Oxon.), P. Dip. Psy., P. Cert. Res. Psy. MBPSs

PhD Student

Personal Profile

Sarah was awarded a Nigel Groome Studentship in 2015. Her work explores how researchers might motivate young women to take part in research which asks questions about their health behaviours. She is particularly interested in the use of digital technologies to reduce barriers to research participation. Dr. Lesley Smith, Professor Anna Barnett and Dr. Sofia Barbosa Boušas are supervising this work.

Her earlier research involved validation of the AUDIT screening tool in Primary Care. She has also undertaken an audit with Dr. Jane Appleton, Dr. Catherine Powell and Dr. Nick Pike to evaluate NHS staff knowledge and training needs on the subject of child sexual exploitation.

She began her career as a primary school teacher with a special interest in teaching maths and science to children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. In 2010 she managed a centre for families of children and young people with disability.

Research Interests

  • Research recruitment methods
  • Digital technologies in research
  • Alcohol screening
  • Trends in alcohol consumption
  • Child sexual exploitation


Sarah is an associate lecturer in epidemiology and psychology at The Open University. She has previously taught psychology and child development for Aylesbury College and Bucks New University.

Contact Details

Twitter: @SarahHowcutt