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Current responsibilities:

  • Programme Leader MSc Psychology pathways & MSc Environment health and wellbeing
  • BSc, MSc and PhD Supervisor
  • Module leader for: Organisations and the Environment (Level 7), Environmental Psychology (Level 7), Research Skills and Methods (Level 7), Outdoor spaces, health and wellbeing (Level 7)
  • Healthy University Network Lead for University of Cumbria
  • TUC Health Advocate for University of Cumbria, with the Better health at work scheme.
  • Athena Swan rep for Institute of Health.
  • Schwartz Round facilitator

Qualifications and memberships

  • Awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017)
  • PhD in Psychology: Emotional Intelligence: Stress and Health - from University of Central Lancashire (2011)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education - from University of Cumbria (2009)
  • Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Toolkit - from University of Central Lancashire (2008)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology: First Class - from University of Central Lancashire (2005)

Academic and research interests

I am interested in a range of topics within public health and well-being, stress, gender studies and education.  Current projects include: Implementation of the University Mental health charter; Identifying best practice in university mental health strategies; Supporting well-being in Postgraduate students; Understanding the impact of the physical environment at university.  I am committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in all my work.

Research supervision

Current Research Students:

  • Alende Amisi - Racialised experiences of students in Higher Education
  • Jim Greer - Encouraging emotional expression in social work supervision
  • Sophie Ray - Wellbeing in Midwifery students



  • Roscoe, J., Taylor, J., Harrington, R., & Wilbraham, S. (2022). CBT supervision behind closed doors: Supervisor and supervisee reflections on their expectations and use of clinical supervision. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 22 (4), 1056 - 1067 DOI: 10.1002/capr.12572 

  • Priestly, M., Hall., A., Wilbraham, S. J., Mistry, V., Hughes, G. & Spanner, L. (2022). Student Perceptions and Proposals for Promoting Wellbeing Through Social Relationships at University. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 46 (9), 1243-1256, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2022.2061844  

  • Brewster, L., Jones, E., Priestley, M., Wilbraham, S. J.,  Spanner, L. & Hughes, G. (2021). ‘Look after the staff and they would look after the students’ cultures of wellbeing and mental health in the university setting. Journal of Further and Higher Education 46 (4), 548-56 DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2021.1986473 
  • Jones, E., Priestley, M., Brewster, L., Wilbraham, S. J., Hughes, G., & Spanner, L. (2020). Student wellbeing and assessment in higher education: the balancing act. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 1-13.
  • Wilbraham, S. & Caldwell, E. (2018). Children’s books are adding to science’s gender problem.  The Conversation.  Retrieved from
  • Wilbraham, S. J., Qualter, P., & Roy, M. P. (2018). Emotional intelligence and cortisol responses: Can laboratory findings be replicated in classrooms and using other EI measures?. Personality and Individual Differences, 120, 58-64.
  • Caldwell, E. F., & Wilbraham, S. J. (2018). Hairdressing in space: Depiction of gender in science books for children. Journal of Science & Popular Culture, 1(2), 101-118.
  • Weighell, J. & Wilbraham, S. (2016) E-Cigarettes in pregnancy: Reducing or introducing harm? Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Science, 2 (2), 134-154

Conferences (by date):

  • Wilbraham, S. J & Scott, J. (2019). Understanding and reducing student stress within assessment practice.  Presentation at Advance HE annual conference, Northumbria University.
  • Wilbraham, S., Elliott, D. & Miller, P.K. (2019). Reproducing “culture” as a barrier to individual and collective change: the case of rapid weight loss practices in combat sports. Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2019, 10-11 July 2019, Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, Manchester, UK
  • Wilbraham, S. J. (2018). Weight cutting in combat sports: A qualitative exploration of barriers to intervention. Presentation at British Psychological Society Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference, Hilton Belfast.
  • Caldwell, E. F. & Wilbraham, S. J. (2018). Meeting gender in space: visual imagery in children’s science books.  Presentation at EASST2018: Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society together, Lancaster University, UK.
  • Wilbraham, S. J. & Caldwell, E. F. (2018). Gender and imagery in children’s science books. Presentation at Cumbria Research & Innovation Conference, University of Cumbria.
  • Wilbraham, S. (2017). Using student self-evaluation of group work to promote fairness and personal responsibility. Presentation at Learning and Teaching Fest Conference, University of Cumbria.
  • Nobel-Grey, G. & Wilbraham, S. (2017). The third space: framing student learning beyond face to face. Presentation at Learning and Teaching Fest Conference, University of Cumbria.
  • Wilbraham, S. (2016b). Researching under glass: Sharing the process of writing a review paper. Presentation at Learning and Teaching Fest Conference, University of Cumbria.
  • Wilbraham, S (2016a). Weight cutting in combat sports: Writing a review paper. Presentation at Psychology Student Conference, University of Cumbria.