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), Dissertation (Level 7), Outdoor spaces health and wellbeing (Level 7), Preparing for a career in teaching and learning (Level 6), Health Psychology (Level 6),  Individual differences (Level 6).
  • 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 health and well-being, stress, gender studies and education.  Current projects include: Implementation of the University Mental health charter, Supporting well-being in Postgraduate students; Reducing assessment stress in university students; Understanding barriers to well-being in combat sports clubs; Promoting gender equality in STEM.

Research supervision

Current Research Students:

  • Alende Amisi - Racialised experiences of students in Higher Education
  • Acacia Begley - Supporting postgraduate student well-being
  • Jim Greer - Encouraging emotional expression in social work supervision
  • Sophie Rae - Wellbeing in Midwifery students



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. 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.

Wilbraham, S. (2011). Relationship between Personality and Cortisol Reactivity to a Naturalistic Acute Stressor. Presentation at BPS Psychobiology Section Meeting, Windermere.

Ould, S. (2010). How can Wikis be used to support group assessment? Presentation at Empowering Students and Staff Conference, University of Cumbria.

Ould, S. (2009). Emotional Intelligence: Protecting Health from Stress. Presentation at BPS Education Section Conference, Preston.