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Professor Sarah Dean

Professor of Psychology Applied to Rehabilitation and Health

Kath Maguire

My research interests include applying psychology to rehabilitation medicine, such as goal-setting and facilitating adherence to exercise therapy, for a number of different chronic conditions including stroke, low back pain and urinary incontinence.

I use qualitative and mixed methods approaches for my research. A recently published textbook captures much of my approach to rehabilitation research and teaching; I was the lead editor for the book and contributed as author to five of the seven chapters: Dean, S.G., Siegert, R.J. & Taylor, W.J. (editors). (2012) Interprofessional Rehabilitation: a person-centred approach. Wiley Blackwell: Oxford.

As part of my PenARC role I am also the academic lead for the peninsula wide Making Sense of Evidence workshops. These one-day workshops are open to clinicians, NHS staff, applied health researchers as well as patients and members of the public who are involved with PenARC.

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Contact by phone
01392 722984

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Rehabilitation Medicine, Health Psychology, Physiotherapy


APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy


Group Singing for Aphasia


Musculoskeletal pain and treatment choice: an exploration of illness perceptions and choices of conventional or complementary therapies

The association between health care professional attitudes and beliefs and the attitudes and beliefs, clinical management, and outcomes of patients with low back pain: a systematic review

Utility of the RT3 triaxial accelerometer in free living: an investigation of adherence and data loss

Rural workers' experience of low back pain: exploring why they continue to work

Leaving a spinal unit and returning to the wider community: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Navigating patient-centered goal setting in inpatient stroke rehabilitation: how clinicians control the process to meet perceived professional responsibilities

'It's a double edged sword': a qualitative analysis of the experiences of exercise amongst people with Bipolar Disorder

Interprofessional Rehabilitation: a person-centred approach

Can clinical Pilates decrease pain and improve function in people complaining of non-specific chronic low back pain? A pilot study

Goal setting and activities to enhance goal pursuit for adults with acquired disabilities participating in rehabilitation

An indigenous approach to explore health-related experiences among M

Survival, momentum, and things that make me ‘‘me’’: patients’ perceptions of goal setting after stroke

Intervention fidelity: developing an experience-based model for rehabilitation research

Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: protocol of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain)

Home-based cardiac rehabilitation for people with heart failure: A systematic review and meta-analysis

The enduring impact of what we say to people with low back pain

Independently Getting Off the floor: a feasibility study of teaching people with stroke to get up after a fall

Psychological consequences of false-positive screening mammograms in the UK

Creating Change that Counts: Evidence-led Co-creation as a Pathway to Impact

The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), a novel school-based intervention to prevent obesity in school children: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Informing the design of a randomised controlled trial of an exercise-based programme for long term stroke survivors: lessons from a before-and-after case series study

Synthesising practice guidelines for the development of community-based exercise programmes after stroke

A systematic review of measures of self-reported adherence to unsupervised home-based rehabilitation exercise programmes, and their psychometric properties

Clinical practitioner’s attitudes towards use of routine outcome monitoring within child and adolescent mental health services: a qualitative study of two Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Fear avoidance beliefs, held by occupational therapists, are associated with treatment recommendations

Acute low back pain management in general practice: uncertainty and conflicting certainties

Creating psychological connections between intervention recipients: Development and focus group evaluation of a group singing session for people with aphasia

Goal setting and strategies to enhance goal pursuit for adults with acquired disability participating in rehabilitation

Detailed statistical analysis plan for a cluster randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), a novel school-based intervention to prevent obesity in school children

Opportunities, challenges and concerns for the implementation and uptake of pelvic floor muscle assessment and exercises during the childbearing years: Protocol for a Critical Interpretive Synthesis

Implementing pelvic floor muscle training in women's childbearing years: A critical interpretive synthesis of individual, professional, and service issues

Trial baseline characteristics of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-located obesity prevention programme; the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) trial

Cluster randomised controlled trial and economic and process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a novel intervention [Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)] to prevent obesity in school children

Effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) to prevent obesity in UK primary-school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Children’s compliance with wrist-worn accelerometry within a cluster-randomized controlled trial: Findings from The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)

Effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) to prevent obesity in UK primary-school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) to prevent obesity in UK primary-school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Motivators for uptake and maintenance of exercise: perceptions of long-term stroke survivors and implications for design of exercise programmes

Psychological consequences of false-positive screening

Are we over estimating physical activity prevalence in children?

Assessing the impact of upper limb impairment following stroke: a qualitative enquiry using internet-based personal accounts of stroke survivors

"Are you doing your pelvic floor?"  An ethnographic exploration of the interaction between women and midwives about pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME) during pregnancy

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