Skip to main content

Staff Profile

Sarah O'Rourke

PhD Student

Kath Maguire

I began a PenARC funded PhD studentship in October 2019 looking at implementing Functional Imagery Training (FIT) into healthcare settings. FIT is an intervention that trains patients to use imagery to support long term goal attainment. It has been used with many patient populations, however this PhD is focusing on weight management. To support the implementation of FIT a series of mixed method studies, working with healthcare professionals and patients, will be undertaken. Furthermore the theoretical underpinning of implementation science will be drawn upon to support the process of using FIT in healthcare settings.

I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a first class degree in Applied Psychology, I then worked within the mental health sector before completing a masters in Social work in 2017. During my undergraduate degree I undertook a placement year within a neuro-cognitive research group working on novel assessment tools for older adults with a neurodegenerative disorder. 

Email me

Contact by phone

Employed by
University of Plymouth

Areas of expertise
Adult health, applied psychology

Upcoming Events


Search Advice Clinic for Systematic...

South Cloisters 2.17, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

***We regret that this clinic is now fully booked: please visit our web page to choose an...
More information


PPI Advice Clinic

South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinics Held every month 30 minutes between 12pm-1pm Whatever your query, from finding...
More information



Groundbreaking scheme to support evidence-based policing launches

08 January 2020

Following on from the success of previous training programmes, our operational research team, PenCHORD, are...
Read more

PenARC researcher wins prestigious £200,000 Fellowship

17 December 2019

A healthcare researcher has secured a prestigious Post-Doctoral fellowship after a highly competitive selection process....
Read more

Fully-funded PhD studentship opportunity: Cluster randomised trials methodology

02 December 2019

PenARC are pleased to invite, in partnership with The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine...
Read more