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Dr Elizabeth Dent

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Lecturer in Psychology

I have a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Sunderland. I also completed my PhD here which explored the psychosocial impact of gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach modules across Psychology:

  • Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year: FDN002
  • PSY122 Genes to Mind
  • PSY267 Cradle to Grave: Integrated Perspectives on Development
  • PSYM65 Cradle to Grave: Stability and Change

    I am also Programme Leader for Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year.

Research interests for potential research students

Gut-brain communication: I am interested in the bi-directional communication between the gastrointestinal system and the brain. Broadly, my interests include investigating associations between gastrointestinal health and mental health conditions, wellbeing outcomes, interpersonal relationships and coping. I'm also keen to explore the potential influence of gastrointestinal health on emotion recognition.

Psychosocial impact of chronic health conditions: More broadly, I am interested in the psychosocial experiences of individuals living with chronic health conditions- how their interpersonal relationships are affected, which coping strategies they employ, and whether they have experienced stigmatisation.


I am primarily interested in health and wellbeing. 

My PhD was concerned with how, and why, gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease impact psychosocial factors such as subjective wellbeing and social relationships/support. The experiences of individuals with these conditions were explored using a mixed methods approach.


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Dent, Elizabeth, Davinson, Nicola and Wilkie, Stephanie (2021) The impact of gastrointestinal conditions on psychosocial factors associated with the biopsychosocial model of health: A scoping review. Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing, 14 (2). pp. 626-644. ISSN 1758-0854

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  • Gut-brain communication

Last updated 31 May 2024