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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:

Integrated Foundation Year for Psychology: FDN002
Stage 1: PSY122 Genes to Mind
Stage 2: PSY267 Cradle to Grave

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.


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.

Dent, E., Davinson, N., & Wilkie, S. (2021). The impact of gastrointestinal conditions on psychosocial factors associated with the biopsychosocial model of health: A scoping review. Applied Psychology: Health & Well-Being 14(2). 626-644.

  • Gut-brain communication

Last updated 06 December 2022