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I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health in 2019 after studying and working in Wales, USA, and Australia.
I consider myself a sleep researcher and have a particular interest in the treatment of chronic sleep problems such as insomnia and sleep apnoea.
My research focuses on optimising psychological treatments for sleep disorders. In my research, I have focused on optimisation through measuring and improving treatment adherence, improving access to treatments and ensuring that the treatment is generalisable to a number of different groups.
My work on treatment adherence started during my PhD, and since then I have developed a theoretical model to explain adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for sleep apnoea. The model focused on the synergy between psychological, biological and social factors.
Improving access to treatment is particularly relevant for individuals experiencing insomnia since the treatment of choice (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is not readily accessible. As a consequence, digital interventions have been developed to improve access. I recently evaluated one of these interventions as a potential treatment for sleep problems in chronic migraineurs.
This study also nicely dovetailed into my third research interest which is ensuring that treatment is generalisable to other groups. So far I have evaluated CBT in individuals with migraines and also individuals with sleep apnoea. This research has demonstrated that we can treat insomnia when it co-occurs in the context of other conditions.
Expertise & Capabilities
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
I currently teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Psychological Sciences.
I am class lead for the MSc Health Psychology Related To Medical Conditions.
I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years
Digital Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia in Chronic Migraines: Feasibility of a Randomised Controlled Trial
22/09/21 → 21/09/24
1/10/20 → 30/09/25
Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated
Steinmetz, L., Simon, L., Feige, B., Riemann, D., Akram, U., Crawford, M. R., Johann, A. F. & Spiegelhalder, K., Dec 2023, In: Journal of Sleep Research. 32, 6, e13975.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
The effect of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia in people with comorbid insomnia and sleep apnoea: a systematic review and meta‐analysisSweetman, A., Farrell, S., Wallace, D. M. & Crawford, M., Dec 2023, In: Journal of Sleep Research. 32, 6, 24 p., e13847.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Insomnia or Sleep Apnoea- What Came First- Exploring Potential Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Comorbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnea (COMISA)
Megan Crawford (Speaker)15 Jan 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk