Dr Sarah Tonkin-Crine

PhD, CPsychol

As a Health Psychologist my research focuses on how people understand health and illness and how people behave in relation to health. My main area of research is in antibiotic resistance and is focused on promoting more prudent antibiotic prescribing in primary care. I am interested in changing the behaviour of patients, so that they consume fewer antibiotics, and the behaviour of clinicians, so that fewer antibiotics are prescribed. I am currently the Health Psychologist for the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Healthcare Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance based in Oxford.

I am a general executive member of the SAPC committee and as an early career researcher and non-clinical member have an interest in ECR activities and PHoCuS. I am a PHoCuS champion and am currently one of a small team who focus on social media as a way to link PHoCuS members across SAPC. In addition I am chair of the SAPC Special Interest Group on Behaviour Change.



Articles on this site

11 Jul 2017

There are several of us who are trained psychologists working in primary care departments, across the UK and beyond, however this may not always be apparent. Psychologists run the risk of going unnoticed as a discipline if our roles don’t require us to provide specific psychology input and/or if our job titles don’t identify us as psychologists (e.g. holding generic titles such as research fellow). We need to identify ourselves and the skills we can offer for both ourselves and academic primary care to thrive.

14 Nov 2016

The Behaviour Change Special Interest group held their first network and training day in October 2016 with a workshop focused on the Person-Based Approach to developing behaviour change interventions in primary care. The workshop was kindly hosted by the University of Southampton with support from the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP) and the Academic Unit of Primary Care and Population Sciences (PCPS).