I am currently working as a research fellow with Professor Caroline Scarles to examine the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s engagement with nature. Using qualitative methods, we will be exploring whether, and if so how, the natural world played an important role in helping people to cope with the strains of lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our study is part of a larger project that is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UKRI response to COVID-19; the overall project is led by Dr Birgitta Gatersleben and is being conducted in collaboration with Natural England.
In 2019, I completed a PhD in Health Psychology (including Stage 2 health psychology training), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. My doctoral research explored antimicrobial stewardship in UK livestock farming from a One Health perspective, using both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate the concept of antimicrobial stewardship amongst farm veterinarians, farmers, and veterinary students. During my Stage 2 health psychology training, I was involved in projects exploring diverse topics including breastfeeding, stress and wellbeing in emergency call handlers, and organ donation interventions. I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Affiliations and memberships
In the media
My research interests are focused on issues of public health, health inequalities, health-environment interactions, and sustainability (both in health systems and in wider human endeavours). My passions lie in applied health research and I enjoy working on projects that involve collaborations with colleagues from outside academia, as well as academic colleagues from other disciplines. I am currently employed by both the University of Surrey and the University of Winchester as a postdoctoral researcher on a number of collaborative projects.
University of Surrey:
Nature engagement and wellbeing pre-, during, and post-COVID-19: Supporting the UK (Green) Recovery. Project Team: Dr Birgitta Gatersleben, Dr Kayleigh Wyles, Dr Emma White, Professor Caroline Scarles, Dr Sarah Golding, Dr Tracy Xu, Mr George Murrell. Project Partners: Natural England. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Mixed-methods exploration of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s engagement with nature and the effects on wellbeing.
Investigating the impact of misophonia (aversion to sounds) on quality of life and wellbeing. Project Team: Dr Bridget Dibb, Mr Tom Dozier, Dr Sarah Golding. Project Partners: The Misophonia Institute. Funded by The University of Surrey. Development and validation of misophonia severity scale, followed by longitudinal survey to examine the impact of misophonia on quality of life.
University of Winchester:
Experiences of volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Project Team: Dr Debra Gray, Dr Sarah Golding. Project Partners: Hampshire County Council, Community First. Qualitative exploration of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on experiences of and motivations for volunteering in the local community.
Understanding the treatment decisions of older men living with lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign enlargement of the prostate. Project Team: Dr Margaret Husted, Dr Debra Gray, Mr Richard Hindley, Dr Sarah Golding. Project Partners: Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Funded by Boston Scientific. Qualitative exploration of factors influencing men’s decision making for different surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
Throughout my doctoral programme I was a graduate teaching assistant for the School of Psychology, and demonstrated in lectures and workshops across different modules, and at different undergraduate levels.
I also perodically guest lecture across the University, with lectures including ‘tuberculosis’, 'infectious diseases', and ‘health inequalities’ (MSc Health Psychology,) 'qualitative research methods' (BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science), and 'psychology and tourism' (MSc International Tourism Management).
Dibb, B., Golding, S. E., & Dozier, T. H. (2021). The development and validation of the Misophonia Response Scale. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 149, 110587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2021.110587
Golding, S. E., Ogden, J., & Higgins, H. M. (2021). Examining the effect of context, beliefs, and values on UK farm veterinarians’ antimicrobial prescribing: A randomized experimental vignette and cross-sectional survey. Antibiotics, 10, 445. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10040445
Golding, S. E., Ogden, J., & Higgins, H. M. (In Press). ‘Ideal’ versus ‘real-world’: Application of vignettes to investigate antibiotic prescribing decisions by farm vets. Cattle Practice. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/uz5mb
Golding, S. E., Bondaronek, P., Bunten, A., Porter, L., Maynard, V., Rennie, D., … Chadborn, T. (2021). Interventions to change purchasing behaviour in supermarkets: A systematic review and intervention content analysis. Health Psychology Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2021.1911670
Russell, P. S., Smith, D. M., Birtel, M. D., Hart, K. H., & Golding, S. E. (2021). The role of emotions and injunctive norms in breastfeeding: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2021.1893783
Golding, S. E., Ogden, J., & Higgins, H. M. (2019). Shared goals, different barriers: A qualitative study of UK veterinarians’ and farmers’ beliefs about antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2019.00132
Shaw, K., Golding, S. E., Knight, J., Chadborn, T., Dempster, L., Finistrella, V., … Dempster, L. (2019). A unique approach to the development of infection prevention and control resources for front-line health care workers. Infection Prevention in Practice, 1(1), 100004. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infpip.2019.100004
Golding, S. E., Gatersleben, B., & Cropley, M. (2018). An experimental exploration of the effects of exposure to images of nature on rumination. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(2), 300. http://doi.org/10.3390/IJERPH15020300
Golding, S. E., Horsfield, C., Davies, A., Egan, B., Jones, M., Raleigh, M., … Cropley, M. (2017). Exploring the psychological health of emergency dispatch centre operatives: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. PeerJ, 5, e3735. http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3735
Golding, S. E., & Cropley, M. (2017). Effects of community-based interventions on rates of organ donor registration: a systematic narrative review. Progress in Transplantation, 27(3), 295–308. http://doi.org/10.1177/1526924817715461
Higgins, H. M., Golding, S. E., Mouncey, J., Nanjiani, I., & Cook, A. J. C. (2017). Understanding veterinarians’ prescribing decisions on antibiotic dry cow therapy. Journal of Dairy Science, 100(4), 2909–2916. http://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2016-11923
Other Articles & Reports
White, E. V., Gatersleben, B., Wyles, K. J., Murrell, G., Golding, S. E., Scarles, C., & Xu, S. (2021). Gardens and wellbeing during the first UK COVID-19 lockdown (Research Report No. 1, July-2021). Retrieved from https://bit.ly/people-nature-pandemic
Gatersleben, B., Scarles, C., Wyles, K. J., Xu, S., Golding, S. E., White, E. V., & Murrell, G. (2021). Nature engagement and wellbeing pre-, during, and post COVID-19: Supporting the UK (green) recovery. Progress report July 2021. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/people-nature-pandemic
Gatersleben, B., Scarles, C., Wyles, K. J., Xu, S., Golding, S. E., White, E. V., & Murrell, G. (2021). Nature engagement and wellbeing pre-, during and post COVID-19: Supporting the UK (green) recovery. Progress report January 2021. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/people-nature-pandemic
Gatersleben, B., Scarles, C., Wyles, K. J., Xu, S., Golding, S. E., White, E. V., … Willis, C. (2020). People and nature in a pandemic: Interactive online event Dec 2020. Workshop Report. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/people-nature-pandemic
Weber, C., Golding, S. E., Ratcliffe, E., Yarker, J., Lewis, R., & Munir, F. (2020). Homeworking during COVID-19 lockdown: Relationships between the physical and social environments at home, work-related burnout, and musculoskeletal pain. Health Psychology Update, 29(Special Issue), 55–56. Retrieved from https://shop.bps.org.uk/health-psychology-update-vol-29-special-issue-2020
Golding, S. E. (2020). “Celebrating Health Psychology” webinar: Event review and reflections. Health Psychology Update. 29(Special Issue), 19–20. Retrieved from https://shop.bps.org.uk/health-psychology-update-vol-29-special-issue-2020
Golding, S. E. (2020). Coronavirus and other pathogens: Reflecting on the relationship between health psychology and infectious disease. Health Psychology Update, 29(Autumn), 3–6. Retrieved from https://psyarxiv.com/f432m
Golding, S. E. (2017). Applying health psychology to a public health threat: encouraging the responsible use of antibiotics. Health Psychology in Public Health Network Newsletter.
Golding, S. E., Wylie, B., & Reaves, D. (2015). Event Review: “Psychology4Students & Psychology4Graduates 2014.” Health Psychology Update, 24(2), 60–61
Rhodes, E., Lambert, H., Rodham, K., & Golding, S. E. (2015). Tackling the antibiotics problem. The Psychologist, 28(12), 960. Retrieved from https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/championing-responsible-antibiotic-use
Golding, S. E. (2014). Conference review: “Psychological Perspectives on Health & Wellbeing.” Open University Psychological Society (OUPS) Newsletter.
Guest Blogs & Media Articles
White, E. V., & Golding, S. E. (2021). Five ways to use your garden to support your wellbeing. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/five-ways-to-use-your-garden-to-support-your-wellbeing-165841
Golding, S. E., Ollis, L., Cogdell-Brooke, L., & Lynden, J. (2019). Navigating the PhD Journey: Building career and personal development into your route. Surrey Researchers’ Blog. Available here
Golding, S. E. (2018). A change is as good as a rest! My experience of an RCUK internship. Surrey Researchers’ Blog. Available here
Golding, S. E. (2017). No, I don’t do the psychology of cows: Reflections on applying health psychology to veterinary medicine. Division of Health Psychology. Available here
Systematic Review Registrations
Russell, S., Smith, D., Hart, K., Birtel, M., & Golding, S. E. (2018). A systematic review of the impact of moral norms and affect on breastfeeding [registration]. PROSPERO, CRD42018112720
Golding, S. E., Bunten, A., Chadborn, T., Alamoudi, S., Ellis, D., & Maynard, V. (2017). Drivers of food and drink purchasing behaviour in supermarkets: a systematic review and behavioural analysis [registration]. PROSPERO, CRD42017071065
Cockle, S., Golding, S. E., Marks, L., & Ogden, J. (2015). The impact of psychological coping on psychological outcomes (quality of life and wellbeing) in people with cancer: A systematic review [registration]. PROSPERO, CRD42015026607.
Cropley, M., Jones, M., Horsfield, C., Start, K., Egan, M., Raleigh, M., Quinn, T., Golding, S. E., Squires, A., Davies, A. (2014). Exploring the psychological health of emergency dispatch centre operatives: A systematic review [registration]. PROSPERO, CRD42014010806.
Cropley, M., & Golding, S. E. (2014). Effects of community-based interventions on rates of registration for posthumous solid organ donation: A systematic review [registration]. PROSPERO, CRD42014012975
In 2018, I contributed to two policy-facing documents about antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial usage:
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. (2018). Reducing UK antibiotic use in animals. Available here
Health and Social Care Committee's Inquiry on Antimicrobial Resistance. (11-09-2018). Written evidence to the inquiry from the Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance. Available here