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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.
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Digital Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia in Chronic Migraines: Feasibility of a Randomised Controlled Trial
22/09/21 → 21/09/24
A micro-longitudinal study of naps, sleep disturbance, and headache severity in women with chronic migraineOng, J. C., Dawson, S. C., Taylor, H. L., Park, M., Burgess, H. J., Crawford, M. R., Rains, J. C., Smitherman, T. A., Espie, C. A., Jones, A. L. & Wyatt, J. K., 23 Mar 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
A randomized controlled trial of CBT-I and PAP for obstructive sleep apnea and comorbid insomnia: effects on nocturnal sleep and daytime performanceTu, A. Y., Crawford, M. R., Dawson, S. C., Fogg, L. F., Turner, A. D., Wyatt, J. K., Crisostomo, M. I., Chhangani, B. S., Kushida, C. A., Edinger, J. D., Abbott, S. M., Malkani, R. G., Attarian, H. P., Zee, P. C. & Ong, J. C., 1 Mar 2022, In: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 18, 3, p. 789-800 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
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
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