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Sally Pears

Dr Sally Pears - Research Associate

Sally graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2002 with a first class BSc (hons) degree in Psychology and was awarded her PhD in Psychology by the same institution in 2006.  She then went on to complete an MSc in Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University in 2008.

She has extensive experience conducting research in the field of cognitive neuroscience as well as experience researching the cognitive and emotional processes operating during episodes of food craving. From 2008-2011 she worked in the Bangor University Food and Activity Research Unit, where she was involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of Food Dudes - a school-based healthy eating intervention based on psychological principles of behaviour change.

Sally joined the General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit in December 2011 as a Research Associate on a large scale NIHR funded randomised controlled trial that seeks to develop and evaluate brief interventions for physical activity that can be delivered in Primary Care settings (VBI project). Her role is to develop and pilot physical activity intervention protocols, training manuals and intervention materials and test the feasibility, acceptability and potential efficacy of the most promising interventions.


  • Pears SL, Jackson MC, Bertenshaw EJ, Horne PJ, Lowe CF and Erjavec M (in prep). Validation of Food Diaries as Measures of Dietary Behavior Change. Appetite.
  • Pears SL, Jackson MC, Bertenshaw EJ, Horne PJ and Lowe CF (in prep). Introduction of home-based Family Support Materials to a school-based healthy eating intervention (the Food Dudes Programme) increases provision and consumption of vegetables in school-children’s lunchboxes. EJCN.
  • Andrade J, Pears S L, May J and Kavanagh D (in prep). Use of a plasticine modeling task to reduce chocolate craving. Appetite.
  • Parkinson A, Plukaard S, Pears SL, Newport R, Dijkerman C, Jackson SR (2011). Modulation of somatosensory perception by motor intention. Cognitive Neuroscience 2(1): 47-56.
  • Jackson S, Parkinson A, Pears SL and Nam S-H (2011). Effects of motor intention on the perception of somatosensory events: A behavioural and fmri study. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 64(5): 839-854.
  • Pears SL, Jackson SR. (2004). Cognitive Neuroscience: Vision and touch are constant companions. Current Biol 14(9): 349-350. 



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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2012 11:10  

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