Dr Lindsay Dewa holds a BA in Psychology and Criminology and two MScs, one in Psychological Research Methods and one in Forensic Psychology. Lindsay's PhD focused on insomnia in men and women prisoners in England. Studies included in her PhD examined the prevalence of poor sleep quality and insomnia disorder, associated factors and the management of insomnia in a prison population. She successfully produced a treatment pathway for insomnia in prison that satisfied prisoner-patients, prison and healthcare staff and academic sleep researcher's perspectives, and is now testing this in one high secure prison, as part of the Health Foundation Innovating for Improvement grant.
Lindsay currently works as a research associate at the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and project manages two projects examining patient safety in mental health. Lindsay has established a patient and public involvement group of seven young people with experience of mental health conditions to be part of the projects as co-researchers (including carrying out data analysis). She has designed and led a new training programme to teach young people with experience of mental health conditions to collect and analyse the data for one of her current projects.
Lindsay's current research interests focus on bringing the sleep and safety fields together. She has over 10 years research experience that spans across public health, psychology and forensic mental health.
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et al., 2016, A systematic review of patient safety in mental health: a protocol based on the inpatient setting., Syst Rev, Vol:5
et al., 2015, Prevalence, associated factors and management of insomnia in prison populations: An integrative review, Sleep Medicine Reviews, Vol:24, ISSN:1087-0792, Pages:13-27