Dr Megan Crawford

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

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. 


The effect of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia in people with comorbid insomnia and sleep apnoea : a systematic review and meta‐analysis
Sweetman Alexander, Farrell Seamas, Wallace Douglas M, Crawford Megan
Journal of Sleep Research (2023)
24-hour movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep) association with glycaemic control and psychosocial outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes : a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies
Patience Mhairi, Janssen Xanne, Kirk Alison, McCrory Stephanie, Russell Eilidh, Hodgson William, Crawford Megan
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 20 (2023)
Evaluating the feasibility of delivering a sleep education programme in Secondary Schools
McCrory Stephanie, Crawford Megan, Fleming Leanne
Health Education Journal, pp. 1-14 (2023)
Comorbid insomnia and sleep apnea assessment and management approaches
Sweetman Alexander, Lack Leon, Crawford Megan, Wallace Douglas M
Sleep Medicine Clinics Vol 17, pp. 597-617 (2022)
The impact of medication side effects on adherence and persistence to hormone therapy in breast cancer survivors : a quantitative systematic review
Fleming Leanne, Agnew Sommer, Peddie Nicola, Crawford Megan, Dixon Diane, MacPherson Iain
The Breast Vol 64, pp. 63-84 (2022)
A micro-longitudinal study of naps, sleep disturbance, and headache severity in women with chronic migraine
Ong Jason C, Dawson Spencer C, Taylor Hannah L, Park Margaret, Burgess Helen J, Crawford Megan R, Rains Jeanetta C, Smitherman Todd A, Espie Colin A, Jones Alex L, Wyatt James K
Behavioral Sleep Medicine (2022)

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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. 

Research interests

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. 

Professional activities

Insomnia or Sleep Apnoea- What Came First- Exploring Potential Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Comorbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnea (COMISA)
Irish Research Council Laureate Awards (Event)
Peer reviewer
British Sleep Society Congress
Busting common myths about sleep: how to achieve good sleep health when using a CPAP machine
British Sleep Society (External organisation)
Behavioral Sleep Medicine (Journal)
Editorial board member

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eXcite OSA - developing an adherence support and sleep education programme
Crawford, Megan (Principal Investigator)
Producing an adherence support programme that can be integrated into the eXciteOSA app. eXcite OSA is a new daytime treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea
02-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Digital Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia in Chronic Migraines: Feasibility of a Randomised Controlled Trial
Crawford, Megan (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator)
22-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2024
Non-adherence to hormonal therapy in breast cancer survivors: systematic review and qualitative analysis of the role of sleep disturbance
Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Crawford, Megan (Co-investigator) Dixon, Diane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
Improving sleep of adolescents- The Strathclyde Sleep for ScHools (SSSH) project
Crawford, Megan (Principal Investigator) Boyle, Jim (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator)
17-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021

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