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.
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.
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.
- 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
More professional activities
- 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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