Sian Davies

School of Psychology

I am currently studying a fully funded PhD scholarship investigating fear of childbirth as part of the psychology and health subdivision of the Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour groups.

I am a recent graduate of the University of Liverpool where I undertook my BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Research Methods in Psychology. During this time, I gained a wealth of experience through research internships, voluntary work with the NSPCC, and a research assistant role for The University of Manchester. My work at the University of Liverpool focused on maternal and infant health, with my undergraduate dissertation project exploring the relationship between maternal-infant bonding, infant temperament and maternal mental health being presented at the 39th annual conference for the Society for Reproductive Infant Psychology.

During my MSc, I worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Women's Mental Health at The University of Manchester preparing and managing a feasibility RCT trial of a digital mental health intervention. As part of my MSc dissertation project, I developed and validated a short-form research tool of The Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale (Fallon et., 2016).

My research interests include, perinatal mental health, perinatal anxiety, birth experience, tokophobia, maternal-infant bonding, infant temperament, feeding and sleep. As a result of my MSc project I have also developed an interest in psychometric tools to assess maternal and infant health.

Degrees

2020, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MSc Research Methods in Psychology
2019, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD

Academic appointments

Honorary Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2019 - present
Research Assistant, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, 2019 - 2020

Highlighted publications

Davies SM, Silverio SA, Christiansen P, Fallon V. 2021. Maternal-infant bonding and perceptions of infant temperament: The mediating role of maternal mental health JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, 282 :1323-1329 DOI Author Url

Journal article

Fallon V, Davies SM, Christiansen P, Harrold JA, Silverio SA. 2022. The Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale: Confirmatory factor analyses and relationships with birth experience Archives of Women's Mental Health, 25 :655-665 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Davies SM, Sriskandarajah S, Staneva AS, Boulton HCM, Roberts C, Shaw SH, Silverio SA. 2022. Factors influencing ‘burn-out’ in newly qualified counsellors and psychotherapists: A cross-cultural, critical review of the literature Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 22 :64-73 DOI

Davies SM, Jardine J, Gutridge K, Bernard Z, Park S, Dawson T, Abel KM, Whelan P. 2021. Preventive Digital Mental Health for Children in Primary Schools: Acceptability and Feasibility Study JMIR Formative Research, 5 :e30668 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Davies SM, Christiansen P, Harrold JA, Silverio SA, Fallon V. 2021. Creation and validation of the Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale Research Short-Form (PSAS-RSF) Archives of Women's Mental Health, 24 :957-969 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Davies SM, Silverio SA, Christiansen P, Fallon V. 2021. Maternal-infant bonding and perceptions of infant temperament: The mediating role of maternal mental health JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, 282 :1323-1329 DOI Author Url

Fallon V, Davies SM, Silverio SA, Jackson L, De Pascalis L, Harrold JA. 2021. Psychosocial experiences of postnatal women during the COVID-19 pandemic. A UK-wide study of prevalence rates and risk factors for clinically relevant depression and anxiety JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH, 136 :157-166 DOI Author Url

Silverio SA, Davies SM, Christiansen P, Aparicio-García ME, Bramante A, Chen P, Costas-Ramón N, de Weerth C, Della Vedova AM, Infante Gil L, Lustermans H, Wendland J, Xu J, Halford JCG, Harrold JA, Fallon V. 2021. A validation of the Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale 12-item research short-form for use during global crises with five translations. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 21 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Davies SM, Jardine J, Gutridge K, Bernard Z, Park S, Dawson T, Abel KM, Whelan P. Preventive Digital Mental Health for Children in Primary Schools: Acceptability and Feasibility Study (Preprint) DOI

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