Biography

I joined the School in September 2005 having been a lecturer at the University of Sheffield (Department of Human Communication Sciences) and the University of Kent (Psychology Department). I have a multidisciplinary background (BSc (Hons) in Computational Linguistics, MA in Psycholinguistics, PhD in Cognitive Psychology). I have two current areas of research: 1. exploring barriers and facilitators to engagement with cervical screening and HPV vaccination with a focus on knowledge and attitudes, and 2. factors affecting vaccine decision making, with a current focus on COVID-19 vaccination in addition to HPV vaccination. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. 

Research and scholarship

Cervical cancer and HPV: I am interested in the psychological impact of issues surrounding cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV). I am also interested in the public awareness of and understanding about HPV which causes a range of cancers. I have recently had funding from the North Staffordshire Medical Institute to explore the psychological distress caused to women with cervical cancer by discovering that their smear history included a misread smear. Most recently I have received funding from the Wellcome Trust to explore issues around the male HPV vaccination. For further information on my HPV and cervical screening research please visit: https://www.keele.ac.uk/hpv-vac/ 

Factors affecting vaccine decision making: I am increasingly interested in the psych-social processes involved in vaccine decision making process for other vaccines in addition to HPV vaccination. A current focus is on COVID-19 vaccination. I am also planning work around metacognitive factors. 

Supervising projects: I would be happy to hear from undergraduate or postgraduate students who might be interested in exploring one of the topics listed above.

I am also a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), the Psychonomic Society and the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC). 

Teaching

I am committed to my teaching practice and to supporting students and in 2012, 2013, 2015. 2017, 2018 students nominated me for a Teaching Excellence Award. In 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 I was nominated for a Student-Led Teaching Award. In 2007 I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and in 2013 I successfully applied to become a Senior Fellow (SFHEA). 

I am presented in the Palgrave Macmillan 'Psychology and me' series on Youtube and talk about my background, research and psychology in general.  The video is referenced in the following book:

  • Schacter, D., Gilber, D., Wegner, D. & Hood, B. (2015) Psychology,Second European Edition. Palgrave Macmillan.

I use a wide range of teaching and assessment methods and contribute to a variety of modules including:

Year 1

  • PSY10019 Applied Psychology (lecturer)

Year 3

  • PSY30077 Health Psychology (module leader and lecturer)
  • PSY30061 Final Year Project

Masters

  • PSY40039 Advanced Research Skills & Design (lecturer)
  • PSY-40037 Contemporary Research in Psychology
  • PSY-40038 MSc Research Apprenticeship

I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Psychology and Health Inequalities which is recruiting students for a September 2021 start.

In addition to formal teaching activities, I am also keen to give students hands-on research experience and I have received two grants to facilitate this:

  • 2011 - British Psychological Society, £1600 to support Katie Wright-Bevans to investigate ‘False Memories for Television Adverts’. (1 of 10 awards across the UK)
  • 2008 - Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary URB/35596, £1400 to support Emily Moran to investigate ‘False Memory for Brand Names’.

If any current 2nd year students would be interested in such an opportunity, do get in touch to discuss your ideas.

As well as teaching at Keele, I was also lucky enough to spend time teaching at Umea University in Sweden as a Visting Fellow in May 2012.

Further information

Roles

  • Faculty Research Integrity Lead
  • REF Impact Lead
  • MSc Psychology of Health Inequalities Programme Lead
  • Postgraduate Research Lead
  • Research Group Leader (Health and Well-being Research Group)

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Sherman SM, Cohen CR, Denison HJ, Bromhead C, Patel H. 2020. A survey of knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among healthcare professionals across the UK. Eur J Public Health, 10-16, vol. 30(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM and Nailer E. 2018. Attitudes towards and knowledge about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV vaccination in parents of teenage boys in the UK. PLoS One, e0195801, vol. 13(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Moss EL, Sherman SM. 2018. HPV primary cervical screening in England: Women's awareness and attitudes. Psychooncology, 1559-1564, vol. 27(6). link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Jeve YB, Sherman SM, Moss EL. 2016. Knowledge of human papillomavirus and the human papillomavirus vaccine in European adolescents: a systematic review. Sexually transmitted infections. doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Castanon A, Moss E, Redman CWE. 2015. Cervical cancer is not just a young woman's disease. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, Article ARTN h2729, vol. 350. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Alzubaidi H, Samorinha C, Saddik B, Saidawi W, Abduelkarem AR, Abu-Gharbieh E, Sherman SM. 2021. A mixed-methods study to assess COVID-19 vaccination acceptability among university students in the United Arab Emirates. Hum Vaccin Immunother, 1-9. link> doi> full text>
  • Bromhead C, Wihongi H, Sherman S, Crengle S, Grant J, Martin G, Maxwell A, McPherson G, Puloka A, Reid S, Scott N, Bartholomew K. Human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling among never- and under-screened indigenous Māori, Pacific and Asian women in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Feasibility Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. full text>
  • Sherman SM, Sim J, Amlôt R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin GJ, Sevdalis N, Smith LE. 2021. Intention to have the seasonal influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic among eligible adults in the UK: a cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open, e049369, vol. 11(7). link> doi> full text>
  • Bartholomew K, Lawton B, Sherman SM, Bromhead C, Grant J, McPherson G, Maxwell A, Saville M, Crengle S, Scott N. 2021. Recommendations for implementing HPV self-testing in Aotearoa. N Z Med J, 11-16, vol. 134(1535). link> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Smith L, Sim J, Amlôt R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin J, Sevdalis N. 2020. COVID-19 vaccination intention in the UK: Results from the COVID-19 Vaccination Acceptability Study (CoVAccS), a nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, 1-10. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Smith LE, Sim J, Amlôt R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin GJ, Sevdalis N. 2021. COVID-19 vaccination intention in the UK: results from the COVID-19 vaccination acceptability study (CoVAccS), a nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Hum Vaccin Immunother, 1612-1621, vol. 17(6). link> doi> full text>
  • Hill E, Nemec M, Marlow L, Sherman SM, Waller J. 2021. Maximising the acceptability of extended time intervals between screens in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme: An online experimental study. J Med Screen, 333-340, vol. 28(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman S, Sim J, Amlôt R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin J, Sevdalis N, Smith L. 2021. Intention to have the seasonal influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic among eligible adults in the UK. BMJ Open, Article e049369, vol. 11. link> doi> link> full text>
  • O'Connor DB, Aggleton JP, Chakrabarti B, Cooper CL, Creswell C, Dunsmuir S, Fiske ST, Gathercole S, Gough B, Ireland JL, Jones MV, Jowett A, Kagan C, Karanika-Murray M, Kaye LK, Kumari V, Lewandowsky S, Lightman S, Malpass D, Meins E, Morgan BP, Morrison Coulthard LJ, Reicher SD, Schacter DL, Sherman SM, Simms V, Williams A, Wykes T, Armitage CJ. 2020. Research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: A call to action for psychological science. Br J Psychol, 603-629, vol. 111(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM and Grange JA. 2020. Exploring the Impact of Mindfulness on False-Memory Susceptibility. Psychol Sci, 968-977, vol. 31(8). link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Sherman SM, Pčolkina K, Strazdiņa K, Viberga I, Redman CW, Zodzika J, Rezeberga D, Moss EL. 2019. Barriers and motivators for uptake of cervical cancer prevention strategies in Eastern Europe: the perspective from Latvia. Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Pannonica Adriat, 107-111, vol. 28(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Sherman SM, Tincello D, Moss EL. 2020. Awareness of and attitudes towards cervical cancer prevention among migrant Eastern European women in England. J Med Screen, 40-47, vol. 27(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman S, Patel H, MOSS E, Tincello D. 2019. THE IMPACT OF MIGRATION ON THE AWARENESS OF AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION IN EASTERN EUROPEAN WOMEN IN ENGLAND. Journal of Medical Screening. full text>
  • Sherman SM, Cohen CR, Denison HJ, Bromhead C, Patel H. 2020. A survey of knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among healthcare professionals across the UK. Eur J Public Health, 10-16, vol. 30(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman S, Bartholomew K, Denison H, Patel H, Moss E, Douwes J, Bromhead C. 2018. Knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among health professionals in New Zealand. doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Bartholomew K, Denison HJ, Patel H, Moss EL, Douwes J, Bromhead C. 2018. Knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among health professionals in New Zealand. PLoS One, e0197648, vol. 13(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Rowley M, Gilman H, Sherman SM. 2019. Investigating the Celebrity Effect: The Influence of Well-Liked Celebrities on Adults' Explicit and Implicit Attitudes to Brands and Brand Choice. PSYCHOLOGY OF POPULAR MEDIA, 402-409, vol. 8(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Rowley MG, Gilman H, Sherman S. 2018. Investigating the celebrity effect: the influence of well-liked celebrities on adults' explicit and implicit attitudes to brands and brand choice. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM and Nailer E. 2018. Attitudes towards and knowledge about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV vaccination in parents of teenage boys in the UK. PLoS One, e0195801, vol. 13(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Moss EL, Sherman SM. 2018. HPV primary cervical screening in England: Women's awareness and attitudes. Psychooncology, 1559-1564, vol. 27(6). link> doi> full text>
  • Hope KA, Moss E, Redman CWE, Sherman SM. 2017. Psycho-social influences upon older women's decision to attend cervical screening: A review of current evidence. Prev Med, 60-66, vol. 101. link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Pčolkina K, Strazdina K, Viberga I, Sherman SM, Tincello DG, Redman CW, Rezeberga D, Moss EL. 2017. Awareness of HPV infection and attitudes toward HPV vaccination among Latvian adolescents. Int J Gynaecol Obstet, 138-144, vol. 137(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Austin-Smith K, Sherman SM, Tincello D, Moss EL. 2017. Knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus amongst primary care practice nurses: an evaluation of current training in England. J Public Health (Oxf), 601-608, vol. 39(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Moss EL, Pearmain P, Redman CWE. 2016. Colposcopists' experiences of HPV Test of Cure for the follow up of cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol, 42-45, vol. 201. link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Jeve YB, Sherman SM, Moss EL. 2016. Knowledge of human papillomavirus and the human papillomavirus vaccine in European adolescents: a systematic review. Sexually transmitted infections. doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Patel H, Cohen C, Moss E. 2015. Human papillomavirus. Nursing in Practice. link>
  • Sherman SM, Nailer E, Minshall C, Coombes R, Cooper J, Redman CW. 2015. Awareness and knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer in female students: A survey (with a cautionary note). Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 76-80, vol. 36(1). doi> link> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Nailer E, Pearmain P, Todd RW, Redman CWE. 2016. Disclosing the results of the invasive cervical cancer review to patients: a survey of lead colposcopists across England. Cytopathology, 237-241, vol. 27(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Castanon A, Moss E, Redman CWE. 2015. Cervical cancer is not just a young woman's disease. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, Article ARTN h2729, vol. 350. link> doi> full text>
  • Szkornik L, Beardmore R, Boylan J, Hider S, Hunter SM, Montana-Williams K, Morgan C, Sherman S, Watts J. 2015. The Aurora Women's Leadership Programme: reflections from the inaugural Keele cohort. Journal of Academic Development and Education, 54-57, vol. 3.
  • Sherman SM and Lane EL. 2015. Awareness of Risk Factors for Breast, Lung and Cervical Cancer in a UK Student Population. J Cancer Educ, 660-663, vol. 30(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Follows H, Mushore ABR, Hampson-Jones K, Wright-Bevans K. 2015. Television advertisements create false memories for competitor brands. JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN MEMORY AND COGNITION, 1-7, vol. 4(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Moss E, Redman CWE. 2013. The invasive cervical cancer review: psychological issues surrounding disclosure. Cytopathology, 77-80, vol. 24(2). link> doi>
  • Sherman SM and Kennerley J. 2013. The organisation of musical semantic memory: Evidence from false memories for familiar songs. Memory. doi>
  • Edelstyn N, Shepherd TA, Mayes AR, Sherman SM, Ellis SJ. 2011. Effects of L-Dopa and Dopamine D2 Agonists on Recollection and Familiarity in Idiopathic Nondementing Parkinson’s Disease. Neuroscience and Medicine, 318-329, vol. 2(4). doi> full text>
  • Moss E, Sherman SM, Pearmain P, Redman CWE. 2012. The NHS cervical screening programme audit of invasive cervical cancers: who benefits?. BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, 1-4, vol. 119(1). link> doi>
  • Sherman SM and Moran EJ. 2011. Creating False Memories for Brand Names. APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, 336-340, vol. 25(2). link> doi>
  • Sherman SM and Jordan TR. 2011. Word-frequency effects in long-term semantic priming and false memory. British Journal of Psychology, 559-568, vol. 102(3). link> doi>
  • Edelstyn NMJ, Shepherd TA, Mayes AR, Sherman SM, Ellis SJ. 2010. Effect of disease severity and dopaminergic medication on recollection and familiarity in patients with idiopathic nondementing Parkinson's. Neuropsychologia, 1367-1375, vol. 48(5). link> doi>
  • Jordan TR, Sherman SM, Patching GR. 2007. Using spatial frequency adaptation to study word recognition. BEHAV RES METHODS, 884-891, vol. 39(4). doi>
  • Jordan, T.R., SHERMAN SM, Tonkin, R.M.. 2007. Constructing isoluminant stimuli for word recognition research: A precautionary study. Behavior Research Methods, 494-501, vol. 39(3). doi>
  • Smith-Spark, J.H., Valentine, T., Moore, V., SHERMAN SM. 2006. Stimulus generation, ratings, phoneme counts, and group classifications for 696 famous people by British adults aged over 40 years. Behaviour Research Methods, 590-597, vol. 38(4). doi>
  • Sherman SM, Sim J, Cutts M, Dasch H, Amlôt R, Rubin GJ, Sevdalis N, Smith LE. COVID-19 vaccination acceptability in the UK at the start of the vaccination programme: a nationally representative cross-sectional survey (CoVAccS – wave 2). doi>

Other

  • Sherman S, Taylor J, Nailer E, Cohen C, Redman C. Mothers of teenage girls: knowledge and understanding about human papillomavirus and cervical cancer.
  • Sherman S. [5.9] 'Cervical cancer can affect all women, not just the young'. link> full text>
  • Sherman S. [5.9] 'Cervical cancer can affect all women, not just the young'. link> full text>
  • Sherman S. [5.9] BBC Radio 4 -Womens hour interview. link> full text>
  • Sherman S. [5.9] BBC Radio 4 -Womens hour interview. link> full text>