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. exploring factors affecting false memories for words and faces, such as mindfulness and sleep. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. 

NEWS:

  • My recent webinar reporting findings from my recent NSMI funded grant on what mothers of teenage girls know and think about HPV and cervical screening is available here: https://youtu.be/LaRThoCURog 
  • I am Associate Editor for the Journal of Cognitive Psychology (September 2017 - date)
  • Research visit to National University of Singapore, University of Sydney and University of Auckland (October 2015 - January 2016)
  • Awarded a Wellcome Small Grant to investigate Vaccinating boys against HPV: the parent perspective (November 2015)
  • Awarded a Santander Research Scholarship to fund a research visit to Australia and New Zealand (June 2015)
  • Extensive media coverage of BMJ paper about cervical cancer in older women (w/c 15th June 2015)
  • Clip from BBC Breakfast News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33130836
  • Nominated for a KeeleSU Student-Led Teaching Award for Best Personal Tutor (May 2015)
  • Nominated for a Keele Teaching Excellence Award (2015)
  • I was elected Chair of the BPS Cognitive Section (2014-2017)
  • I successfully completed the LFHE Aurora Leadership Programme (June 2014)
  • Shortlisted for a KeeleSU Student-Led Teaching Award for Best Personal Tutor (May 2014)
  • As the School's Athena SWAN Champion, I recently led our successful application for a Bronze Departmental Award (October 2013)

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/ 

False memory: My research is concerned with aspects of implicit and explicit memory, particularly in the context of false memory. I investigate the nature and quality of false memories using the Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) paradigm, to address issues such as how false memories can be distinguished from true memories. Most recently I have been focusing on the different types of stimuli that can give rise to false memories such as brand names and famous faces as well as the effect of different mental states such as mindfulness and sleep.

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 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

  • PSY10017 Mechanisms and Principles 1 (lecturer)
  • PSY10019 Aplied Psychology (lecturer)

Year 2

  • PSY20018 Factorial Experimental Designs and ANOVA (lecturer and lab leader)
  • PSY20045 Biological and Cognitive Psychology (module leader and lecturer)

Year 3

  • PSY30123 Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology (module leader and lecturer)
  • PSY30061 Final Year Project

Masters

  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology

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.

 

 

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, vol. 30(1), 10-16. 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, vol. 13(4), e0195801. link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Moss EL, Sherman SM. 2018. HPV primary cervical screening in England: Women's awareness and attitudes. Psychooncology, vol. 27(6), 1559-1564. 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, vol. 350, Article ARTN h2729. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • 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, vol. 111(4), 603-629. link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM and Grange JA. 2020. Exploring the Impact of Mindfulness on False-Memory Susceptibility. Psychol Sci, vol. 31(8), 968-977. 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, vol. 28(3), 107-111. link> 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, vol. 27(1), 40-47. 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, vol. 30(1), 10-16. link> 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, vol. 13(12), e0197648. link> doi> full text>
  • Rowley M, Gilman H, Sherman S. 2018. Investigating the celebrity effect: the influence of well-liked celebrities on adults’ implicit and explicit responses to brands. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. doi> link> 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 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>
  • 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, vol. 13(4), e0195801. link> doi> full text>
  • Patel H, Moss EL, Sherman SM. 2018. HPV primary cervical screening in England: Women's awareness and attitudes. Psychooncology, vol. 27(6), 1559-1564. 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, vol. 101, 60-66. 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, vol. 137(2), 138-144. 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), vol. 39(3), 601-608. 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, vol. 201, 42-45. 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, vol. 36(1), 76-80. 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, vol. 27(4), 237-241. 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, vol. 350, Article ARTN h2729. 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, vol. 3, 54-57.
  • Sherman SM and Lane EL. 2015. Awareness of Risk Factors for Breast, Lung and Cervical Cancer in a UK Student Population. J Cancer Educ, vol. 30(4), 660-663. 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, vol. 4(1), 1-7. link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Moss E, Redman CWE. 2013. The invasive cervical cancer review: psychological issues surrounding disclosure. Cytopathology, vol. 24(2), 77-80. link> doi>
  • Sherman SM and Kennerley J. 2013. The organisation of musical semantic memory: Evidence from false memories for familiar songs. Memory. doi>
  • 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, vol. 119(1), 1-4. link> 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, vol. 2(4), 318-329. doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM and Moran EJ. 2011. Creating False Memories for Brand Names. APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 25(2), 336-340. link> doi>
  • Sherman SM and Jordan TR. 2011. Word-frequency effects in long-term semantic priming and false memory. British Journal of Psychology, vol. 102(3), 559-568. 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, vol. 48(5), 1367-1375. link> doi>
  • Jordan TR, Sherman SM, Patching GR. 2007. Using spatial frequency adaptation to study word recognition. BEHAV RES METHODS, vol. 39(4), 884-891. doi>
  • Jordan, T.R., SHERMAN SM, Tonkin, R.M.. 2007. Constructing isoluminant stimuli for word recognition research: A precautionary study. Behavior Research Methods, vol. 39(3), 494-501. 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, vol. 38(4), 590-597. doi>
  • Sherman S, Smith LE, Sim J, Amlôt R, Cutts M, Dasch H, Rubin GJ, Sevdalis N. 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. full text>
  • Hill E, Nemec M, Marlow L, Sherman SM, Waller J. 2020. Maximising the acceptability of extended time intervals between screens in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme: An online experimental study. J Med Screen, 969141320970591. link> doi> full text>

Other

  • Sherman S, Taylor J, Nailer E, Cohen C, Redman C. Mothers of teenage girls: knowledge and understanding about human papillomavirus and cervical cancer.