Sarah Wigham

Theme: Mental Health

My background

I am a Senior Research Fellow at Newcastle University. I have an academic background in psychology and I completed Occupational Therapy clinical training at Salford University. I completed a PhD at Lancaster University and this work was located in a specialist autism and learning disability mental health service in the North East. Prior to my PhD I worked clinically as an occupational therapist in a multi-disciplinary team in adult community and acute inpatient mental health in the North West. Since completing my PhD I have worked at Newcastle University on a number of research studies focussing on autism and learning disabilities.

I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

My areas of work

My work focuses on psychological trauma and the effects of cumulative adverse life events. I am interested in how the effects of traumatic life events are conceptualised and how the effects might be measured; this can inform the development of outcome measures which can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for trauma-related mental health conditions. My current work focuses on autism and learning disabilities.

Areas of interest

  • Complex Trauma
  • Stigma
  • Outcome measures
  • Autism and learning disability
  • Effects of adverse life events

Recent publications

Wigham, S., McKinnon, I., Reid, K., Milton, D., Lingam, R., & Rodgers, J. (2021). Questionnaires used in complex trauma intervention evaluations and consideration of their utility for autistic adults with mild intellectual disability: A systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities117, 104039. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.104039

Wigham, S., Hatton, C., & Taylor, J. L. (2021). Short report and initial evaluation of the factor structure of the Lancaster and Northgate Trauma Scales (LANTS). Research in Developmental Disabilities112, 103914. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.103914

Wigham, S. (2022). Commentary on “Brief report on six clinical cases of trauma in families who have children and adults who have a learning disability and/or are autistic”. Tizard Learning Disability Review, (ahead-of-print).

Wigham, S., Ingham, B., Le Couteur, A., Wilson, C., Ensum, I., & Parr, J. R. (2022). A survey of autistic adults, relatives and clinical teams in the United Kingdom: and Delphi process consensus statements on optimal autism diagnostic assessment for adults. Autism, 13623613211073020. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211073020

Wigham, S., Ingham, B., Le Couteur, A., Wilson, C., Ensum, I., & Parr, J. R. (2022). Consensus statements on optimal adult post-autism diagnosis support and services: Delphi process following a UK survey of autistic adults, relatives and clinicians. Autism, 13623613221097502. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613221097502

Get in touch

Email:  sarah.wigham@ncl.ac.uk
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7722-9108