Dr Sarah Masefield joined the Department of Health Sciences as a Research Associate in perinatal mental health and health inequalities in 2021, moving from the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) in the Department of Politics where she conducted research on the politics of healthcare in Malawi (Thanzi la Onse project).
Sarah completed her PhD in 2019 using quantitative methods to explore the health and healthcare use of mothers of young disabled children. During which she founded the peer-led project ‘How to Thrive and Survive in your PhD’ at the University of York and worked on a secondary data project for the IGDC to identify the extent to which secondary analysis of NGO data has been used in health policy and systems research.
Prior to her PhD, Sarah worked as a specialist in patient and public engagement and health experience research for the European Lung Foundation/European Respiratory Society, and as an independent living assessor for the City of York Council. She is a Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist, with experience working in physical and mental health, adult and paediatic settings in the UK and Uganda.
Sarah’s research interests include health inequalities, perinatal mental health, caregiver health and child disability, patient and public involvement, and healthcare systems in low income countries. She has a special interest in student (particularly postgraduate) mental health and wellbeing.
Sarah is currently working across research projects on perinatal mental health and health inequalities in the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub and Yorkshire and Humber Applied Health Collaboration (YHARC).
She previously worked on the Thanzi la Onse project.