Jenny Porritt

Dr Jenny Porritt BSc (Hons), PG Cert, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol, FHEA

Senior Lecturer


I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 as a lecturer in Psychology. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and I am a registered Health Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council.


I have always had an interest in the Psychology of Health and Illness and therefore after completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2001 I undertook a Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Sussex. I spent the following five years gaining experience of working with a variety of client groups including older adults and people with learning disabilities. Three of these years were spent working within the NHS delivering brief Psychological Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-based interventions to people experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

My interest in the field of health and illness led me to join the University of Sheffield in 2007 to conduct a PhD Research Project investigating the Psychosocial impact of dental injuries in children and families. Whilst studying for my PhD I managed to combine my research activities with independent study towards the stage 2 qualification in Health Psychology. Since completing my PhD in January 2010 I have worked as a researcher for the University of Sheffield on a broad range of projects in the areas of dental anxiety, psychosocial impact of life stressors and health conditions and health service evaluation. 

My specific research interests include: Health Service Evaluation; the Psychosocial impact of Health Conditions, Quality of Life; Healthcare Practitioner-Patient Communication; healthcare satisfaction; and dental anxiety. I am currently working on a research project which aims to develop a self-help CBT-based resource for young people with dental anxiety, which is funded by a Research for Patient Benefit (NIHR) grant.

Senior Lecturer


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts

I am involved in the supervision of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research Projects and I contribute to the following teaching:

  • Academic Development and Personal Tuition;
  • Health Psychology;
  • Research Methods and Statistics;
  • Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology.


Journal articles

Marshman, Z., Rodd, H., Fairhurst, C., Porritt, J., Dawett, B., Day, P., ... Ainsworth, H. (2023). The CALM trial protocol: a randomised controlled trial of a guided self-help cognitive behavioural therapy intervention to reduce dental anxiety in children. Trials, 24 (1).

Kilby, L., Porritt, J., Labinjo, T.O., & Machaka, R. (2022). What am I doing in a place like this?: Understanding imposter phenomenon amongst postgraduate students from minoritised racial backgrounds. QMiP Bulletin, (34), 6-21.

Porritt, J.M., Morgan, A., Rodd, H., Gilchrist, F., Baker, S.R., Newton, T., & Marshman, Z. (2021). A Short Form of the Children’s Experiences of Dental Anxiety Measure (CEDAM): Validation and Evaluation of the CEDAM-8. Dentistry Journal, 9 (6).

Martin, R., Arden, M., Porritt, J., Wildman, M., & Naughton, F. (2020). Investigating the Temporal Relationships between Symptoms and Nebuliser Adherence in People with Cystic Fibrosis: A Series of N-of-1 Observations. Healthcare, 8 (1), e22.

Rodd, H., Timms, L., Noble, F., Bux, S., Porritt, J., & Marshman, Z. (2019). ‘Message to dentist’: Facilitating communication with dentally anxious children. Dentistry journal, 7 (3), e69.

Bux, S., Porritt, J., & Marshman, Z. (2019). Evaluation of Self-Help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children’s Dental Anxiety in General Dental Practice. Dentistry journal, 7 (2), e36.

Rodd, H., Kirby, J., Duffy, E., Porritt, J., Annie, M., Suneeta, P., ... Marshman, Z. (2018). Children’s experiences following a CBT intervention to reduce dental anxiety: one year on. British Dental Journal, 225 (3), 247-251.

Porritt, J., Morgan, A., Rodd, H., Gupta, E., Gilchrist, F., Baker, S., ... Marshman, Z. (2017). Development and evaluation of the children’s experiences of dental anxiety measure. International Journal Of Paediatric Dentistry, 28 (2), 140-151.

Porritt, J., Rodd, H., Morgan, A., Williams, C., Gupta, E., Kirby, J., ... Marshman, Z. (2016). Development and testing of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy resource for children's dental anxiety. JDR Clinical and Translational Research, 2 (1), 23-37.

Porritt, J., Sufi, F., & Baker, S. (2016). Utilising daily diaries to examine oral health experiences associated with dentine hypersensitivity. BMC Oral Health, 16, 97.

Morgan, A.G., Rodd, H.D., Porritt, J., Baker, S., Creswell, C., Newton, T., ... Marshman, Z. (2016). Children’s experiences of dental anxiety. International Journal Of Paediatric Dentistry, 27 (2), 87-97.

Porritt, J., Jones, K., & Marshman, Z. (2016). Service evaluation of a nurse-led dental anxiety management service for adult patients. British Dental Journal, 220, 515-520.

Marshman, Z., Morgan, A., Porritt, J., Gupta, E., Baker, S., Creswell, C., ... Rodd, H. (2016). Protocol for a feasibility study of a self-help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy resource for the reduction of dental anxiety in young people. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2, 13.

Porritt, J., Rodd, H.D., & Baker, S.R. (2014). Childhood dental injuries: a resiliency model of adaptation. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 25 (4), 267-281.

Pavitt, S.H., Baxter, P.D., Brunton, P.A., Douglas, G., Edlin, R., Gibson, B.J., ... Hulme, C. (2014). The INCENTIVE protocol: an evaluation of the organisation and delivery of NHS dental healthcare to patients--innovation in the commissioning of primary dental care service delivery and organisation in the UK. BMJ Open, 4 (9), e005931.

Porritt, J., Sufi, F., Barlow, A., & Baker, S.R. (2013). The role of illness beliefs and coping in the adjustment to dentine hypersensitivity. Journal Of Clinical Periodontology, 41 (1), 60-69.

Porritt, J., Buchanan, H., Hall, M., Gilchrist, F., & Marshman, Z. (2013). Assessing children's dental anxiety: a systematic review of current measures. Community Dentistry And Oral Epidemiology, 41 (2), 130-142.

Porritt, J., Rodd, H., & Baker, S. (2013). Parental quality of life impacts following children's dento-alveolar trauma. Dental Traumatology, 29 (2), 92-98.

Rodd, H., Marshman, Z., Porritt, J., Bradbury, J., & Baker, S. (2012). Psychosocial predictors of children's oral health-related quality of life during transition to secondary school. Quality of Life Research, 21 (4), 707-716.

Porritt, J., Marshman, Z., & Rodd, H. (2012). Understanding children's dental anxiety and psychological approaches to its reduction. International Journal Of Paediatric Dentistry, 22 (6), 397-405.

Porritt, J., Baker, S., & Marshman, Z. (2012). A service evaluation of patient pathways and care experiences of dentally anxious adult patients. Community Dental Health, 29 (3), 198-202.

Marshman, Z., Porritt, J., Dyer, T., Wyborn, C., Godson, J., & Baker, S. (2012). What influences the use of dental services by adults in the UK? Community Dentistry And Oral Epidemiology, 40 (4), 306-314.

Harris, J., Bradbury, J., Porritt, J., Nilchian, F., & Franklin, C. (2011). NHS dental professionals' evaluation of a child protection learning resource. British Dental Journal, 210 (2), 75-79.

Porritt, J., Rodd, H., & Baker, S. (2011). Quality of life impacts following childhood dento-alveolar trauma. Dental Traumatology, 27 (1), 2-9.

Rodd, H.D., Marshman, Z., Porritt, J., Bradbury, J., & Baker, S.R. (2011). Oral health related quality of life of children in relation to dental appearance and educational transition. British Dental Journal, 211, E4.

Book chapters

Morgan, A., & Porritt, J. (2017). Background and prevalence of dental fear and anxiety. In Campbell, C. (Ed.) Dental fear and anxiety in pediatric patients : practical strategies to help children cope. (pp. 3-19). Cham: Springer:

Porritt, J.M., Sufi, F., Barlow, A.P.S., & Baker, S.R. (2015). The role of illness beliefs and coping in the adjustment to dentine hypersensitivity. In Dentine Hypersensitivity. (pp. 203-221). Elsevier:


Kilby, L., Porritt, J., Labinjo, T., & Machaka, R. (2021). Understanding and addressing Imposterism amongst postgraduate students from minoritised racial backgrounds.

Other activities

I review for several international medical and dentistry journals (e.g. Dental Traumatology, Quality of Life Research, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry and International Journal of Medical Sciences). I also carry out consultancy and I am a member of the British Psychological Society.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Health Psychologist. I am also a BPS registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS). 

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