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

Senior Lecturer


Summary

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.

About

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

Teaching

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

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.

Publications

Journal articles

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). http://doi.org/10.3390/dj9060071

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. http://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8010022

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. http://doi.org/10.3390/dj7030069

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. http://doi.org/10.3390/dj7020036

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. http://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.540

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.12315

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. http://doi.org/10.1177/2380084416673798

Porritt, J., Sufi, F., & Baker, S. (2016). Utilising daily diaries to examine oral health experiences associated with dentine hypersensitivity. BMC Oral Health, 16, 97. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-016-0286-9

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.12238

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. http://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.375

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. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-016-0054-2

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.12139

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. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005931

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/jcpe.12177

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0528.2012.00740.x

Porritt, J., Rodd, H., & Baker, S. (2013). Parental quality of life impacts following children's dento-alveolar trauma. Dental Traumatology, 29 (2), 92-98. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-9657.2012.01151.x

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. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-011-9967-7

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-263X.2011.01208.x

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. http://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_2761Porritt05

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0528.2012.00675.x

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. http://www.nature.com.eresources.shef.ac.uk/bdj/journal/v210/n2/full/sj.bdj.2011.3.html

Porritt, J., Rodd, H., & Baker, S. (2011). Quality of life impacts following childhood dento-alveolar trauma. Dental Traumatology, 27 (1), 2-9. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-9657.2010.00943.x

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. http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v211/n2/full/sj.bdj.2011.574.html

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: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48729-8_1

Porritt, J.M., Sufi, F., Barlow, A.P.S., & Baker, S.R. (2014). The role of illness beliefs and coping in the adjustment to dentine hypersensitivity. In Dentine Hypersensitivity: Developing a Person-centred Approach to Oral Health. (pp. 204-221). http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801631-2.00014-2

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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