Dr Katie Ward

Dr Katie Ward BSc (Hons), PhD

Senior Lecturer In Psychology


I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. I teach across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the department. Much of the focus of my teaching is in Health Psychology and Individual Differences.


Having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Psychology in 2004 I stayed on to undertake a PhD in Health Psychology. After completing my PhD in 2009 I took my first full-time lectureship at the University of Derby. I returned to Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer in the department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics in 2010.

My main research interests are within the area of Health Psychology. More specifically, I am interested in examining the potential psychological and physical health benefits of expressive writing and the moderators of these effects. Other research interests include the role of Individual Differences in the adaptation to chronic illness and internet mediated health interventions.

I am a member of the Applied Health Psychology Research Group at SHU. I am a member of The British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences.

Senior Lecturer


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts

  • BSc Psychology 

  • BSc Psychology
  • MSC Health Psychology

  • Abnormal Psychology;
  • Individual Differences;
  • Cognitive Processes and Individual Differences;
  • Clinical Psychology;
  • Client Groups and Stakeholders;
  • Applications and Practice of Health Psychology.


  • Developing resilience in cancer care;
  • Dark Triad traits and romantic relationships.


Journal articles

Maltby, J., Day, L., Hatcher, R., Tazzyman, S., Flowe, H.D., Palmer, E.J., ... Cutts, K. (2016). Implicit theories of online trolling: evidence that attention-seeking conceptions are associated withincreased psychological resilience. British Journal of Psychology, 107 (3), 448-466. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12154

Conference papers

Cutts, K., & Vine, E. (2012). Writing about infertility: exploring emotional narratives of the infertility experience. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 27, 28-29.

Theses / Dissertations

Cutts, K. (2009). Online written emotional disclosure: Effects on psychological well-being in individuals with infertility. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Arden, M., Hurst, K., & Reidy, J.

Other activities

Postgraduate supervision

Megan Bean

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