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Umair Akram

Dr Umair Akram PhD

Lecturer in Psychology

Summary

My research examines how people with insomnia perceive their own and other people's faces in relation to tiredness. I am also interested in the relationship between personality and insomnia.


  • About

    I completed my PhD in 2016 with the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research group at Northumbria University. Following, I worked as a research assistant with the PAcT lab at Northumbria University, whilst also teaching part time. Specifically, leading the module in Sleep & Circadian Rhythms.

    Lecturer

    • Sleep Medicine;
    • Personality;
    • Mood Disorders;
    • Cognitive Bias.


  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Development and Society

    Psychology Modules


    Psychology


    BSc (Hons) Psychology


    Psychology Modules


  • Research

    • Psychology Research Group
  • Publications

    Akram, U (2017). Sleep-related monitoring on awakening mediates the relationship between cutaneous body image and insomnia symptoms. Sleep Science [In Press]. DOI: 10.1016/j.slsci.2017.01.007.

    Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., Chapman, A.J. & Barclay, N.L.  (2017). Anxiety mediates the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and insomnia disorder. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 82-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.07.042.

    Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A. & Barclay, N.L.  (2017). Preferential attention towards the eye-region amongst individuals with insomnia. Journal of Sleep Research, 26, 84-91. DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12456.

    Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A. & Barclay, N.L.  (2016). Misperception of tiredness in young adults with insomnia. Journal of Sleep Research, 25, 466-474. DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12395.

    Akram, U., Ellis, J.G. & Barclay, N.L.  (2015). Anxiety mediates the relationship between perfectionism and insomnia symptoms: a longitudinal study. PLoS One, 10 (10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0138865.


  • Other activities

    Conference Proceedings

    • Akram, U. (2017) Altered perception of sleep-realted faces in insomnia: a study comparing normal and poor sleepers. 31st Paper presented at SLEEP 2017: 31st Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Denver, CO, USA. Poster. Abstract in: Sleep, 40, Supplement, 149-50.
    • Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., & Barclay, N.L. (2016) Insomnia is associated with impaired response time but not accuracy on facial memory recall task. Paper presented at ESRS 2016: 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society. Bologna, Italy, EU. Poster. Abstract in: Journal of Sleep Research, 25 (S1), 122-123.
    • Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., & Barclay, N.L. (2016) Facial cues of tiredness: self-specific interpretive bias amongst individuals with insomnia. Paper presented at SLEEP 2016: 30th Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Denver, CO, USA. Poster. Abstract in: Sleep, 39, Supplement, 222.
    • Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., & Barclay, N.L. (2015) How individuals with insomnia view their own and others faces: an eye tracking study. Paper presented at SLEEP 2015: 29th Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Seattle, SA, USA. Poster. Abstract in: Sleep, 38, Supplement, 246.
    • Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., & Barclay, N.L. (2015) Perfectionism & insomnia: The mediating role of anxiety and depression. Paper presented at SLEEP 2015: 29th Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Seattle, SA, USA. Poster. Abstract in: Sleep, 38, Supplement, 240.
    • Barclay, N.L., Akram, U., & Archer, S.N. (2015) Association between vulnerability to stress-related insomnia and insomnia severity may be moderated by 5HTTLPR genotype. Paper presented at SLEEP 2015: 29th Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Seattle, SA, USA. Poster. Abstract in: Sleep, 38, Supplement, 215.
    • Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., & Barclay, N.L. (2014) The mediating role of anxiety and depression on the association between perfectionism, sleep-disturbances, and insomnia severity. Paper presented at ESRS 2014: 22nd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society. Tallinn, Estonia, EU. Poster. Abstract in: Journal of Sleep Research, 23, (S1), 130.
    • Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., & Barclay, N.L. (2014) Misperception of tiredness in individuals with insomnia. Paper presented at SLEEP 2014: 28th Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Minneapolis, MN, USA. Oral. Abstract in: Sleep, 37, Supplement, 181.
    • Akram, U., & Barclay, N.L. (2013) What Characterizes the Perception of a Tired Face? A pilot Study. Paper presented at SLEEP 2013: 27th Anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Baltimore, MD, USA. Poster.
  • Media

    Psychology

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