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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

Social Sciences and Arts

Psychology Modules


Psychology


BSc (Hons) Psychology


Psychology Modules


Publications

Journal articles

Akram, U., Bickle, E., Howell, C., Ozhan, V., Williamson, J., & Rocher, A. (2021). Sleep‐related monitoring on awakening mediates the relationship between insomnia‐related interpretive bias and insomnia symptoms using the insomnia ambiguity paradigm. Journal of Sleep Research, 30 (5). http://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.13343

Gardner, K., Jabs, N.-.M., Drabble, J., & Akram, U. (2021). Humour styles influence the perception of depression-related internet memes in depression. Humor: international journal of humor research. http://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2021-0045

Akram, U., Allen, S.F., Stevenson, J., Lazuras, L., Ackroyd, M., Chester, J., ... Irvine, K.R. (2021). Homogeneity of cognitive and behavioural processes underlying the relationship between insomnia and body image disturbance. Cognitive Processing. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10339-021-01039-0

Allen, S., Stevenson, J., Lazuras, L., & Akram, U. (2021). The role of the COVID-19 pandemic in altered psychological well-being, mental health and sleep: An online cross-sectional study. Psychology, Health and Medicine. http://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2021.1916963

Akram, U., Ellis, J., Cau, G., Hershaw, F., Rajenthran, A.A., Lowe, M., ... Drabble, J. (2021). Eye tracking and attentional bias for depressive internet memes in depression. Experimental Brain Research, 239, 575-581. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-020-06001-8

Allen, S.F., Gardani, M., Akram, A., Irvine, K.R., & Akram, U. (2020). Examining the factor structure, reliability, and validity of the disturbing dreams and nightmare severity index (DDNSI) consequences sub-component. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1080/15402002.2020.1862848

Akram, U. (2020). Perceptual Differences in Emotionally Ambiguous Neutral Faces Among Individuals Displaying Clinically Significant Insomnia Symptoms. Perception, 49 (10), 1090-1100. http://doi.org/10.1177/0301006620954113

Akram, U., & Stevenson, J. (2020). Self-Disgust and the Dark Triad Traits: The Role of Expressive Suppression. Personality and Individual Differences, 168, 110296. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110296

Akram, U. (2020). A Patients View on Reclassifying Idiopathic Hypersomnia to Narcolepsy Type-3. Sleep. http://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsaa134

Akram, U., Ypsilanti, A., Gardani, M., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Akram, A., ... Lazuras, L. (2020). Prevalence and psychiatric correlates of suicidal ideation in UK university students. Journal of Affective Disorders, 272, 191-197. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.03.185

Johann, A.F., Hertenstein, E., Feige, B., Akram, U., Holub, F., Baglioni, C., ... Spiegelhalder, K. (2020). Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia does not appear to have a substantial impact on early markers of cardiovascular disease: A preliminary randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sleep Research. http://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.13102

Akram, U., Gardani, M., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Ypsilanti, A., Lazuras, L., ... Akram, A. (2020). Emotion dysregulation mediates the relationship between nightmares and psychotic experiences: Results from a student population. npj Schizophrenia, 6, 15. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41537-020-0103-y

Akram, U., & Irvine, K. (2020). Depression mediates cutaneous body image and facial appearance dissatisfaction in insomnia. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 18 (2), 137-142. http://doi.org/10.1007/s41105-020-00254-0

Akram, U., Gardani, M., Riemann, D., Akram, A., Allen, S.F., Lazuras, L., & Johann, A.F. (2020). Dysfunctional sleep-related cognition and anxiety mediate the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and insomnia symptoms. Cognitive Processing, 21 (1), 141-148. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10339-019-00937-8

Akram, U., Drabble, J., Cau, G., Hershaw, F., Ashileen, R., Loew, M., ... Ellis, J. (2020). Exploratory Study On The Role Of Emotion Regulation In Perceived Valence, Humour, And Beneficial Use Of Depressive Internet Memes In Depression. Scientific Reports, 10. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-57953-4

Barclay, N., Rowley, S., Robson, A., Akram, U., & Myachykov, A. (2019). Sleep duration, sleep variability, and impairments of visual attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1177/1747021819895771

Akram, U., Stevenson, J.C., Gardani, M., Akram, A., & Allen, S. (2019). Psychopathy and chronotype disposition: the mediating role of depression. Heliyon, 5 (11), e02894. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02894

Akram, U., Akram, A., Gardani, M., Ypsilanti, A., McCarty, K., Allen, S., & Lazuras, L. (2019). The relationship between depression and insomnia symptoms amongst a sample of UK university students. Sleep medicine research, 10 (1), 49-53. http://doi.org/10.17241/smr.2019.00332

Akram, U., Gardani, M., Akram, A., & Allen, S. (2019). Anxiety and depression mediate the relationship between insomnia symptoms and the personality traits of conscientiousness and emotional stability. Heliyon, 5 (6), e01939. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01939

Akram, U., Ypsilanti, A., Drabble, J., & Lazuras, L. (2019). The role of physical and behavioural self-disgust in relation to insomnia and suicidal ideation. Journal of clinical sleep medicine, 15 (3), 525-527. http://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7698

Allen, S., Akram, U., & Ellis, J. (2019). Examination of Sleep Health dimensions and their associations with perceived stress and health in a UK sample. Journal of public health. http://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdz016

Akram, U. (2019). Categorisation deficit of facially expressed anger in insomnia: Commentary on Zhang et al. Individuals with insomnia misrecognize angry faces as fearful faces while missing the eyes: An eye-tracking study. Sleep, 42 (2). http://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsz012

Akram, U., Barclay, N.L., & Bronwyn, M. (2018). Sleep-related attentional bias in insomnia: time to examine moderating factors? Frontiers in psychology, 9. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02573

Akram, U., Kay, S., & Fonquerine, Z. (2018). Qualitative Examination of Daytime Monitoring and Selective Attention in Insomnia. Sleep and Vigilance, 2 (2), 149-155. http://doi.org/10.1007/s41782-018-0049-6

Akram, U. (2018). Everything at once, or nothing at all. Schizophrenia bulletin. http://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sby161

Akram, U., Milkins, B., Ypsilanti, A., Reidy, J., Lazuras, L., Stevenson, J., ... Barclay, N.L. (2018). The therapeutic potential of attentionalbias modification training for insomnia: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19. http://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-2937-4

Allen, S.F., Elder, G.J., Longstaff, L.F., Gotts, Z.M., Sharman, R., Akram, U., & Ellis, J.G. (2018). Exploration of potential objective and subjective daily indicators of sleep health in normal sleepers. Nature and Science of Sleep, 10, 303-312. http://doi.org/10.2147/NSS.S168841

Akram, U., Allen, S., McCarty, K., Gardani, M., Tan, A., Villarreal, D., ... Akram, A. (2018). The relationship between insomnia symptoms and the dark triad personality traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 131, 212-215. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.001

Ypsilanti, A., Lazuras, L., Robson, A., & Akram, U. (2018). Anxiety and depression mediate the relationship between self-disgust and insomnia disorder. Sleep Health, 4 (4), 349-351. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2018.06.001

Akram, U., McCarty, K., Akram, A., Gardani, M., Tan, A., Villarreal, D., ... Allen, S. (2018). The relationship between type D personality and insomnia. Sleep Health, 4 (4), 315-384. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2018.04.005

Akram, U., Robson, A., & Ypsilanti, A. (2018). Sleep-related attentional bias for faces depicting tiredness in insomnia: evidence from an eye-tracking study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14 (06), 959-965. http://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7160

Akram, U. (2018). The face of tiredness in insomnia from the self-perspective : a focus on attentional and interpretative biases. Journal Of Sleep Research, 27 (3), e12657. http://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12657

Akram, U., Beattie, L., Ypsilanti, A., Reidy, J., Robson, A., Chapman, A.J., & Barclay, N.L. (2018). Sleep-related attentional bias for tired faces in insomnia: Evidence from a dot-probe paradigm. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 103, 18-23. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2018.01.007

Akram, U. (2018). Objective Sleep and Personality. Journal of clinical sleep medicine, 14 (3), 485-486. http://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7010

Akram, U. (2018). Objective sleep and personality : commentary on Johann et al. Perfectionism and Polysomnography-Determined Markers of Poor Sleep. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14 (3), 485-486. http://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7010

Akram, U., Sharman, R., & Newman, A. (2018). Altered perception of facially expressed tiredness in insomnia. Perception, 47 (1), 105-111. http://doi.org/10.1177/0301006617725241

Akram, U. (2017). Sleep associated monitoring on awakening mediates the relationship between cutaneous body image dissatisfaction and insomnia symptoms. Sleep Science, 10 (2), 92-95. http://doi.org/10.5935/1984-0063.20170017

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 (1), 84-91. http://doi.org/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 (4), 466-474. http://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.12395

Akram, U., Ellis, J.G., Myachykov, A., Chapman, A.J., & Barclay, N.L. (2016). Anxiety mediates the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and insomnia disorder. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 82-86. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.07.042

Takei, N., 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), e0138865. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0138865

Akram, U., Irvine, K., Allen, S., Stevenson, J., Ellis, J., & Drabble, J. (n.d.). Internet Memes Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Potential Coping Mechanism for Anxiety. Scientific Reports.

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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.

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