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PhD Student (Large-scale studies of hearing and hearing health), Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Sarah started her PhD in May 2013 and is investigating what stops or encourages deaf and hard of hearing children taking part in sport.
She studied a Bsc in Biomedical science at Keele University and a Masters in Health research at the same institution. During her Masters studies Sarah's interest and love of sport was rekindled and she joined a local football team. This has escalated to her becoming a Level 2 qualified adult and youth coach. This new found passion for football and personal experience with deaf players has led her to the PhD project she is undertaking today. Through her experiences as a coach, player and scientist she hopes to address the current issues facing deaf and hard of hearing children when participating in sports.
Sarah is also learning British Sign Language.
Sarah has experience in quantitative research methods from her time at Keele University and has used linear and logistic regression previously. She has experience in handling large data sets, using clinical records and medication records as well as use of the READ coding and BNF systems. She also has experience in conducting systematic reviews in the prevalence of hearing loss and the prevalence of tinnitus. She has obtained various skills from her coaching, refereeing and playing of football which will be useful in this project.
Sarah also has experience using qualitative methods. She has used focus groups and interviews during her PhD. She has experience working with a wide age range of children. Sarah has used NVIVO to manage her qualitative data and has experience of developing models from this and the use of thematic analysis. She also has experience of transcription and has generated some of her project transcripts herself.