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Sophie Carlisle

Dr Sophie Carlisle

Research Fellow


Sophie is a Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis in the Section of Women’s Mental Health. She joined the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in January 2022 and is currently working as part of the Consortium on Violence, Health and Society.

Sophie’s background is in Health Psychology and she has expertise in a number of research methodologies, including systematic review and meta-analysis, randomised controlled trials, and qualitative interviews and focus groups. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the IoPPN in 2015. Between 2018-2022 she was based at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, where she conducted her PhD, focusing on the role of positive mood and choice and their implications for vaccine effectiveness in an older adult population. During this time she also worked on a number of research projects using qualitative methodology, including exploring the impact of COVID-19 and self-isolation on university students, assessing an asymptomatic COVID-19 testing service for university students, and evaluating a falls prevention service for older adults.

Before her PhD, Sophie worked as a Senior Systematic Reviewer at the National Guideline Centre, producing guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for a range of conditions, including low back pain and sciatica, renal and ureteric stones, and hearing loss.

Research Interests

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • The relationship between physical and mental health
  • Psychoneuroimmunology 


  • Jayes, L., Morling, J. R., Carlisle, S., Bogdanovica, I., & Langley, T. (2023). Instructor and client views of a community falls prevention service and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative exploration of a service in England. Journal of frailty, sarcopenia and falls, 8(1).
  • Jia, R., Carlisle, S., & Vedhara, K. (2022). The association of lifestyle and mood with long-term levels of cortisol: a systematic review. Cogent Psychology, 9(1), 2036487.
  • Ayling, K., Brown, M., Carlisle, S., Bennett, R., Buchanan, H., Dumbleton, J., ... & Vedhara, K. (2022). Optimising mood prior to influenza vaccination in older-adults: A three-arm RCT.
  • Al-Oraibi, A., Fothergill, L., Yildirim, M., Knight, H., Carlisle, S., O’Connor, M., ... & Blake, H. (2022). Exploring the psychological impacts of COVID-19 social restrictions on international university students: a qualitative study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(13), 7631.
  • Carlisle, S., Ayling, K., Jia, R., Buchanan, H., & Vedhara, K. (2021). The effect of choice interventions on retention-related, behavioural and mood outcomes: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review, 1-37.
  • Blake, H., Carlisle, S., Fothergill, L., Hassard, J., Favier, A., Corner, J., ... & Denning, C. (2021). Mixed-methods Process Evaluation of a Residence-based SARS-CoV-2 Testing Participation Pilot on a UK University Campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Knight, H., Carlisle, S., O’connor, M., Briggs, L., Fothergill, L., Al-Oraibi, A., ... & Blake, H. (2021). Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation on students and staff in higher education: A qualitative study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(20), 10675.
  • Moon, Z., Moss-Morris, R., Hunter, M. S., Carlisle, S., & Hughes, L. D. (2017). Barriers and facilitators of adjuvant hormone therapy adherence and persistence in women with breast cancer: a systematic review. Patient preference and adherence, 11, 305.