Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology



5 West 3.34


Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384371


Dr Sarah Chapman


I joined the University of Bath as Lecturer in Behavioural Medicine in October 2016. Prior to this I was based at UCL School of Pharmacy researching medication perceptions and adherence to medication, initially as a research fellow at the Centre for Behavioural Medicine and then as a UCL Excellence Fellow.

I studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, subsequently obtaining an ESRC studentship to support an MSc and DPhil focused on cognitions about symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

I am a chartered psychologist and associate member of the BPS Health Psychology Division. I am working towards BACP accreditation as a counsellor focused on brief psychodynamic and CBT interventions.

Research Interests

Patients are not blank sheets; they have a wealth of knowledge and beliefs about their treatment and their illness. These perspectives influence how they interact with healthcare professionals and information, their understanding of whether their treatment is effective or harmful, and their decisions about taking medication. An estimated 30-50% of medicines are not taken as prescribed, with consequences for patients and healthcare professionals. My research focuses on understanding patients’ perspectives on their treatment and illness, to inform interventions to support appropriate medication taking.


Watkinson, A., Chapman, S. C. E. and Horne, R., 2017. Beliefs about pharmaceutical medicines and natural remedies explain individual variation in placebo analgesia. Journal of Pain, 18 (8), pp. 908-922.

Chapman, S. C. E., Llahana, S., Carroll, P. and Horne, R., 2016. Glucocorticoid therapy for adrenal insufficiency:nonadherence, concerns and dissatisfaction with information. Clinical Endocrinology, 84 (5), pp. 664-71.

MacDonald, L., Chapman, S., Syrett, M., Bowskill, R. and Horne, R., 2016. Improving medication adherence in bipolar disorder:A systematic review and meta-analysis of 30 years of intervention trials. Journal of Affective Disorders, 194, pp. 202-21.

Wei, L., Chapman, S., Li, X., Chen, R., Chater, A. and Horne, R., 2016. An Association Between Beliefs About Medicines and Drug Non-Adherence in Patients with Chronic Diseases in China.

Kumar, K., Raza, K., Nightingale, P., Horne, R., Chapman, S., Greenfield, S. and Gill, P., 2015. Determinants of adherence to disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in White British and South Asian patients with rheumatoid arthritis:a cross sectional study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 16, p. 396.

Heller, M. K., Chapman, S. C. E. and Horne, R., 2015. Beliefs about medication predict the misattribution of a common symptom as a medication side effect--Evidence from an analogue online study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79 (6), pp. 519-29.

Chapman, S. C. E., Horne, R., Eade, R., Balestrini, S., Rush, J. and Sisodiya, S. M., 2015. Applying a perceptions and practicalities approach to understanding nonadherence to antiepileptic drugs. Epilepsia, 56 (9), pp. 1398-407.

Chapman, S. C. E., Barnes, N., Barnes, M., Wilkinson, A., Hartley, J., Piddock, C., Weinman, J. and Horne, R., 2015. Changing adherence-related beliefs about ICS maintenance treatment for asthma:feasibility study of an intervention delivered by asthma nurse specialists. BMJ Open, 5 (6), e007354.

Chapman, S., Sisodiya, S., Eade, R. and Horne, R., 2014. Abstracts from the ICBM 2014 meeting:O431: Perceptual and practical determinants of AED adherence, perceptions of medication information and decision-making in epilepsy. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21 (Supplement 1), S129-S129.

Chapman, S. C. E., Horne, R., Chater, A., Hukins, D. and Smithson, W. H., 2014. Patients' perspectives on antiepileptic medication:relationships between beliefs about medicines and adherence among patients with epilepsy in UK primary care. Epilepsy and Behavior, 31, pp. 312-20.

Chapman, S., Sibelli, A., Bondarek, P., Horne, R., Forbes, A., Driscoll, R. and Chater, A., 2014. Modifying adherence-related beliefs in inflammatory bowel disorder: randomized controlled trial of an online intervention. In: International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, 2014-08-14 - 2014-08-17.

Chapman, S. C. E. and Horne, R., 2013. Medication nonadherence and psychiatry. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 26 (5), pp. 446-52.

Martin, M. and Chapman, S., 2013. 2350--Pain engagement and disengagement, self-reported health and illness behaviour in irritable bowel syndrome. In: 21th European Congress of Psychiatry, 2014-03-01 - 2014-03-04.

Horne, R., Chapman, S. C. E., Parham, R., Freemantle, N., Forbes, A. and Cooper, V., 2013. Understanding patients' adherence-related beliefs about medicines prescribed for long-term conditions:a meta-analytic review of the Necessity-Concerns Framework. PLoS ONE, 8 (12), e80633.

Horne, R., Chapman, S., Parham, R., Freemantle, N. and Vanessa, V., 2012. The necessity-concerns framework predicts medication adherence in long-term conditions: a meta-analytic review. In: ICBM 2012 Meeting, 2012-08-29 - 2012-09-01.

Chapman, S. and Horne, R., 2012. Use of theory in interventions to promote medicine adherence in long-term conditions: A systematic review.

Chapman, S. and Martin, M., 2011. Attention to pain words in irritable bowel syndrome:increased orienting and speeded engagement. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16 (1), pp. 47-60.

Martin, M. and Chapman, S. C. E., 2010. Cognitive processing in putative functional gastrointestinal disorder:rumination yields orientation to social threat not pain. European Journal of Pain, 14 (2), pp. 207-13.

Miles, A., Voorwinden, S., Chapman, S. and Wardle, J., 2008. Psychologic predictors of cancer information avoidance among older adults:the role of cancer fear and fatalism. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 17 (8), pp. 1872-9.

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