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.


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