Dr Sarah Davis

dr-sarah-davis

Course Leader, MSc Psychology

Academics

Contact Details

email: sarah.davis@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5372

Sarah obtained a first class BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from the University of Teesside and went on to complete an MRes Psychology with Distinction and PhD at the University of Manchester.  Before joining the team at Worcester in 2012, she held various research positions at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester and a Teaching Fellowship at Manchester, teaching on the MSc Psychology of Education programme for 5 years.

Sarah is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and member of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID).  She is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. Sarah’s research focuses on individual differences in development with a specialism in Emotional Intelligence.

Qualifications

PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education     
BSc (Hons) Psychology    
MRes Psychology     
PhD

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Sarah teaches a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules allied to Individual Differences, Developmental Cognitive Psychology, Biopsychology, Educational Psychology, and Research Methods.

Research

Sarah’s research focuses on individual differences in development and particularly how emotional intelligence contributes to stress and mental health.  She has published widely in this area using cross-sectional, prospective, and experimental methodological designs. Sarah’s current projects include: examining how emotional intelligence contributes to early attentional preferences for emotional information under stressful conditions (using eye tracking), and also how emotional intelligence relates to detection and recognition of emotional expression in facial and vocal cues. 

Sarah supervises PhD research and is particularly interested in receiving expressions of interest from applicants with interests relating to individual differences, resilience, and social cognition.

PhD Project Ideas

Professional Bodies

  • International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID)    
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Division for Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Davis, S.K., & Wigelsworth, M. (2018). The structural and predictive properties of the Emotional Quotient Inventory Youth Version – Short Form (EQi:YVS).  Journal of Personality Assessment. 100, 2, 197-206, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1280502.

Davis, S.K., (2018). Emotional Intelligence in Adolescence and Early Adulthood. In P.Qualter & L. Dacre-Pool (Eds.) An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence. UK: Wiley-Blackwell

Lea., R.G., Qualter, P., Davis, S.K., Pérez-González, J.C., & Bangee, M.,(2018).Trait emotional intelligence and attentional bias for positive emotion An eye tracking study. Personality and Individual Differences,128, 88-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.02.017.

Davis, S.K., (2018). Emotional intelligence and attentional bias for threat-related emotion under stress. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12439

Qualter, P., Davis, S.K., Keefer, K. V., Parker, J.D.A., Saklofske, D.H, Wigelsworth, M., Simmons, N., & Stough, C., (2017). Emotional competency in education: Core concepts and applications. British Journal of Educational Psychology Monograph Series II, Psychological Aspects of Education Current Trends, 12, 51-69.

Davis, S. K., Farrelly, D., Muse, K, & Walklet, E., (2016). Technology enhanced learning in Psychology: Current directions and perspectives. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. ISSN 2024-8032.

Walklet, E., Davis, S. K., Farrelly, D., & Muse, K. (2016). The impact of Student Response Systems on the learning experience of undergraduate psychology students. Psychology Teaching Review, 22 (1), 35-48

Davis, S.K., & Nichols, R. (2016). Does emotional intelligence have a dark side? A review of the literature. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (1316). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01316.

Davis, S.K., & Humphrey, N. (2014). Ability versus trait emotional intelligence: Dual influences on adolescent psychological adaptation. Journal of Individual Differences, 35 (1), 54-62.

Davis, S.K. (2013). Can 'emotionally intelligent' coping promote adaptation in young people? The Psychology of Education Review (Special Edition: New Directions in Emotional Education and Development), 37 (2), 5-12.

Davis, S.K., & Humphrey, N. (2012). The influence of emotional intelligence (EI) on coping and mental health in adolescence: Divergent roles for trait and ability EI. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1369-1379.

Davis, S.K., & Humphrey, N. (2012). Emotional intelligence predicts adolescent mental health beyond personality and cognitive ability. Personality and Individual Differences, 52 (2), 144-149.

Davis, S.K., & Humphrey, N. (2012). Emotional intelligence as a moderator of stressor-mental health relations in adolescence: Evidence for specificity. Personality and Individual Differences, 52 (1), 100-105.

Lum, J., Kidd, E., Davis, S., & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2010). A longitudinal study of declarative and procedural memory in primary school aged children. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62, 139-148.

External Roles

Associate Editor for the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=usep20

Editorial board member for the International Journal of Emotional Education: https://www.um.edu.mt/ijee/editorialboard