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Dr Sarah Davis

Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5372


BSc (Hons) Psychology

MRes Psychology


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


  • Developmental Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychology of Emotion
  • Neuropsychology
  • Development & Disabilities


My research focuses on individual differences in development and I'm particularly interested in emotional intelligence; adolescent mental health; stress and coping; resilience. I also supervise PhD research.


Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

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



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., & Wigelsworth, M. (2017). The structural and predictive properties of the Emotional Quotient Inventory Youth Version – Short Form (EQi:YVS). Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1280502. 

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 Responsibilities

External Responsibilities