Dr Sarah Alderson

Dr Sarah Alderson


I am a NIHR funded Academic Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care and a GP in Halifax. After being a full time GP for three years, I studied for my PhD on Patients understanding of depression associated with chronic disease. My current research continues to look at mental and physical disease co-morbidity and understanding behaviour and behaviour change in order to embed interventions targeting patients and professionals within primary care, particularly the use of audit and feedback interventions. I lead the Campaign to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (CROP) project.

Research interests

My current research focuses on understanding behaviour and behaviour change in order to inform interventions targeting patients and professionals within primary care.

I am a principal investigator on three funded awards (AMS starter grant, RCGP scientific foundation grant and Wellcome Trust ISSF), co-investigator on six NIHR-funded grants (PGfAR ASPIRE, PGfAR ISCOMAT, HS&DR ENACT, HS&DR EMERALD, PGfAR DIAMONDS, and HTA ATLANTIS) and research-lead for Springhall Group Practice.

Leading the Campaign to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (CROP), a primary care feedback intervention in West Yorkshire, and growing experience in implementation science has reinforced my interest in two key areas:

  • Harnessing routine primary care data in both interventions to change professional behaviour (typically feedback) and evaluations
  • The potential of ‘implementation laboratories’ to advance science and population impact.


  • PhD - Understanding Depression Associated with Chronic Physical Disease
  • MBChB 2000 Leeds
  • MRCGP 2005
  • DFRSH 2009
  • DRCOG 2004

Professional memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Society of Academic Primary Care
  • Audit and Feedback Metalab

Student education

I teach on the iBSc Applied Health.

I supervise iBSc Applied Health research projects, ESREP projects, MSc and PhD students.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/809-mathematical-models-of-complex-healthcare-implementation-strategies">Mathematical models of complex healthcare implementation strategies</a></li> <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/810-the-design-and-analysis-of-randomised-trials-in-implementation-laboratories">The design and analysis of randomised trials in implementation laboratories</a></li>