Rachel Sharpe


PhD Student


Rachel Sharpe is a PhD student at CRIPACC, University of Hertfordshire under the supervision of Professor Claire Goodman and Dr. Julia Jones. Her doctoral work is focussed on suicidal behaviour in people with dementia, including the prevalence, risk factors, impact on family members & healthcare professionals and suitable postvention support. Rachel is also a Samaritans listening volunteer, postvention advisor for a local school’s team and a ‘social prescriber’ at Parkbury house surgery. Rachel has a background in supporting vulnerable adults with complex mental health needs across a wide variety of community services and charities. She graduated with a first in BSc Psychology in 2013 and gained four years of experience working as a health psychology research assistant prior to beginning her PhD.