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Dr Jo Bower joined the UEA in 2020, having previously been a lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester. Prior to this, Jo completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Houston, where she coordinated a NASA-funded project investigating risk and resilience factors for individuals in isolated, confined, and extreme environments. Jo's research interests encompass the bidirectional associations between sleep, emotion and emotion regulation, with a particular focus on positive emotions.

Jo holds a PhD from the University of Reading, investigating measurement and individual differences in the regulation of positive emotions (2016), an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from Birkbeck College, University of London (2011) and BSc in Psychology from University of Bath (2005). She is also a member of the Sleep Research Society, British Sleep Society and the APA Society for Teaching in Psychology. 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Jo is primarily interested in the interactions between sleep and emotional responding. Specifically, she is interested in how poor sleep may contribute to the development of mental health problems during adolescence, through disruptions in emotional processing. She is also interested in how sleep and emotional processing can influence resilience in extreme environments,  and how changes in sleep across the menstrual cycle can influence emotional wellbeing.

Research Group Membership

Sleep and Brain Research Unit - Co-Investigator

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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