Sian Coker


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Available for research opportunities for psychology, social work, medicine, allied health in the following: Eating Disorders, Perfectionism, Global Mental Health

Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Psychology training, International aspects of training 


Professor Sian Coker is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and a registered Health and Care Professions Council Practitioner Psychologist. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology in the British Psychological Society. 

Sian completed her first degree in Psychology at Hull University in 1983. She then went on to complete a combined  DPhil and Clinical Psychology training at York University in 1987. Sian’s DPhil thesis examined Eating patterns in normal and clinical populations, and this remains her primary area of interest today.  Following this, she took up a Senior Research Associate appointment at the Psychiatric Research Unit in Cambridge University Department of Psychiatry. During this time, she was also the Head of Psychological Services for patients with eating disorders at Addenbrookes Hospital. In 1991 she was awarded the Isaac Newton Research Fellowship, from Trinity College.

Sian began working part-time on the Clinical Psychology training programme in Norwich  Medical School at UEA in 1994. In 2018 she became Deputy Head of Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies and Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2021.

Within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, she has been Associate Dean for Internationalisation since 2020.

Teaching Interests

Mental Health, Global Mental Health, International aspects of Training

Administrative Posts

Leadership Positions

Associate Dean Internationalisation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Deputy Head, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies

Programme Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


Membership of University Committees

International Executive

FMH Executive

Turing Advisory Board

Mobility Advisory Group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

External positions

Group Chair, Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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