Sian Coker


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Administrative Posts

  • Sian in Post graduate Director for the Clin Psy D programme. She is a member of the Graduate Executive Committee and a member of the Quarterly Strategic Review Group. She is Chair of the Extenuating Circumstances Panel and a member of the Exam Board for the Clin Psy D programme. She is vice chair of the Selection Sub- committee that oversees admissions to the programme. She is also a member of FMHS and School of Psychology ethics committees.


Sian completed her first degree 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 involved in several treatment studies for patients with eating disorders and became 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 at UEA in 1994.  In 2013 she became Deputy Programme Director (Academic). Sian is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Senior Research Tutor on the programme. She is also Postgraduate Director for Clin PsyD in the School.   

External Activities

  • Consultant NHS Norfolk (2009-2010)
  • Stake holder Events (2013-On going)
  • Careers Fairs for Sixth formers (local) (2012,2013-On-going)
  • Open Day for prospective candidates (national) (2013) Annual

Professional Activities

  • Health and Care Professions Council Practitioner Psychologist (On-going)
  • Member of British Psychological Society (On-going)
  • Division of Clinical Psychologists (On-going)
  • Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (On-going)

Academic Background

1991-1995 Isaac Newton Fellow  University of Cambridge   
1983-1987 DPhil “Eating patterns in normal and clinical populations” University of York
1987 BPS Diploma Clinical Psychology training award
BSc Psychology,Machin prize University of Hull  


2013-present  Deputy Programme Director (Academic) and  member of Programme Executive Clinical Psychology Doctorate UEA
2013-present Senior Clinical Lecturer
2013-present  Post  Graduate Director  Clin Psy D
1994-2012 Clinical Lecturer Clinical Psychology Doctorale UEA (p/t) 
1991-1995 Head of Psychological Services for Eating Disorders Cambridge University Teaching hospitals Trust 

Key Research Interests

Eating patterns in normal and clinical populations
Feeding problems in infants
Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Research Key Words

Eating Disorders
Feeding problems

Research Group or Lab Membership

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision

Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders and Diabetes
Infant feeding problems

Teaching Interests

Research Methods, Ethical practice,Ethics in research
Teaching Activities; I am Senior Research Tutor on The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.
I supervise Clin Psy D theses and PhD postgraduate students 

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


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