Susan Button Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Susan Button Nurse Teacher, RN Adult, BSc Hons, PGCert in Academic Practice, MSc, PhD

Susan Button

Dr Susan Button
Nurse Teacher, RN Adult, BSc Hons, PGCert in Academic Practice, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Susan Button is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich.

Susan is a registered nurse with a post-registration qualification in cardiothoracic nursing and holds a first class honours degree in Psychology, an MSc and PhD in Health Psychology and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

She has worked on a number of Research Council grants, including an ESRC grant for a study of adherence to anti-hypertensive medication, a RfPB grant evaluating a concordance intervention for patients with uncontrolled diabetes and an RfPB grant evaluating the use of expressive writing to protect women's health after birth.

Susan joined the University of Greenwich in 2015 collaborating on research both within the university and staff from external organisations. Susan has published a variety of articles relating to physical and mental health, and has reviewed articles submitted to a number of journals, including the British Journal of Health Psychology and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Susan is the Course Leader for post-registration/undergraduate research project courses in Professional Practice in Health & Social Care, and Sexual Health (OMED 0052 and OMED 1219). She is also course lecturer for students following a programme leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and liaises with a number of placement areas to enhance the student experience in practice.

Her main areas of teaching and research include: research methods, cardiovascular care, patient empowerment and concordance, psychological factors affecting health, maternal and child mental health and help-seeking behavior.

Posts held previously:

  • Research Fellow, Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research, City University, London
  • Senior Research Nurse, NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network
  • Researcher/Sessional Teaching, University of Kent
  • Nurse/Cardiothoracic Surgery: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth NHS Foundation Trust and Middlesex Hospital, London
  • Senior lecturer, Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
  • Course leader on research projects, post-registration Level 6/undergraduate
  • Course lecturer for pre-registration programme with NMC and HCPC
  • Leads on Student Experience
  • Peer Reviewer for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Departmental Representative: Faculty Research Seminars Committee

Susan's research interests include maternal and child mental and physical health; help-seeking behavior; psychological factors affecting health; and patient empowerment and concordance.

Funded research projects

2014: City University London RSF Spend Down Application: Systematic Review of Factors affecting help-seeking behaviour in women experiencing psychological distress during the perinatal period

Osborn, K.; Davis, J., Button, S. & Foster, J. (2017). Juror decision making in close relationship rape cases: The influence of clothing, alcohol and pre-existing stereotypical attitudes. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, (Submitted).
Ayers, S., Crawley, R., Button, S., Thornton, A., Field, A., Flood, C., Lee, S., Eagle, A., Bradley, R., Moore, D., Gyte, G. & Smith, H. (2017). Evaluation of expressive writing to improve postpartum health: a randomized controlled trial. (In preparation).

Crawley, R., Ayers, S., Button, S., Thornton, A., Field, A., Lee, S., Eagle, A., Bradley, R., Moore, D., Gyte, G., (2017). Feasibility and acceptability of expressive writing with postpartum women: a randomised controlled trial. (In preparation).

Button, S; Thornton, A.; Lee, S.; Shakespeare, J. & Ayers, S. Seeking help for perinatal psychological distress: A meta-synthesis of women's experiences. British Journal of General Practice. (In Press).

Wilkie, S; Crawley, R.; Button, S; Thornton, A.; & Ayers, S. (2017). Assessing physical symptoms during the perinatal period: Reliability and validity of the Primary Health Questionnaire Somatic Symptom Subscale (PHQ-15). Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2017.1289167 .

Crawley, R., Ayers, S., Button, S., Thornton, A., Field, A., Lee, S., Eagle, A., Bradley, R., Moore, D., Gyte, G., & Smith, H. (2016). Evaluating expressive writing to improve postpartum health. Paper presented at the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISPOG), Malaga, May 2016.

Thompson, S., Ayers, S., Pervilhac, C., Mahoney, L. & Seddon, P. (2015). Predicting child distress during venepuncture: the roles of child anxiety and carer and health professionals' behaviour. Journal of Child Health. DOI: 10.1177/1367493515598643

Ayers, S., Fitzgerald, G. & Thompson, S. (2015). Brief on-line self-help exercises for postnatal women to improve mood: a pilot trial. Maternal & Child Health Journal, 19(11), 2375 – 2383.

Thompson, S., Shine, L., Pike, A., Ayers, S. & Parfitt, Y. (2014). The Impact of Childbirth on Fathers' Parenting and Bonding with their Infant. Poster Presentation at The International MarcĂ© Society Scientific Conference, Swansea, Wales, UK, 10 – 12 September 2014.

Quine, L., Steadman, L., Thompson, S. and Rutter, D. (2012). Adherence to anti-hypertensive medication: proposing and testing a conceptual model. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (1). pp. 202-219

Rutter, D., Quine, L., Steadman, L. & Thompson (2007). Increasing Attendance at Breast Cancer Screening: Field Trial. Final Report to NHSBSP. http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/rutter-report.pdf

Thompson, S., Ayers, S., Crawley, R. et al (2015). Using expressive writing as an intervention to improve postnatal wellbeing. Paper presented to the Conference of the Society for Reproductive Infant Psychology, Nottingham, UK, 14 – 15 September 2015.

Thompson, S., Rutter, D.R., Quine, L., & Steadman, L. (2007). Increasing Uptake at Routine Mammography. Presentation at Breast Screening Study Day, London QA Reference Centre, 29 September 2007.

Thompson, S., Rutter, D.R., Quine, L., & Steadman, L. (2007). Implementation Intentions, Efficacy & Routine Mammography. Poster Presentation at European Health Psychology Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 15-18 August 2007.

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Thompson, S., Shine, L., Pike, A., Ayers, S. and Parfitt, Y. (2014). The impact of childbirth on Fathers' parenting and bonding with their Infant. Poster Presentation at: The International Marcé Society Scientific Conference, 10-12 September 2014, Swansea, Wales, UK.

Thompson, S., Ayers, S., Crawley, R. et al. (2015). Using expressive writing as an intervention to improve postnatal wellbeing. In: The Society for Reproductive Infant Psychology Conference, 14-15 September 2015. Nottingham, UK.

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