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

Senior Lecturer

Dr Susan Button is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health 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

Responsibilities within the university

  • 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

Research / Scholarly interests

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

Key funded 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

Recent publications


Ayers, Susan , Crawley, Rosalind, Webb, Rebecca, Button, Susan , Thornton, Alexandra , HABiT collaborative group (2019), What are women stressed about after birth?. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Birth, 46 (4) . pp. 678-685 ISSN: 0730-7659 (Print), 1523-536X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12455).

Button, Susan , City, University of London, University of Sunderland, University of Greenwich (2018), Evaluation of expressive writing for postpartum health: a randomised controlled trial. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41 (5) . pp. 614-626 ISSN: 0950-0693 (Print), 1464-5289 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-018-9970-3).

Osborn, Kirsty , Davis, Josh, Button, Susan, Foster, John (2018), Juror decision making in acquaintance and marital rape: The influence of clothing, alcohol and pre-existing stereotypical attitudes. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36 (5-6) . pp. NP2675-NP2696 ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518768566).

Crawley, Rosland , Ayers, Susan, Button, Susan, Thornton, Alexandra , Field, Andy P. , Lee, Suzanne , Eagle, Andrew , Bradley, Robert , Moore, Donna , Gyte, Gill (2018), Feasibility and acceptability of expressive writing with postpartum women: a randomised controlled trial. BMC. In: , , , . BMC, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18: 75 ISSN: 1471-2393 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1703-7).

Button, Susan , Thornton, Alexandra, Lee, Suzanne, Shakespeare, Judy , Ayers, Susan (2017), Seeking help for perinatal psychological distress: A meta-synthesis of women’s experiences. Royal College of General Practitioners. In: , , , . Royal College of General Practitioners, British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), 67 (663) . pp. e692-e699 ISSN: 0960-1643 (Print), 1478-5242 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X692549).

Wilkie, Stephanie , Crawley, Rosalind, Button, Susan, Thornton, Alexandra , Ayers, Susan (2017), Assessing physical symptoms during the perinatal period: Reliability and validity of the Primary Health Questionnaire Somatic Symptom Subscale (PHQ-15). Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 39 (1) . pp. 56-63 ISSN: 0167-482X (Print), 1743-8942 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2017.1289167).

Thompson, Susan , Ayers, Susan, Pervilhac, Charlotte, Mahoney, Liam , Seddon, Paul (2015), The association of children's distress during venepuncture with parent and staff behaviours. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Child Health Care, 20 (3) . pp. 267-276 ISSN: 1367-4935 (Print), 1741-2889 (Online) (doi: http://doi.org/10.1177/1367493515598643).

Ayers, Susan , Fitzgerald, Gemima, Button, Susan (2015), Brief online self-help exercises for postnatal women to improve mood: a pilot study.. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Maternal and Child Health, 19 (11) . pp. 2375-2383 ISSN: 1092-7875 (Print), 1573-6628 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-015-1755-5).