Dr Jane Blackwell

Dr Jane Blackwell

Research Fellow

Summary: Jane Blackwell is a Research Fellow investigating sleep, physical activity, cognitive function and psychological well-being in children with narcolepsy in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Location: Psychology


Jane is a Research Fellow funded by a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Early Career Researcher Fellowship. Jane is currently running the research programme she designed called ‘The Paediatric Narcolepsy Project’. This longitudinal case-control study aims to investigate the relationship between sleep, physical activity, cognitive function and psychosocial well-being in paediatric narcolepsy.

Jane gained her first-class honours degree in Psychology at The University of Sheffield in 2013. Throughout her degree, she gained experience in a variety of psychology lead services, working with a wide range of clinical populations, namely; Traumatic Brain Injury, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality Disorder, Dementia, Depression and Anxiety. Jane also gained commercial experience by completing work experience at Cambridge Cognition Ltd., an applied psychology company which provides computerised cognitive tests (CANTAB) for use in diagnosing and monitoring conditions that affect mental health.

Jane gained her Master of Science Degree in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice at The University of York in 2014 (Passed with Distinction), before being awarded a University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Scholarship to complete her doctorate in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at The University of Leeds (2014-2018).

Jane has been successful in several applications for funding to support her research costs and has received awards from Child Brain Research, Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder, Ireland, Narcolepsy UK, the Max Hamilton fund at The University of Leeds, The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) and The British Psychological Society. She is affiliated with the SleepResearch@Leeds group. Jane is a member of The British Sleep Society, The British Paediatric Sleep Association and The European Sleep Research Society.

Jane is particularly interested in the effects of disturbed sleep on daytime functioning, social relationships and psychological well-being. Ultimately, Jane is interested in the development and application of interventions to improve quality of life for sufferers of narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.