Papers & Presentations

If you would like copies of any of the papers/presentations listed below, please do contact me by email – details here.

Publications For a complete publication list, please see my Manchester profile page, or my Research Gate page.

You can find blog posts I’ve written for The Mental Elf here.



Knowles, S. Health Research should be Crowd Funded through Kickstarter – Dangerous Ideas Soapbox (*Winner), Society for Academic Primary Care Conference 2015. Oxford, 9th July 2015.

Knowles. S, Oultram, S – Research Design Service North West. Designing Research With Patients. North West England MRC Fellowship Scheme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics/ The MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science Public Engagement Workshop 2015. Liverpool, 16th June 2015


Knowles, S, Planner, C, Donnelly, A, Bourke, S. Hacking into Health Research: Patient Hack Days as facilitators of rapid PPI. INVOLVE, Birmingham, 27th November 2014. (BMJ Blog here)

Knowles, S., Planner, C, Giles, S and Cheraghi-Sohi, S. International comparisons on Patient and Public Involvement. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting. New York, USA. 23rd November 2014.

Knowles, S., Planner, C. Zombies, unicorns, hackers and service users: Adventures in PPI from a researcher’s perspective. SUNLOWS North London MHRN Hub, King’s College London. London, 31st October 2014.

Knowles, S, Knopp, J, Bower, P. Personalising care for depression – can psychological factors tell us what works, and for whom? Division of Health Psychology, York, 10th September 2014 (Symposium convenor: Health Psychology in the Wild – research in the NHS.)

Knowles, S., Rennick-Egglestone, Bower, P. Achieving effective co-design in Health Research: A preliminary test of the Persona Workshop method. Health Services Research Network Symposium, Nottingham, 19th June 2014. *Winner of “Best PPI Paper”


Knowles, S. New directions in treatment: Computerised Therapy for Depression. Royal College of Psychiatrist’ North West Division Conference, Manchester, 20th November 2013.

Knowles, S., Bower, P., Lovell, K., Gilbody, S. & Littlewood, L. Qualitative insights into user experiences of computerised therapy. British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Conference, Imperial College London, 17th July 2013

Planner, C. Knowles, S., Griffiths, M. Involving patients and the public in health research – North West People in Research Forum ‘Experience Matters’ Workshop, Manchester, 9th May 2013


Knowles, S. Robot vs Human: Potential and Pitfalls of Therapy Delivered By Technology,  National Primary Care Research & Development Centre, Manchester, 22nd May 2012

Knowles, S, Lester, H, Bower, P, Lovell, K, Gilbody, S. Managing mood through technology: User experiences of computerised therapy. Primary Care Mental Health Conference, University of Bristol, 22nd March 2012.

Knowles, S, Lester, H, Bower, P, Lovell, K, Gilbody, S. User experiences of computerised therapy in the REEACT Trial. North West Health Psychology Research Network themed research meeting: ‘Beyond face-to-face: E-Health and Telephone-Based Interventions’. University of Manchester, 15th March 2012


Knowles, S, Lester, H, Gask, L, Bower, P, Lovell, K, Gilbody, S. “How acceptable is computerised CBT?” Invited seminar for the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, 7th September 2010


Knowles, S., Townsend, E. and Anderson, M.  “Identifying self harm in community young offenders“. Invited seminar for the Interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Seminar Series, Centre for Criminal Justice, Economics and Psychology, University of York, 3rd March 2009.


Knowles, S, Townsend, E, Anderson, M. “Implicit and explicit attitudes toward self harm:  the importance of cognitive and affective variables“. 12th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour. Glasgow, Scotland, 28th September 2008.

Knowles, S, Townsend, E, Spence, A, Slovic, P. “Theoretical integration of the affect heuristic and implicit attitudes“. 15th General Meeting of the European Association for Experimental Social Psychology. Opatija, Croatia, 11th June 2008