Fabio Sani

BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Supervisor


I am an academic with almost 30 years of teaching and research experience in social, health, development and clinical psychology, as well as social epidemiology and psychological medicine. I have lead several large research projects, most of which funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), and published over 70 scientific articles in international journals. Over my career, I have supervised many dissertations both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of my former postgraduate students are now established academics or clinical psychologists. I regularly act as an external examiner for PhD theses in UK and other countries (e.g., Australia; Denmark).

My main research interests concern the impact of interpersonal and social adversities (e.g., workplace bullying; child maltreatment; poverty; social isolation) on mental health problems (especially depression, anxiety, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, insecure attachment, sense of emptiness and identity disturbance). I am also interested in the mental health of people with a chronic illness, and the mental health of carers, nurses, and doctors. I am interested in both the phenomenological and the epidemiological aspects of these issues, and I am happy to use either qualitative or quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. 

I am currently available to supervise dissertations at both doctoral and master level.

Representative Publications

  • Herron, S. & Sani, F. (2021). Understanding the typical presentation of emptiness: A study of lived-experience. Journal of Mental Health.
  • https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638237.2021.1922645
  • Sani, F., Herrera, M., & Bielawska, C. (2020). Child maltreatment is linked to difficulties in identifying with social groups as a young adult. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 38, 491-496.
  • Cruwys, T., Wakefield, J. R. H., Sani, F., Dingle, G. A., & Jetten, J. (2018). Social isolation predicts frequent attendance in primary care. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, 817-829.
  • Cientanni, F., Power, K., Sani, F., Wright, C., Baty, F., Hustings, K., Morgan, D., Tanner, G. (2017). Comparing social group identification and socioeconomic deprivation as predictors of psychological distress: Evidence from a Scottish primary care sample. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 705-722.
  • Miller, K., Wakefield, J. R. H., & Sani, F. (2017). On the reciprocal effects between multiple group identifications and mental health: A longitudinal study of Scottish adolescents. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56, 357-371.
  • Sani, F., Wakefield, J. R. H., Herrera, M., & Zeybek, A. (2017). On the association between greater family identification and lower paranoid ideation among non-clinical individuals: Evidence from Cypriot and Spanish students. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 36, 396-418.
  • Swartzman, S., Sani, F., & Munro, A. (2017). The role of social support, family identification, and family constraints in predicting post-traumatic stress after cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 26, 1330-1335.
  • Sani, F., Madhok, V., Norbury, M., Dugard, P., & Wakefield, J. R. H. (2015). Greater number of group identifications is associated with lower odds of being depressed: Evidence from a Scottish community sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50: 1389-1397.

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