Staff Profiles

Dr Sarah Owen

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


Senior Lecturer

I initially started my career as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), graduating from Selly Oak ODP school in 1988. I later specialised in neurosurgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. After a brief spell working abroad I returned to Oxford and specialised in functional neurosurgery for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

In 2004 I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University where I studied hominin evolutionary processes, with a particular interest in the hominin brain and skull. In 2007 I obtained a DPhil from Brasenose college, University of Oxford after studying Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and stereotactic targeting for deep brain stimulation treatment (DBS) in patients with movement disorders and pain.

I then spent three years as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Oxford and subsequently 2 years at the University of Portsmouth as the academic lead for the Centre for Simulation in Healthcare, and as a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Health Care, and the lead for research for the Acute & Emergency Care Cluster. My main research interests include acute & chronic pain, movement disorders and I still have a keen interest carried from my first degree on disease and evolutionary processes.