I work as a Research Assistant in Psychology at Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology and am currently also completing my PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Dr Fergal Jones.
As a Research Assistant, I work on a number of different projects supporting Institute staff in their research and knowledge exchange activities. My main duties include qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, evaluation of selection data and trainee feedback, designing research tools, writing literature reviews, data management, and presentation and assisting in writing up papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. I work with various researchers both internally as well as externally of Canterbury Christ Church University. Aside from research activities, I am also involved in research teaching on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Professional Practice and MSc in Psychotherapies: CBT programmes.
My PhD focuses on examining the role of dose in mindfulness-based interventions meta-analytically as well as experimentally. I am also interested in exploring the role of positive psychological applications in improving wellbeing.
I joined Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2015. I completed my BA in Psychology with Human Resources Management at the University of Northampton in 2014 and my MSc in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2015.
My research interests include mindfulness, positive psychology, mental health and well-being.
Teaching and subject expertise
I have previously taught quantitative and qualitative research methods on the MSc in Psychotherapies: CBT course. Currently, I am co-teaching research on the PhD in Professional Practice course and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at the Salomons Institute.
Strohmaier, S. (2019, February 12). Dose-response meta-regression of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs): Method, challenges and preliminary findings. Paper presented at International Mindfulness Conference (ICM) Asia Pacific 2019, Auckland, New Zealand.
Strohmaier, S. (2018, September 21). Engagement and mindfulness-based approaches: Dose-response in mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Paper presented at the Sussex Mindfulness Centre (SMC) conference titled Community Mindfulness: Staying connected, local and accessible, SMC, Hove, UK.
Strohmaier, S. & Camic, P. M. (2017, November 24). Conceptualising what we mean by ‘wellbeing’ in the dementias. Royal Society for Public Health conference titled Powerful Partners: Advancing Dementia Care through the Arts & Sciences. Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), London, UK.
Publications and research outputs
Zeilig, H., Tischler V., van der Byl Williams, M., West, J. & Strohmaier, S. (2019). Co-creativity, well-being and agency: A case study analysis of a co-creative arts group for people with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 49, 16-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2019.03.002.
Taylor-Roberts, L., Strohmaier, S., Jones, F. & Baker, P. (2019). A systematic review of community participation measures for people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 1-13. doi.org/10.1111/jar.12565.
Camic, P. M., Crutch, S., Murphy, Charlie, Firth, N., Harding, E., Harrison, C., Howard, S., Strohmaier, S., van Leeuwen, J., West, J., Windle, G., Wray, S. & Zeilig, H. (2018). Conceptualising and understanding artistic creativity in the dementias: interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (1842). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01842.