Dr Rebecca Stores

Rebecca Stores

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 023 92 844425

Email: rebecca.stores@port.ac.uk


I gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the then Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1990 and started a part-time PhD in the Department of Psychology immediately afterwards. My PhD research focussed on sleep disorders and their effects of daytime functioning in children with Down syndrome. At that time I was based at The Sarah Duffen Centre, a research centre in Southsea focusing on the development of children with Down syndrome. I became a Chartered Psychologist in 1996. In 1998, I worked as a Research Psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford on a year-long research project evaluating group administered instruction for parents to prevent or minimise sleep problems in young children with Down syndrome. I re-joined the University of Portsmouth as an Associate Senior Lecturer in 2001 at the then School of Postgraduate Medicine, based at Queen Alexandra Hospital. I became an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2011 and held the role of Associate Head (Research and Knowledge Services) within the School of Health Sciences and Social Work between 2011 and September 2014.

Research projects

I have conducted research into the nature and extent of sleep education in undergraduate psychology degree and clinical psychology courses in the UK. More recently, I have been involved in research into quality of life and carers of individuals with dementia and am currently conducting a study on sleep disorders in adults with Down's Syndrome in collaboration with the National Down's Syndrome Association.


MacKenzie H, Drahota A, Pallikadavath S, Stones W, Dean T, Fogg C, Stores R, Kilburn S, Dewey A & Ogollah R. (2013). What is the impact of contraceptive methods and mixes of contraceptive methods on contraceptive prevalence, unmet need for family planning, and unwanted and unintended pregnancies? (EPPI report; vol.2108). EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

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Drahota A, Ward D, MacKenzie H, Stores R, Higgins B, Gal D, Dean T. (2012). Sensory environment on health-related outcomes of hospital patients. The Cochrane Library (3) DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD005315.pub2

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Stores G & Stores RJ. (2013). Sleep disorders and their clinical significance in children with Down syndrome. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 55 (2), 126-130.

Stores R & Stores G. (2013). The significance of aspects of screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in children with Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 58 (4), DOI:10.1111/jir.12033.

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