Zoe Gotts


PhD Thesis - The role of sleep in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Zoe completed her PhD in 2014, working in the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research (NCSR) and a member of the Health in Action Research Group at Northumbria University.  

Her PhD research took on a biopsychosocial perspective to examine sleep and wakefulness in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and integrated a range of objective, subjective and qualitative methods to assess sleep problems in an ambulatory setting. This work also looked at the role of cortisol, including the diurnal profile and cortisol awakening response in this patient cohort. Her work will help to determine the (bio)psychosocial influences on the perpetuation and maintenance of symptoms in this unexplained and under-researched condition.

Zoe's PhD was in collaboration with Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the UK NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing. 

Supervision Team:

Dr Vincent Deary

Professor Jason Ellis

Dr Mark Wetherell

Professor Julia Newton

Supported by: Action for M.E.