Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Dr Sarah Henderson

Sarah is the Programme Director of the MSc in Clinical Management of Pain she is based in the Chancellor's Building.

Dr Sarah Henderson

Programme Director

  • MSc Clinical Management of Pain
  • Division of Health Sciences
  • Deanery of Clinical Sciences

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Sarah’s initial training in psychology was at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and following this worked for a government-funded organisation which aimed to encourage those with learning disabilities to lead as independent lives as possible through education, training and practical life skills. Following this, she trained as an occupational therapist at Queen Margaret University and graduated in 2000. In 2000 she commenced a PhD studentship at Queen Margaret University focussing on the barriers to effective pain assessment. During this time Sarah also worked part time as an occupational therapist in renal medicine and as an occupational therapy lecturer, specialising in pain assessment and measurement, psychology and qualitative methodologies. Following the completion of her PhD in 2005 Sarah began her post at the University of Edinburgh, where she helped lead the implementation of the University’s first fully online distance learning Masters programme in pain management. As programme director of the MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain programme.


Sarah has research interests in educational development, technologies for learning, the translation of education into clinical practice and pain management in under-resources nations. Sarah is currently an elected member of the Special Interest Group (Education) of the British Pain Society and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.