Professor James Elander

Position: Head of Centre for Psychological Research

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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Head of Centre for Psychological Research

Research interests

Behavioural and psychological aspects of pain management and analgesic use in painful chronic conditions such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease, and chronic headache. This includes developing and evaluating interventions to improve people's self-management of pain, and studies of the interpersonal staff-patient dynamics that affect quality of pain management, especially in hospital.

Student learning and academic writing, especially in the transition to university. This includes developing and evaluating interventions help students improve their academic writing and avoid unintentional plagiarism, especially by improving students' 'authorial identity' and their understanding of the assessment criteria for student writing.

Membership of professional bodies

British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist)

Health Care Professions Council (Registered Health Psychologist)

Higher Education Academy (Registered Practitioner and National Teaching Fellow)

Society for the Study of Addictions

Recent publications

Elander, J. (in press – invited article). How to help students avoid plagiarism by improving their authorial identity. The Psychologist.

Elander, J.(in press). Patient-reported outcomes: clinical applications in the field of chronic pain self-management. In F. Guillemin and colleagues (Eds.), Maladies chroniques, santé perçue et processus d’adaptation. Approches épidémiologiques et psychologiques (Chronic diseases, perceived health, stakes and future). Publication details TBC.

Phillips. E., Elander, J. & Montague, J. (2014). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of men’s and women’s  coping strategy choice during early IVF treatment.  Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36, 4, 366-372. [Published online June 2014]  DOI:10.1080/02646838.2014.915391

Elander, J. (2014). A review of evidence about behavioural and psychological aspects of chronic joint pain among people with haemophilia. Haemophilia, 20, 168-175. [Published online Autumn 2013] DOI: 10.1111/hae.12291 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hae.12291/abstract

Elander, J., Duarte, J., Maratos, F.A. & Gilbert, P. (2014). Predictors of painkiller dependence among people with pain in the general population. Pain Medicine, 15 (4), 613-624.DOI:10.1111/pme.12263 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pme.12263/abstract;jsessionid=06F3DE8D19B9C873EED35FE4FA8763FA.f03t01?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

Phillips. E., Elander, J. & Montague, J. (2014). Managing multiple goals during fertility treatment: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 4, 531-543.[Published online Autumn 2013] DOI: 10.1177/1359105312474915 http://hpq.sagepub.com/content/19/4/531

Elander, J., Morris, J. & Robinson, G. (2013). Pain coping and acceptance as longitudinal predictors of health-related quality of life among people with hemophilia-related chronic joint pain. European Journal of Pain, 17 (6), 929-938.DOI:10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00258.x

Elander, J. & Norton, L. (2013). Crossing the boundaries of academic writing. In T. Bilham (Ed.), For the Love of Learning: Innovations from Outstanding University Teachers (pp. 49-53). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-33429-9.

Kinder, J. & Elander, J. (2012). Dyslexia, authorial identity, and approaches to learning and writing: A mixed methods study.British Journal of Educational Psychology, 82, 289-307. DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02026.x

Elander, J., Robinson, G. & Morris, J. (2011). Randomized trial of a DVD intervention to improve readiness to self-manage joint pain. Pain, 152, 2333-2341. DOI:10.1016/j.pain.2011.06.026.

Elander, J., Haywood, C., & Beach, M.C. (2011). Respect, trust, and the management of sickle cell disease pain in hospital: comparative analysis of concern-raising behaviors, preliminary model, and agenda for international collaborative research to inform practice.Ethnicity and Health, 16 (4-5), 405-421. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2011.555520.

Elander, J., Pittam, G., Lusher, J., Fox, P. & Payne, N. (2010). Evaluation of an intervention to help students avoid unintentional plagiarism by improving their authorial identity. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35, 157-171. DOI: 10.1080/02602930802687745.

Jessen, A. & Elander, J. (2009). Development and evaluation of an intervention to improve Further Education students' understanding of Higher Education assessment criteria: three studies. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 33, 359-380. DOI: 10.1080/03098770903272461.

Elander, J., Robinson, G., Mitchell, K. & Morris, J. (2009). An assessment of the relative influence of pain coping, negative thoughts about pain, and pain acceptance on health-related quality of life among people with hemophilia. Pain, 145, 1, 169-175. DOI:10.1016/j.pain.2009.06.004.

Pittam, G., Elander, J., Lusher, J., Fox, P. & Payne, N. (2009). Student beliefs and attitudes about authorial identity in academic writing. Studies in Higher Education, 34, 153-170. DOI: 10.1080/03075070802528270.

Recent conferences

Dys, A., Collins, H., & Elander J. (2014). Anxiety as a predictor of analgesic dependence: a mixed methods study. Poster to be presented at the annual British Psychological Society Conference, Liverpool, 6-8th May, 2015.

Elander, J., Dys, A. & Collins, H. (2014).Evidence to improve self-management of pain and addiction: A mixed methods study of anxiety and analgesic dependence. Paper presented at the annual symposium of the Society for the Study of Addictions, York, 6-7th November, 2014.

Dys, A., Collins, H., & Elander J. (2014). Pain, anxiety, and analgesic dependence. Poster presented at the annual Derby Learning and Teaching Conference, Buxton, 2nd July 2014.

Said, O., Elander, J. & Maratos, F.A. (2014). Cultural factors in painkiller misuse, abuse and dependence: A comparison between the general population of the United Kingdom and Egypt. Poster presented at the annual conference of the British Pain Society, Manchester, 29th April 2014.

Said, O., Elander, J. & Maratos, F.A. (2014). Painkiller use, misuse, abuse and dependence in the general population: a comparison between the UK and Egypt. Poster presented at the New Horizons Conference, University of Derby, 10th January 2014.

Dokia, M., Elander, J., Clements, K. & Taurah, L. (2014). Cognitive and behavioural characterization of painkiller dependence. Poster presented at the Midlands Health Psychology Network Conference, University of Northampton, 20th February 2014.

Dokia, M., Elander, J., Clements, K. & Taurah, L. (2014). Cognitive and behavioural characterization of painkiller dependence. Poster presented at the New Horizons Conference, University of Derby, 10th January 2014.

Gale, C., Montague, J., Gilbert, P., & Elander, J. (2013). The acceptability of compassionate mind training when experiencing eating difficulties: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Paper presented at the Qualitative Methods in Psychology conference, Huddersfield, 4-6th September 2013.

Murphy, A., Elander J. & Langton, H. (2013). Evaluation of a novel community pharmacy-based intervention to improve asthma self-management. Poster presented at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, UK, 11-13th September 2013.

Phillips. E., Elander, J. & Montague, J. (2013). Self-regulation among couples during fertility treatment: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of goal management and coping strategy selection. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, UK, 11-13th September 2013.

Elander, J. (2013). Change processes in adjustment to chronic pain: An examination of the motivational and volitional/behavioural nature of changes in pain acceptance. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, UK, 11-13th September 2013.

Page, H. & Elander, J. (2013). Pain anxiety, pain medication concerns, and self-compassion as predictors of painkiller dependence among people with chronic pain. Poster presented at the European Health Psychology Conference, Bordeaux 16-20th July 2013.

Elander, J. (2013). Pain acceptance change processes in the context of the motivational model of pain self-management. Paper presented at the European Health Psychology Conference, Bordeaux 16-20th July 2013.

Stalker, C. & Elander, J. (2013). Supplementing written information with video material to increase accessibility among people with less health literacy: a controlled evaluation of benefits for health-related quality of life. Paper presented at the European Health Psychology Conference, Bordeaux 16-20th July 2013.

Phillips. E., Elander, J. & Montague, J. (2013). Multiple goal management and coping strategy selection:  An interpretative phenomenological analysis of self-regulatory behaviour during fertility treatment. Poster presented at the European Health Psychology Conference, Bordeaux 16-20th July 2013.

McEwan, K., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2013). Practicing compassion-focused imagery exercises in non-clinical and assessment-anxious student populations. Paper presented at the conference of the European Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, 9-14th July 2013.

Page, H. & Elander, J. (2013). Predicting Painkiller Dependence in Chronic Pain: The Effect of Pain-Related Anxiety, Pain Medication Concerns and Self-Compassion. Poster presented at the Midlands Health Psychology Network Conference, University of Birmingham, 14th February 2013.

Additional interests and activities

James Elander online

Sickle cell anemia open educational resources (SCOOTER project). Three online lectures about pain management for sickle cell disease. www.sicklecellanaemia.org/

Discussions with Fiona Holland about "What makes a good qualitative research project?".

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Experience in industry

Elander, J. (2014). Respect and trust. Invited talk at the Patient Involvement and Education Day, Nottingham Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service, 25th July 2014.

Elander, J. (2014). Plagiarism, academic integrity, and authorial identity. Invited workshop organized by the BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Birmingham, 9th May 2014.

Elander, J. (2012). Respect, trust and hospital management of SCD pain. Invited talk at the East Midlands Haemoglobinopathy Network, Nottingham, 23rd March 2012.

Elander, J. & Norton, L. (2010). Easing the Transition into Academic Writing for Higher Education: Lessons from the Flying Start Project. Invited seminar at UCAS, Cheltenham, 9 November 2010.

International experience

Elander, J. (2014). Clinical applications in the field of chronic pain self-management. Invited talk at the APEMAC international conference on Maladies chroniques, santé perçue et processus d’adaptation. Approches épidémiologiques et psychologiques (“Chronic diseases, perceived health, stakes and future”), Universite de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 4-6 June 2014.

Elander, J. (2013). Sickle cell disease pain: How can behavioral research inform transitions from pediatric to adult hospital care?Invited plenary lecture at the 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Stockholm, Sweden, 17-20th June, 2013.

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