Your Psychology BSc (Hons) teaching team

The Psychology teaching team have many years’ experience in psychology and they understand the pressures of balancing study around work and family commitments.

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr. Clarke's area of expertise is in performance under pressure and the psychological predictors and mechanisms that are associated, specifically for 'choking' and 'the yips' within sport.

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Academic Lead for Psychology and Course Director

Dr Alice Doherty, Academic lead for psychology, is a multidisciplinary teacher with varied teaching experience in a range of subjects including Psychology and English as a Foreign Language.

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Academic Lead in Psychology

Dr Gülcan Garip is the Academic Lead for the MSc and PG Diploma Psychology programmes and teaches on the MSc Health Psychology programme. Gülcan is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology.

Lecturer in Psychology

Claire began working for the University of Derby in 2011 in the campus Psychology team. Following maternity leave Claire returned to work as a Remote Lecturer in Psychology for UDOL in 2016. Claire's areas of interest and expertise lie within the areas of Health and Clinical Psychology.

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology, Melanie Haughton, has worked in education since 2000. Melanie has worked as a Higher Education Learning Mentor, she has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Lancaster University and as an Associate Academic at the University of Derby.

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Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology, Sophie Jackson joined the University of Derby in April 2019 having previously worked as a teaching assistant at The University of West London and as a research assistant at Goldsmiths, University of London and Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology

Academic Lead in Counselling, Yasuhiro Kotera, has been Academic Lead for online Counselling and Psychotherapy courses since 2014 and has been researching into mental health and neuro-linguistic programming.

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology, Garrett Moran, has over 30 years’ experience of teaching psychology to A’ level, undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has also worked with a number of organisations identifying sources of stress and providing intervention frameworks to promote a healthier organisation.

Dominic Petronzi is a Lecturer in Psychology (online) at the University of Derby with a keen interest in social psychology, the psychology of education, and development. Dominic teaches modules in each of these areas and also has a range of practical experience of supporting primary and secondary students in school and residential settings, with a focus on supporting SEND. 

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Laura Rayment previously worked in prison psychology and was involved in research into the treatment of criminal psychopaths. Laura began working for the University of Derby Online Learning in 2014 as an Associate Academic, became a Lecturer in 2016, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, working on a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules.

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Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness

Professor Miles Richardson leads the Nature Connectedness Research Group.

Lecturer in Psychology

Hettie joined the University of Derby in May 2020. She gained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Lincoln in 2013 exploring the impact of simulated hearing loss on executive function, namely; impulsivity, sustained attention and working memory. 

Lecturer in Psychology, Jessica Runacres, previously worked in the private healthcare sector before beginning a PhD at Birmingham City University in health/social psychology.

Associate Head of Centre for Psychological Research

David Sheffield is a Professor of Psychology at the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. He is also Head of Research and Director of Professional Psychology Programmes at the University of Derby Online Learning. He also supervises PhD and Doctorate students. David's work has helped us to understand the impact of stress and pressure on health, wellbeing and performance.

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Boban Simonovic, joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Psychology in November 2017, having previously worked as an associate lecturer (online), and as a teaching assistant on campus.

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Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Elaina Taylor is a Lecturer and Chartered Psychologist. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, full member of the Division of Health Psychology and Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology Dr Katia Vione joined the University of Derby in April 2017, having previously worked as a lecturer in Brazil and as a teaching assistant at Cardiff University.

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Academic Lead in Psychology

Academic Lead in Psychology, Dr Sophie Williams is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sophie's research interests lie in women’s health and long-term conditions, her research particularly focuses on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and quality of life.

Lecturer in Psychology

Senior Lecturer for Computing and Information Technology, Barry Blundell, is a physicist and engineer. He is also an Accreditation Inspector for the British Computer Society (BCS), and for the British Accreditation Council (BAC).