Staff profile

Dr Amy Baraniak

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology

Dr Amy Baraniak


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Director for Msc Health Psychology programmes at the University of Derby (campus and online).  

Module Leaderships:

I contribute to other modules, particularly those in health psychology, and clinical applications of psychology.

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects in areas related to health and illness, using either quantitative or qualitative methods.

Professional interests

I am an active member of the committee for the Division of Health Psychology (Honorary Secretary).

I am Vice-Chair of Trustees for Derbyshire Carers Association.

Research interests

My research interests centre around understanding and improving wellbeing. Research has included projects relating to students and carers in particular, with recent work focusing on wellbeing in employment (carers in employment, and the impact of Covid-19 on returning to work).

Membership of professional bodies

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • HCPC registered Health Psychologist


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

My early career was based within primary health care, where I worked with clinical and non-clinical staff to maximise achievement through the Quality and Outcomes Framework and Enhanced Services. I was responsible for the delivery of a number of psychologically-based interventions for the management of mild-moderate mental health issues, smoking cessation and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. I lead the development of services within primary care under the (then) Practice-Based Commissioning policy.

Recent publications