Staff profile

Dr Amy Baraniak

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Amy Baraniak


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

University Professorial Council


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a lecture in Psychology and programme leader for the MSc Health Psychology programme at the University of Derby.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across both the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes. I am programme leader for our MSc Health Psychology programme.  I generally teach health psychology, in particular psychological aspects of long term illness.

I am also involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student projects, using either quantitative or qualitative methods. On the MSc Health Psychology programme I am module leader for the Living with Long Term Illness and Research Project in Health Psychology modules. I also teach on the second year Psychology of Health module, and third year Family Health Psychology module.

Research interests

My research interests centre around primary health care and lifestyle interventions such as smoking cessation, long term condition management (with particular reference to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and issues such as appropriate use of health care services. Research interests also include the impact of informal caregiving on physical, psychological and social health and well-being.

Current projects include:

I am also very interested in systematic reviewing, including meta-analysis and meta-synthesis.

Membership of professional bodies

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society.



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 acheivement through the Quality and Outcomes Framework and Enhanced Services.  I was responsible for the dleivery of a number of psyhcologically-based interventions for managment of mild-moderate mental health issues, smoking cessation and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.  I lead the development of services within primary acre under the (then) Practice Based Commissioning policy.

Recent publications