Staff profile

Dr Ann Kirkman


Lecturer in Psychology

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-8195-9111

Email

a.kirkman2@derby.ac.uk

About

I completed my undergraduate Psychology degree at Staffordshire University in 2007. In 2021, I completed my PhD here at Derby. The PhD focused on investigating the relationship between implicit and explicit measures of optimism and examining changes in them using positive psychology interventions. During my PhD, I worked as an Associate Lecturer and Associate Academic at Derby. I also worked as a GTA at Brunel University. 

During my PhD, I continued to research and publish in the area of positive psychology and wellbeing. I worked as a Research Assistant for Student Well-being at Derby and worked on several projects related to well-being. One of the projects was developing an online resource for postgraduate research students to support their wellbeing, learning and research.

I recently worked on a research project called Education for Mental Health, this project developed a national online toolkit for academic staff to help to support university students’ well-being. The toolkit was designed to provide evidence-informed guidance on the ways in which curriculum can support both wellbeing and learning.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

My teaching responsibilities are based on areas of: 

Research interests

My research interests are around Positive Psychology, Optimism and Well-being.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the British Psychological Society

Qualifications

Undergraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

In the media

Recent publications

Hughes, G., Upsher, R., Nobili, A., Kirkman, A., Wilson, C., Bowers-Brown, T., & Byrom, N. (2002, January). Education for Mental Health. Advance HE

Kirkman, A. (2020, January). Education for mental health case study: Vivas Advance He

Kirkman, A. (2020, January). Education for mental health case study: One-month field trip. Advance He

Kirkman, A. (2020, January). Education for mental health case study: Compassionate Micro Skills of Communication (CMSC). Advance He

Kotera, Y., Pope, M., Chircop, J., Kirkman, A., Bennett-Viliardos, L. A., & Sharaan, S. (2021). Resilience intervention for families of autistic children: reviewing the literature. Journal of Concurrent Disorders

Kirkman, A. (2021). Investigating the relationship between implicit and explicit measures of optimism, and examining changes in them using positive psychology interventions

Byrom, N. C., Dinu, L., Kirkman, A., & Hughes, G. (2020). Predicting stress and mental wellbeing among doctoral researchers. Journal of Mental Health, 1-9