Staff profile

Dr Carol Stalker


Lecturer in Psychology

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Subject

Psychology

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

School of Psychology

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-3852-7241

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

C.Stalker@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a Lecturer in Psychology and in this role I teach a range of undergraduate modules in the BSc and Joint Honours Psychology programmes. I also contribute to some of the MSc programmes.

I am an active mixed-methods researcher and have varied research interests but at the core of most of my research is health and wellbeing.

Teaching responsibilities

I am a campus-based Lecturer and teach students at both undergraduate and master's level. I am Level 4 lead for the campus-based BSc Psychology programme and I also lead the Level 4 Skills and Careers in Psychology module. Across the academic year, I teach several core modules, I teach developmental psychology at Level 4 and Level 5 and both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Professional interests

I graduated from the University of Derby with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2004 and with MSc in Health Psychology in 2006. I subsequently began my research career by undertaking research assistant posts within NHS and then relocated to Gloucestershire to take up a trainee health psychologist post. After five years of clinical and research work, I returned to Derby to take up research and teaching roles and in 2017 started my PhD studies which examined the acceptance of illness in Dialysis patients. I submitted my PhD thesis in January 2020 and took on my current post as a Lecturer in Psychology shortly after. 

Research interests

My research interests are predominantly focused on research associated with health psychology and wellbeing. I have conducted research exploring the quality of life in patients with coronary heart disease, I have been involved in researching compassionate approaches to weight loss maintenance and helped to set up a large-scale international weight management intervention. More recently I have been researching the impact of acceptance of illness and the impact on the quality of life for haemodialysis patients. I am continuing this research and have been a co-applicant on successful grants which hope to further this work. 

Membership of professional bodies

Recent conferences

Presentations:

Stalker, C., Elander, J., Mitchell, K., Taal, M. W., Selby, N., and Stewart, P, (2019)  What aspects of acceptance influence health-related quality of life in Haemodialysis patients? Division of Health Psychology Conference, Manchester,  10 July 2019 – Poster Presentation

Stalker, C., Elander, J., Mitchell, K., Taal, M. W., Selby, N., and Stewart, P. (2019) The impact of acceptance of illness on quality of life outcomes for haemodialysis patients. UKKW conference 2019, Brighton, 4 June 2019 – Poster presentation

Stalker, C., Elander, J., Mitchell, K., Taal, M. W., Selby, N., and Stewart, P. (2017) The role of Acceptance in Dialysis, East midlands doctoral conference, September 2017 - 3 minute Thesis presentation

Duarte, C., Gilbert, P., Stalker, C., Catarino, F., Basran, J., Scott, S., ... and Stubbs, R. J. Emotion regulation, eating, weight and well-being (2015). In Effects of compassionate mind training on weight outcomes, depression, shame, self-criticism in participants attending Slimming World support groups, Compassionate Mind Foundations 4th international conference, Manchester, 2015

Recent publications

Fielding, C., Bramley, L., Stalker, C., Brand, S., Toft, S., and Buchanan, H. (2022). Patients’ experiences of cannulation of arteriovenous access for haemodialysis: A qualitative systematic review. The Journal of Vascular Access, 11297298211067630

Elander, J., Kapadi, R., Danton, I., Louth, C., Selby, N. M., Taal, M. W., Stalker, C. and Mitchell, K. (2022). Adjustment and wellbeing among people with end-stage chronic kidney disease receiving in-centre haemodialysis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Kidney Care7(2), 70-79

Danton, I., Kapadi, R., Elander, J., Louth, C., Selby, N. M., Taal, M. W., Stalker, C. and Mitchell, K. (2022). ‘I didn't have any option’: experiences of people receiving in-centre haemodialysis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Kidney Care7(3), 112-119

Elander, J., Kapadi, R., Coyne, E., Taal, M. W., Selby, N. M., Stalker, C., and Mitchell, K. (2021). Using patient feedback to adapt intervention materials based on acceptance and commitment therapy for people receiving renal dialysis. BMC urology21(1), 1-11

Stubbs, R. J., Duarte, C., Palmeira, A. L., Sniehotta, F. F., Horgan, G., Larsen, S. C., ... and Heitmann, B. L. (2021). Evidence-Based Digital Tools for Weight Loss Maintenance: The NoHoW Project. Obesity Facts14(3), 320-333

Duarte, C., Gilbert, P., Stalker, C., Catarino, F., Basran, J., Scott, S., ... and Stubbs, R. J. (2019). Effect of adding a compassion-focused intervention on emotion, eating and weight outcomes in a commercial weight management programme. Journal of Health Psychology, 1359105319890019

Scott, S. E., Duarte, C., Encantado, J., Evans, E. H., Harjumaa, M., Heitmann, B. L., ... and Matos, M. (2019). The NoHoW protocol: a multicentre 2× 2 factorial randomised controlled trial investigating an evidence-based digital toolkit for weight loss maintenance in European adults. BMJ Open, 9(9), e029425

Stalker, C., Elander, J., Mitchell, K., Taal, M. W., Selby, N., and Stewart, P. (2018). What is acceptance, and how could it affect health outcomes for people receiving renal dialysis?. Health Psychology Update

Duarte, C., Stubbs, J. R., Gilbert, P., Stalker, C., Catarino, F., Basran, J., ... and Morris, L. (2018). The Weight‐Focused Forms of Self‐Criticising/Attacking and Self‐Reassuring Scale: Confirmatory Factor Analysis and associations with control, loss of control of eating and weight in overweight and obese women. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

Stalker, C., and Elander, J. (2015). Effects of a pain self-management intervention combining written and video elements on health-related quality of life among people with different levels of education. Journal of Pain Research, 8, 581–590. https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S85741

Knibb, R. C., Barnes, C., and Stalker, C. (2016). Parental self‐efficacy in managing food allergy and mental health predicts food allergy‐related quality of life. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 27(5), 459-464