Staff profile

Dr Carol Stalker

Lecturer in Psychology

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College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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. 

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