I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, a discipline area that sits within the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. I am the Employability Lead for Psychology and I teach on a range of undergraduate modules, MSc programmes and am a module leader for a number of modules.
I am an active researcher and have interests in a number of different areas including nature connection; compassion; and individual differences. I supervise PhD students researching these areas.
I teach campus-based students at undergraduate and masters levels. I am the Employability Lead for Psychology. I am also the Module Leader for Psychology in the Modern World 4PS502, Psychology Nature and Wellbeing 5PS524, Skills and Careers in Psychology 5PS532 and 7PS532 Research and Evaluation.
I teach on the following undergraduate modules:
Psychology in the Modern World 4PS502
Skills and Careers in Psychology (1) 4PS519
Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences 5PS509
Psychology Nature and Wellbeing 5PS524
Skills and Careers in Psychology (2) 5PS532
Psychology Research Project 6PS541
Psychology Research Project 6PS519
I also teach on the following postgraduate modules, supporting the MSc Behaviour Change and Masters of Research programmes and supervise MSc research projects.
Research and Evaluation 7PS532
Independent Research 7SO999
Negotiated Module in Science 7SO500
In addition, I also deliver short courses relating to evaluation, quantitative research methods and statistics and Wellbeing in the Workplace.
After graduating from the University of Derby with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Social Science in 1995, I went on to study for my PhD under the supervision of Dr Keith Clements. My PhD examined the relationship between alcohol consumption and smoking and how various factors such as social context, social interaction and individual differences might interact with this relationship.
Following the successful completion of my PhD, I then went on to work for the Police for four years, in various roles including Research Assistant, Head of Market Research and Acting Head of Performance Standards and Review. Following this, I worked for seven years as a Community Safety Manager for a local authority.
I returned to the University of Derby as Lecturer in Psychology in 2012 and now teach on modules across the BSc and MSc programmes. I am particularly interested in teaching about the relationship between nature and wellbeing, personality and individual differences and quantitative research methods. I undertake research and evaluation projects for external organisations and I also develop and run short courses such as Introduction to Evaluation.
My current research interests are focused on nature connectedness in children and adults and the relationship between nature connectedness and wellbeing. I am particularly interested in understanding more about the impact of Nature Connection on wellbeing and identifying interventions that may help to improve individuals' connection to nature. As part of this work, I am also involved in evaluating initiatives aimed at improving nature connection and increasing access to nature for individuals who may not always find it easy to access nature.
Recently I worked as part of a team evaluating an initiative for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and we are now conducting evaluation for Suffolk Wildlife Trust as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project. In addition, we are also working on evaluation and research projects with the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
I also have research interests in relation to compassion within education. I am currently leading a research project which aims to embed the micro-skills of compassionate communication into the Higher Education curriculum by introducing a new pedagogic approach. It is hoped that this approach will improve students' experience of group work. See https://www.cmtschools.org/ for more information.
Finally, I am also working as part of a research team investigating the relationship between different types of beliefs, wellbeing and individual differences in personality. Recently one of my PhD students successfully developed a new scale to measure the dark personality traits called The Dark Side of Humanity Scale.
Membership of professional bodies
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Social Science, University of Derby
PhD on the relationship between alcohol consumption and smoking, University of Derby
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
Harvey, C., Hallam, J., Richardson, M. and Wells, R. (2021). Good things children notice in nature: A framework for reconnecting children with nature. Singapore Conference of Applied Psychology December 2021.
Harvey, C. Maratos, F., Montague, J., Gale, M., Gilbert, T. and Clarke, K. (2021). Developing Compassionate Micro Skills of Communication: Facilitating group work with undergraduate psychology students. Singapore Conference of Applied Psychology December 2021.
Harvey, C. & Maratos, F. (2021). Embedding Compassionate Communication Skills with Undergraduate Psychology Students. Masterclass presented to the British Psychological Society Annual Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology conference 24 June 2021.
Harvey, C. Maratos, F., Montague, J., Gale, M., Gilbert, T. and Clarke, K. (2021). Developing Compassionate Micro Skills of Communication to facilitate group work with undergraduate psychology students. International Perspectives in Education, University of the Agean, Greece, 2020.
Harvey, C. Maratos, F., Montague, J., Gale, M., Gilbert, T. and Clarke, K. (2020). Embedding compassion in the curriculum. Presented at the Advance HE Student Retention and Success Symposium: Examining the role of mental wellbeing in the curriculum and university, 19 September 2020.
Harvey, C., Hallam, J., Richardson, M. and Wells, R. (2019). Reconnecting children with nature: an extended framework for practitioners. Presented at Nature Connections 2019, University of Derby.
Harvey, C. Maratos, F., Montague, J., Gale, M., Gilbert, T. and Clarke, K. (2019). Embedding the Compassionate Micro-Skills of Communication in Higher Education. Presented at the University of Derby, Festival of Learning, July 2019.
Harvey, C. Maratos, F., Montague, J., Gale, M., Gilbert, T. and Clarke, K. (2019). Developing compassionate micro skills of communication to facilitate group work with undergraduate psychology students. Presented at the British Psychological Society Education Section Conference, 2019, Manchester.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. and Gould, D. (2018). Play Wild works! An evaluation of nature-based taster sessions for low-income families. Presented at Nature Connections 2018, University of Derby.
Holland, F and Harvey, C. (2017). Successfully evaluating your project: A workshop for practitioners. Presented at Nature Connections 2017, University of Derby.
Huggins, T. and Harvey, C. (2017). The influence of gender, environmental concern and general ecological behaviour on green buying in developing countries; Implications for behaviour change. Poster presented at Nature Connections 2017, University of Derby.
Birdsall, K. and Harvey, C. (2016). The impact of walking environment and connectedness to Nature, Mindfulness and Empathy: A comparison of natural and urban locations. Presented to Nature Connections 2016, University of Derby.
Harvey, C. (2016). The impact of a “3 good things” in nature writing intervention on nature connection in children. Presented at Nature Connections 2016, University of Derby.
Experience in industry
During my time working in the public sector for the police and local authority, I gained considerable experience in project management and partnership working.
I recently worked on "Play Wild" a Heritage Lottery-funded project with a range of partner organisations. The aim of the project was to encourage families with young children, who live in relatively deprived areas, to spend more time playing outdoors in nature. Working with Dr Fiona Holland, from the University of Derby, our role was to ensure the project was effectively evaluated.
I am currently working on a number of evaluation and research projects including:
Harvey, C., Sheffield, D., Richardson., & Wells, R. (2023). Three Good Things in Nature: The impact on Nature connectedness, pro-nature conservation behaviour, life satisfaction and mindfulness in children. Ecopsychology, 15, 1, 26-36.http://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2022.0014
Maratos, F. A., Hurst, J., Harvey, C. & Gilbert, P. (2022). Embedding Compassion in Schools: The What’s, the Why’s and the How’s. In Applied Positive School Psychology: Practical Guide for Educators (Eds Giraldez-Hayes, A. & Burke, J.). London/New York: Routledge
Harvey, C. & Holland, F. (2023). Wild Tots and Wild Babies: An evaluation report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Derby UK: University of Derby.
Holland, F. & Harvey, C. & Furlong, R. (2023). Young Wardens’ Voices: An Evaluation Report for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Holland, F., Harvey, C., Gibson, S. & Furlong, R. (2023). Evaluation Report for Generation Green. Assessing the Impact of Single Day Short Courses for Young People. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Holland, F., Harvey, C., Gibson, S. & Furlong, R. (2023). Evaluation Report for Generation Green. Assessing the Impact of Short Residential Courses for Young People. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. & Furlong, R. (2022). A summary report of the four Wildlife Trust projects funded by Cadent. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. & Furlong, R. (2022). Creating Nature Networks in North Manchester. An Evaluation Report for The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. & Furlong, R. (2022). Natural Connections. An Evaluation Report for Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. & Furlong, R. (2022). Wild at Heart. An Evaluation Report for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Harvey, C., Holland, F. & Furlong, R. (2022). Wild Wellbeing Hub. An Evaluation Report for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Holland, F. & Harvey, C. (2022). Evaluation Report: Impact of a two day ‘Introduction to Motivational Interviewing’ training. Derby UK; University of Derby.
Harvey, C and Holland, F. (2017). Play Wild evaluation report. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Lumber, R., Hunt, A., Richardson, M. and Harvey, C. (2017). Nature Connections 2016. Conference Report: Implications for Research and Practice. Derby, UK: University of Derby.
Richardson, M., Sheffield, D., Harvey, C. and Petronzi, D. (2015). The Impact of Children’s Connection to Nature. A Report for the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB). University of Derby and RSPB.