Dr Caroline Harvey

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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I am a lecturer in Psychology, a Discipline Area which sits within the College of Life and Natural Science. In this role I teach on a range of undergraduate modules on both the BSc and Joint Honours Psychology programmes. 

I am also an active researcher and work as part of a team who are interested in the concept of Nature Connection. 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.

In addition to this I am also working as part of a research team investigating the relationship between different types of belief, wellbeing and individual differences in personality. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach campus based and online students at undergraduate and masters level.  I am the Level 5 Leader for our undergraduate campus based psychology programmes and a personal tutor.  I am also the Module Leader for Psychology in the Modern World 4PS502. 

I teach on the following modules:

  • Does Psychology Matter 4PS501
  • Psychology in the Modern World 4PS502
  • Skills and Careers in Psychology (1) 4PS519
  • Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences 5PS509
  • Skills and Careers in Psychology (2) 5PS532
  • Psychology Research Project 6PS541
  • Psychology Research Project 6PS519
  • Research Project (Diploma Exit) 7PS505
  • Masters Research Project 7PS999.

I also teach short courses on Introduction to Quantitative Research and Statistics using IBM SPSS.

Professional interests

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 4 years, in various roles including Research Assistant, Head of Market Research and Acting Head of Performance Standards and Review. Following this, I worked for 7 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 personality and individual differences and quantitative research methods. I also develop and run short courses such as Introduction to Quantitative Research and Statistical Analysis using IBM SPSS.

Research interests

My current research interests are focussed on nature connectedness in children and adults and the relationship between nature connectedness and wellbeing. I am currently working on research projects which explore these relationships and am interested in finding out more about ways to help increase people's connection with nature.

Other research interests are focussed around the measurement of individual differences and scale development and I am currently conducting research which examines the relationship between individual differences in personality, different types of belief, well being and existential anxiety.  

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the British Psychological Society (GBR)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate Qualifications 

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Social Science, University of Derby

Research Qualifications

PhD on the relationship between alcohol consumption and smoking, University of Derby

Post Graduate Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Recent publications

Haynes, C. A., Miles, J. N. V. and Clements, K. (2000). A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Two Models of Sensation Seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 29, 5, 823-839.

Richardson, M., Sheffield, D., Harvey, C. and Petronzi, D. (2015). The Impact of Children’s Connection to Nature.  A Report for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).  University of Derby and RSPB.

Recent conferences

Bills, R. and Harvey, C. A.  (2015).  Children’s well-being and nature connectedness: Exploring the impact of a ‘3-good-things’ writing task on nature connectedness and well-being. Poster presentation to the University of Derby Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference, 2015. 

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. and Richardson, M. (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 a local authority I gained considerable experience in project management and partnership working.  I am currently working on "Play Wild" a Heritage Lottery funded project with a range of partner organisations.  The aim of the project is 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 is to ensure the project is effectively evaluated. 

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