Staff profile

Dr Caroline Harvey

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Caroline Harvey




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior 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 also teach on some of our MSc programmes. 

I am an active researcher and have interests in a number of different areas including nature connection; compassion; and individual differences.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach campus based students at undergraduate and masters level.  I am the Empllyability Lead for psychology, 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 and Skills and Careers in Psychology 5PS532. 

I teach on the following modules:

I also teach on the MSc Behaviour Change programme and deliver short courses relating to evaluation, quantitative research methods and statistics and Wellbeing in the Workplace.

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 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 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, and Introduction to Evaluation.

Research interests

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. Additionally, I am working with colleagues to develop a measure of Parental Self-Efficacy in relation to Nature Connection and spending time in nature. This will provide a useful tool for future evaluation projects in this area. 

I also have research interests in relation to compassion within education .  I am currently leading a research project which aims to embed the compassionate micro skills of 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.  

I am also working with Dr Frances Maratos to develop a short course focussed on improving Wellbeing in the Workplace.  This will be delivered from September 2020 onwards. 

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



Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications 

Research qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

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. (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.  

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., 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.

Harvey, C. Maratons, F., Montague, J., Gale, M., Gilbert, T. and Clarke, K.  (2019). Developing compassionate micro skills of communicaiton to facilitate group work with undergraduate psycholoyg students. Presented at the British Psychological Society Education Section Conference, 2019, Manchester. 

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.

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 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.

Dr Fiona Holland and I are now working on a new project to evaluate a series of initiatives being delivered by Suffolk Wildlife Trust as part of their Heritage Lottery Funded project at Carlton Marshes in Suffolk. 

Recent publications

Peer reviewed journal 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.

Hallam J., Gallagher, L. and Harvey (in press). ‘We’ve been exploring and adventuring.’ An investigation into young people’s engagement with a semi-wild, disused space. The Humanistic Psychologist.

Harvey, C., Hallam J., Richardson M., and Wells. R. (in press). The good things children notice in nature: An extended framework for reconnecting children with nature. Urban forestry and Urban Greening.

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.

Other publications:

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.

children's hands and feet in a team circle

Dr Caroline Harvey and Dr Frances Maratos explore the impact of the pandemic on group working.