Staff profile

Daniel Gaffiero

Lecturer in Health Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As a former undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Derby, I graduated with BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2017 and an MSc in Health Psychology in 2018. My PhD concerned the examination of cognitive biases in acute and chronic pain populations, to understand if:

  1. These biases exist
  2. A single instance of pain is sufficient to influence these biases, and
  3. How these biases may change over time

Since 2019, I have been an Associate Lecturer at the University, and in June 2022 took up the position of Lecturer in Health Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

My current teaching responsibilities include:

I have experience teaching across a range of undergraduate Psychology modules, including those pertaining to Cognitive Psychology, Health Psychology and Research Methods.

Research interests

My main research interests concern the study of mental processes (attention, interpretation and memory) in acute and chronic pain populations. Specifically, the way in which these populations attend to, interpret, recall and recognise pain-related information – given these ‘cognitive biases’ have been implicated in the aetiology and maintenance of chronic pain. To investigate cognitive biases, I have experience utilising a variety of experimental paradigms (e.g., emotional-stroop, visual-probe, free-viewing) and psychophysiological methods (reaction time and eye-tracking).

Given cognitive biases are not exclusive to pain populations, I am also interested in applying these experimental paradigms and psychophysiological methods to other areas within Health and Cognitive Psychology (e.g., mathematics anxiety).

Membership of professional bodies

Midlands Health Psychology Network - Deputy Chair.


Recent conferences

Over the past few years, I have presented my work pertaining to attentional biases in pain at the British Psychological Society's Joint Cognitive and Developmental Conference (poster presentation). Moreover, I attended the East Midlands Doctoral Network to present my PhD research exploring cognitive biases in pain as part of the three minute thesis (3MT) competition.

Recent publications