Staff profile

Dr Elaina Taylor

Lecturer in Psychology

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College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre





I am a Chartered Psychologist and Health Psychologist. I am also a Lecturer and Researcher in Psychology at the University of Derby. I held the role of Deputy Chair of the Ethics Committee at the University of Derby Online (2020-2021). I was the Academic Lead of the MSc Health Psychology Programme between January 2021-January 2022.

I completed a PhD in Psychology from King's College London. My research examined the experiences of patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing procedural treatments, with a focus on the understanding quality of life, anxiety, and depression, in the context of the Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation. During my PhD, I contributed to teaching statistics in the iBSc Psychology programme at King's College London.

Prior to the University of Derby, I held a role as Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Suffolk (BSE campus), where I taught for eight years. During this time, I held the position of Interim Course Leader. I was Module Leader for BSc Psychology modules, including Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Psychology and Society, Health Psychology, and Introduction to Applied Psychology. 

In my earlier academic career, I completed an MSc in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, where my thesis focused on stress and coping strategies. Prior to this, I completed a BA (Hons) in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Leicester.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently teaching modules on the MSc Health Psychology, MSc Psychology and BSc Psychology.

Professional interests

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests. Currently, my research interests relate to the experiences of individuals with cardiovascular illness. In particular, my current focus is on interventions aimed at improving well-being in patients with arrhythmias.

I am also interested in a range of health-related outcomes in individuals with other long-term conditions, including quality of life, depression, anxiety, clinical (medical) outcomes, and adherence to medication. Additionally, my interests relate to the role of positive psychology interventions in improving these outcomes.

My wider research interests relate to health behaviour change, including promoting healthier lifestyles, stress and coping, and digital interventions aimed at improving well-being. I have recently gained a greater interest in cross-cultural perspectives of health and illness.

My background is in mixed-methods research, and I am interested in using different research methods and analysis. Previously, this has included qualitative studies examining the experiences of cardiovascular patients (thematic analysis with elements of grounded theory), cross-sectional designs (modification and validation of questionnaires, using cluster analysis to group key characteristics in a sample) and longitudinal quantitative designs (predictions using multilevel modelling).

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