Staff profile

Dr Elaina Taylor

Senior 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 Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby. I completed my PhD at King's College London. My research examined the experiences of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undertaking procedural treatments, with a focus on understanding the predictors of quality of life, anxiety, and depression, in the context of the Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation. 

Prior to the University of Derby, I held a role as Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Suffolk (BSE campus), where I taught on-campus 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.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across psychology programmes including:

Professional interests

Research interests

I have diverse research interests including:

My background is in mixed-methods research. I am interested in using different research methods and analyses. 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).

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

Currently I am a member of the following committees:

Previously held roles:

Recent publications

Journal articles



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Dr Elaina Taylor, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, outlines a few achievable suggestions to improve your heart health.