I am a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology department, supporting both undergraduate, masters and PhD level students in modules and research projects that link with health, and wellbeing. I am actively engaged in research and I have particular interest in body image, nature connections, behaviour change and positive psychology. I also work in academic enterprise, leading workshops and trainings for applied professionals and postgraduate researchers.
I am the health and wellbeing pathway leader for the MSc in Behaviour Change. I teach applied behaviour change interventions and positive psychology modules on the MSc. I also teach on both the undergraduate psychology programme and the MSc health psychology programme, particularly in the areas of qualitative research methods, professional applications of psychology, motivational interviewing, body image and psychological wellbeing. I supervise undergraduate, masters and doctoral research projects.
My research interests all sit within health and well-being. I am part of the Centre for Psychological Research and the Nature Connectedness Research group.
I am particularly interested in:
- Behaviour Change
- Body esteem
- Breast cancer and body image
- Benefits of well-being interventions on psychological health
- Occupational well-being
- Qualitative research.
I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects, and have a particular interest in qualitative projects that explore the lived experiences of participants. I have expertise in Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and interview-based approaches. I am also interested in Photo-elicitation methods. For PhD projects, I can also supervise mixed methods projects. I am available for external examining for IPA doctoral projects. Please email me if you would like to explore a research idea.
Membership of professional bodies
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Experience in industry
After completing my masters' degree in Minnesota, I spent 16 years working in a variety of health and well-being roles in the US including directing wellness programmes for University employees and at a large retirement community. I also had my own wellness-based business for 9 years in North Carolina.
I have experience working collaboratively with professionals in a variety of industries and charities. These include evaluation work for the Derbyshire and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts, research collaboration with Breast Cancer Care, and consultancy work with BAE.
I continue to be involved in behaviour change in practice outside of my academic role. I do behaviour change consultancy work, and run a weekly nordic walking group in the Peak District, supporting people to become more active and connected to nature (and each other).
Please contact me if you are interested in working collaboratively on a project.
I studied, worked and taught in the USA for 16 years. I have also taught in Finland on an Erasmus Exhange programme for a University 'health & wellbeing' summer school.
I have been an invited speaker in the USA, and have presented research and trainings internationally.
I have collaborated with research colleagues from overseas and enjoy cross-disciplinary working.
I have been an invited speaker for a variety of media outlets including BBC Radio Derby, Radio Nottingham and Radio Sheffield. My work has also been featured in the mainstream press.
For my complete research profile, please visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fiona_Holland
Holland, F, Peterson, K & Archer, S. (2018) Thresholds of size: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of childhood messages around food, body, health and weight. Journal of Critical Dietetics. February, 4 (1), 25-35 http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622747
Archer, S., Holland, F. & Montague, J. (2016) Do you mean I’m not whole?’ Exploring the role of support in women’s experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction. Journal of Health Psychology, 1359105316664135.
Holland, F (2016) Reading between the lines. International Therapist, 118, 42-43.
Holland, F (2016) Choosing not to reconstruct- post mastectomy: Exploring younger women’s experiences. Nursing Network News, Breast Cancer Care UK.
Holland, F, Archer, S & Montague, J (2014) Younger women’s experiences of deciding against delayed breast reconstruction post-mastectomy following breast cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis Journal of Health Psychology
Holland, F. (2014). Teaching in Higher Education: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Sage Research Methods Cases. London: Sage.
McLaren, N.,Mackereth, P., Hackman, E.and Holland, F. (2014) Working out of the ‘toolbox’: an exploratory study with complementary therapists in acute cancer care. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
Wagstaff, C., Jeong, H., Nolan, M., Wilson, A., Tweedlie, J., Phillips, E., Senu H. & Holland, F. (2014). The accordion and the deep bowl of spaghetti: Eight researchers’ experiences of using IPA as a methodology TheQualitative Report, 19. 47: 1-15, p.7-9.
Holland, F. (2007) ‘Bringing the Body to Life: Using Multiple Intelligence Theory in the Classroom’. SportEx Dynamics (14) 1, p.6-8.