Staff profile

Dr Fiona Holland

Senior Lecturer, Psychology


Psychology and Counselling


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the health and wellbeing pathway leader for the MSc in Behaviour Change. I 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 also supervise undergraduate, masters and doctoral research projects.

Professional interests

I am part of the Health & Wellbeing Research cluster and the Nature Connectedness Research group.

Research interests

My research interests all sit within health and well-being. I am particularly interested in:

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate Qualifications

Postgraduate Qualifications 

Research Qualifications 

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

After completing my masters' degree in Minnesota, I spent 16 years working in a variety of health and wellbeing roles in the US. I was Assistant Director for employee wellness at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and then became a lead instructor at the Body Therapy Institute, a nationally recognised training school for massage therapists in North Carolina. I created a integrated wellness programme for a large retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC and also ran my own wellness consultancy and massage practice for 9 years.

I returned to the UK in 2006 to teach in HE at the University of Derby's Buxton campus within their Sport, Health and Exercise team and joined the Psychology department in 2013. I continue to be involved in behaviour change in practice and run a weekly nordic walking group in the Peak District, supporting people to become more active and connected to nature (and each other).

International experience

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 collaborated with research colleagues from overseas and enjoy cross-disciplinary working.

Additional interests and activities

I am the chair of the Buxton tennis club, a member of the High Peak Triathlon Club, teach Nordic Walking and also enjoy training and riding horses using natural horsemanship techniques.

Recent publications