Staff profile

Dr Gulcan Garip

Academic Lead in Psychology

Gulcan Garip




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre





I am the Academic Lead for the MSc and PG Diploma Psychology programmes and I teach on the MSc Health Psychology programme. I am a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. After completing my PhD and Stage 2 training in health psychology in 2013, I held a lecturer post in psychology in Cyprus before moving to Derby. I am a mixed methods researcher interested in evaluating nature-based and digital behavioural interventions for improving wellbeing and quality of life in people with long-term physical conditions and informal caregivers. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Research interests

Digital behaviour change interventions for the self-management of health and illness; sexual health; online learning; health and wellbeing; workplace wellbeing; qualitative methods; mixed methods.

Membership of professional bodies


Additional interests and activities

Hiking, yoga, TED talks, travelling, playing the ukulele, & juggling.

Recent publications


Blog Posts

To illustrate online learning

Dr Gulcan Garip and Sanju Rusara Seneviratne detail their research of self-regulated online learning and offer advice for both students and educators


Dr Gulcan Garip, Health Psychologist at the University of Derby, offers some top tips to help make the most of your days whilst in self-isolation.

Close-up of woman's eye

Dr Gulcan Garip, Health Psychologist at the University of Derby Online Learning, is researching how people cope with Retinitis Pigmentosa and what this means for their vision-related quality of life.