Staff profile

Professor James Elander


Professor of Health Psychology

College

College of Life and Natural Sciences

Department

School of Human Sciences

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

j.elander@derby.ac.uk

About

I am an HCPC-registered (Health Care Professions Council) health psychologist. I conduct research on psychological and behavioural aspects of chronic illness, including pain coping and pain management, and how people use analgesics (painkillers). I also have a longstanding interest in the psychology of learning and teaching, especially student writing.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on undergraduate Psychology final year modules about forensic psychology, educational psychology, addictive behaviours and psychology of pain. I also teach on the MSc Health Psychology and MSc Behaviour Change, and supervise undergraduate, MSc and PhD research.

Research interests

I am interested in the behavioural and psychological aspects of pain management and analgesic use in painful chronic conditions such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease, and chronic headache. This includes developing and evaluating interventions to improve people's self-management of pain, and studies of the interpersonal staff-patient dynamics that affect quality of pain management, especially in hospital.

I am also interested in student learning and academic writing, especially in the transition to university. This includes developing and evaluating interventions help students improve their academic writing and avoid unintentional plagiarism, especially by improving students' 'authorial identity' and their understanding of the assessment criteria for student writing.

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Kapadi, R., Elander, J. & Bateman, T. (2019). Predictors of analgesic dependence among patients with acute or chronic spinal pain. Paper presented at the Society for Back Pain Research annual meeting, Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, 5-6th September 2019

Kapadi, R. & Elander, J. (2019). Pain coping, pain acceptance, and painkiller use as predictors of health-related quality of life among women with primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain). Paper presented at the 15th Midlands Health Psychology Network Conference, Derby Conference Centre, May 2019

Stalker, C., Elander, J., Mitchell, K., Taal, M.W., & Selby, N., Stewart, P. (2019). What aspects of acceptance influence health related quality of life in Haemodialysis patients? Poster presented at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference, 10-11th July 2019, Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

Stalker, C., Mitchell, K., Elander, J., Stewart, P., Taal, M.W., & Selby, N. (2019). The impact of acceptance of illness on quality of life outcomes for haemodialysis patients. Poster presented at the UK Kidney Week Conference, 3rd-5th June 2019, Hilton Brighton Metropole

Telfer, P., Elander, J., Bij, D., Kapadi, R., Schofield, M., Osias, A., Khalid, N., & Kaya, B. (2019). Development and validation of the Satisfaction with Treatment for Pain Questionnaire (STPQ) among people with sickle cell disease. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Scientific meeting of the British Society for Haematology, 1-3rd April 2019

Kapadi, R. & Elander, J. (2017). SCAPE: Evaluation of a measure of patient satisfaction with hospital care. Oral presentation at the annual Derby Learning and Teaching Conference, Buxton, 3rd July 2017

Kapadi, R., Elander, J., Telfer, P. & Osias, A. (2017). Evaluation of a measure of patient satisfaction with hospital care. Poster presented at the annual Derby Learning and Teaching Conference, Buxton, 3rd July 2017

Elander, J., Cheung, K. & Stupple, E. (2017). How can universities help students avoid plagiarism? Paper presented at the University of Derby annual learning and teaching conference, Buxton, 3rd July 2017

Bij, D. & Elander, J. (2017). Psychological barriers affecting Community Pharmacists (CPs) in delivering consultations. An interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Midlands Health Psychology Network, Coventry University, 2nd March 2017.

Experience in industry

Elander, J. (2018). Living with chronic pain: evidence about behavioural and psychological influences. Invited talk at the Haemochromotosis Society annual conference, Novotel Hotel and Conference Centre, Paddington, London, Saturday 14 April 2018

International experience

Elander, J. (2015). Pain management in hemophilia. Invited talk at the Bayer HealthCare Hematology Conference: ‘Today’s challenges guiding tomorrow’s care’, October 15 – 17, 2015. Maritim Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany

Elander, J. (2014). Clinical applications in the field of chronic pain self-management. Invited talk at the APEMAC international conference on Maladies chroniques, santé perçue et processus d’adaptation. Approches épidémiologiques et psychologiques (“Chronic diseases, perceived health, stakes and future”), Universite de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 4-6 June 2014

Elander, J. (2013). Sickle cell disease pain: How can behavioral research inform transitions from pediatric to adult hospital care?Invited plenary lecture at the 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Stockholm, Sweden, 17-20th June, 2013

Recent publications

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2019). ‘A definite feel-it moment’: Embodiment, externalization and emotion during chair-work in compassion-focused therapy. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. Published online early view 8th July 2019. DOI: 10.1002/capr.12248 Also available from the University of Derby online research archive: http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624021

Elander, J., Bij, D., Kapadi, R., Schofield, M.B., Osias, A., Khalid, N., Kaya, B. & Telfer, P. (2019). Development and validation of the Satisfaction with Treatment for Pain Questionnaire (STPQ) among people with sickle cell disease. British Journal of Haematology. Published online early view 23 June 2019. DOI: 10.1111/bjh.16015 Also available from the University of Derby online research archive: http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623953

McEwan, K., Dandeneau, S., Maratos, F., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2019). Searching for compassion in a crowd: evaluation of a novel compassion visual search task to reduce self-criticism. EC Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 8, Issue 5, May 2019. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive: https://derby.openrepository.com/handle/10545/623708

Gaffiero, D., Elander, J. & Maratos, F.A. (2019). Do individuals with Chronic Pain show attentional bias to pain-related information? A mini-systematic review of the eye-tracking evidence. The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin, Issue 4, Spring 2019, 37-44

Said, O., Elander, J. & Maratos, F. (2019). An international study of analgesic dependence among people with pain in the general population. Substance Use and Misuse. Published online 26-March-2019. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive: https://derby.openrepository.com/handle/10545/623713

Tregidgo, C. & Elander, J. (2019). The invisible child: sibling experiences of growing up with a brother with severe haemophilia - an interpretative phenomenological analysisHaemophilia, 25 (1), 84-91

Elander, J. (2019). Haemophilia.  In S. McManus, S. Newman, K. Petrie, K., T.A. Revenson, & J. Weinman (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (3rd Ed), pp 507-508. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-316-62587-3. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive: http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623798

Elander, J. (2019). Sickle cell disease. In C.D. Llewellyn, S. Ayers, C. McManus, S. Newman, K.J. Petrie, T.A. Revenson, & J. Weinman (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (3rd Ed), pp. 585-587. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-316-62587-3. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive: http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623797

Telfer, P., Kaya B., Oasis, A., Khalid, N., Cipriano, B., Bij, D., Kapadi, R., Schofield, M., Elander, J. (2019). Development and Validation of the Satisfaction with Treatment for Pain Questionnaire (STPQ) among people with sickle cell disease, British Society for Haematology Annual Scientific Meeting, Glasgow, U.K., 2019. British Journal of Haematology. Vol 185, Issue S1, PO-134. Available from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/13652141/2019/185/S1

Stalker, C., Elander, J., Mitchell, K., Taal, M.W., Selby, N. & Stewart, P. (2018). What is acceptance, and how could it affect health outcomes for people receiving renal dialysis?  Health Psychology Update, 27 (2), 17-23 

McEwan, K., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2018). Evaluation of a web-based self-compassion intervention to reduce student assessment anxietyInterdisciplinary Education and Psychology, 2(1), 6

Finlay, K.A., Peacock, S. & Elander, J. (2018). Successful social support: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of mechanisms and processes in a chronic pain support group. Psychology and Health. Published online January 2018

Kapadi, R. & Elander, J. (2018). Evaluation of a measure of Sickle Cell Disease patients’ satisfaction with hospital care - A student researcher’s perspective. Health Psychology Update, 27 (2), 5-8

Elander, J. and others (2018). Chronic pain. In J. Howard (Ed.), Standards for the Clinical Care of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease in the UK, 2nd Edition. Sickle Cell Society. Available from https://www.sicklecellsociety.org/sicklecellstandards/

Elander, J. (2018). Painkiller addiction. Positive Health Online: Integrated Medicine for the 21st Century, issue 246, May 2018. http://www.positivehealth.com/issue/issue-246-may-2018