Staff profile

Professor James Elander

Professor of Health Psychology


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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


Recent conferences

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Cross, A., Sheffield, D. & Elander, J. (2017). Forget cancer let's MOVE: a behaviour change support model for physical activity for young people during and after cancer. Health Psychology Update, 26 (2), 17-25. 

Elander, J., Richardson, C., Morris, J., Robertson, G. & Schofield, M.B. (2017). Motivational and behavioral models of change: a longitudinal analysis of change among men with chronic hemophilia-related joint pain. European Journal of Pain, 21 (8), 1384-1396.

Elander, J., Said, O., Maratos, F.A., Dys, A., Collins, H. & Schofield, M.B. (2017). Development and validation of a short-form Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire (PMAQ-14). Pain, 158, 3, 400-407.

Cheung, K.Y.F., Stupple, E.J.N. & Elander, J. (2017). Development and validation of the Student Attitudes and Beliefs about Authorship Scale (SABAS): A psychometrically robust measure of authorial identity. Studies in Higher Education, 42, 97-114. Published online April 2015.

Stupple, A., Maratos, F.A., Elander, J., Hunt, T.E., Cheung, K.Y. & Aubeeluck, A.V. (2017). Development of the Critical Thinking Toolkit for Psychology (CriTTPsych): a measure of student attitudes and beliefs about critical thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 23, 90-100.