Staff profile

Professor James Elander


Professor of Health Psychology

Subject

Psychology

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

School of Psychology

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre

ORCiD ID

0000-0001-7665-5482

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 pain medication. I also have a longstanding interest in the psychology of learning and teaching, especially student writing.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach 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 behavioural and psychological aspects of pain management and pain medication use in painful chronic conditions such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease, dysmenorrhea 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 the quality of pain management and people's satisfaction with treatment for pain, especially in hospital. Most recently, I have been conducting research on people's experiences of treatment for end-stage kidney disease with haemodialysis, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the development of support based on psychological models for people receiving haemodialysis.

I am also interested in student learning and academic writing, especially in the transition to university. This includes developing and evaluating interventions that 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

Recent publications

Elander, J., Kapadi, R., Coyne, E., Taal, M., Selby, N., Stalker, K., & Mitchell, K. (2021). Using patient feedback to adapt intervention materials based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people receiving renal dialysis. BMC Urology, 21, Article number 157. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Elander, J., Kapadi, R., & Bateman, A.H. (2021). Patient-reported factors associated with degree of pain medication dependence and presence of severe dependence among spinal outpatients. Pain Management. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Telfer, P., Bestwick, J., Elander, J., Osias, A., Khalid, N., Skene, I., Nzouakou, R., Challands, J., Barroso, F., & Banu, K. (2021). A non-injected opioid analgesia protocol for acute pain crisis in adolescents and adults with sickle cell disease. British Journal of Pain. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2021). Multiple emotions, multiple selves: compassion-focused therapy chair-work. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, 14, e22, 1-17. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Kapadi, R., Elander, J., & Bateman, A.H. (2021). A systematic review of evidence about the role of alexithymia in chronic back pain. Health Psychology Update, 30 (1), 3-13. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Pitrolino, K. & Elander, J. (2021). How to capture research impact: a five-step process. Research Impact Bulletin, 5th November 2021. University of Derby

Elander, J, Chan, A. & Kapadi, R. (2021). A systematic review of findings from controlled trials of psychological interventions for dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain). [Proposal] PROSPERO. CRD42021274185

Clare, E., Elander, J., & Baraniak, A. (2020). How healthcare providers’ own death anxiety influences their communication with patients in end-of-life care: a thematic analysis. Death Studies. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J. & Gilbert, P. (2020). ‘Suddenly you are King Solomon’: Multiplicity, transformation and integration in compassion-focused therapy chairwork. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Whitelegg, V., & Elander, J. (2020). Using the Theoretical Domains Framework to improve access to cervical screening for women with intellectual disabilities. Health Psychology Update, 29 (2), 13-18. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Dhokia, M., Elander, J., Clements, K., & Gilbert, P. (2020). A randomized-controlled pilot trial of an online compassionate mind training intervention to help people with chronic pain avoid analgesic misuse. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34 (7), 726-733. Advance online publication 9th April 2020. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Kapadi, R. & Elander, J. (2020). Pain coping, pain acceptance and analgesic use as predictors of health-related quality of life among women with primary dysmenorrhea. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Vol 246 (March 2020), 40-44. Also available from the University of Derby online research archive

Courses

A seven day pill organiser with some tablets

James Elander, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Derby, explores how to help people with chronic pain reduce reliance on painkillers.

coffe with a shape on the foam

Professor James Elander, Head of Centre for Psychological Research at the University of Derby, talks about caffeine addiction and effect it has on the body.

Person writing on a pad with an orange background

Be it in music or writing, plagiarism – “stealing other’s ideas” – is a complicated and yet serious offence. So how can universities help students improve their writing and avoid it? Professor James Elander, Head of Psychological Research, gives his top tips.

a pile of painkillers in different colours shapes and sizes

Ahead of World Health Day 2017, James Elander, Head of Psychological Research at the University of Derby, discusses new research into painkiller addiction.