Staff profile

Dr Jenny Hallam

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a critical Developmental Psychologist who specialises in qualitative methods. I have a long-standing research interest in the arts and exploring the ways in which the co-production of artwork in educational settings shapes children’s understanding and experiences of the visual arts. More recently, I have adopted a Community Psychology approach and established research collaborations with the Positive Birth Movement, YMCA Derbyshire and Urban Wilderness. During these projects, I used my research expertise to evidence the ways in which interventions run by these organisations supported people's wellbeing.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach qualitative research methods on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. This teaching focuses on how we can explore people's experiences through analysing talk and written text. 

My other main teaching commitments centre on Developmental Psychology and I teach this subject area at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Within my teaching, I specifically focus on attachment, the role of the family in shaping child development and children's artistic development. 

Research interests

My research interests centre on the ways in which children and young people co-create art in educational contexts and the role that different education systems have in shaping children's experiences and understandings of art.

More recently, I have been involved in Community Psychology project with Urban Wilderness. This is an ongoing research collaboration, which seeks to understand the roles that nature and the arts have in community projects designed to support the wellbeing of children and young people living in areas of deprivation.


Recent conferences

Recent publications

Blog Posts

University of Derby Psychology Lecturer Jenny Hallam explains how art encouraged children to appreciate the beauty and diversity of their local park

Nature connectedness

Jenny Hallam, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, looks at the benefits of nature in tackling childhood obesity and other issues

Children's Art Week - the arts in child development

To coincide with Children's Art Week (9-16 June), Jenny Hallam, psychology lecturer at the University of Derby, talks about how the arts can support children's development

Pregnant woman with hands on stomach

Recently the NHS announced they aim to recruit 3000 extra midwives to enable pregnant women to be supported by the same midwives throughout pregnancy.