Staff profile

Dr Laura Rayment

Senior Lecturer in Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning



I began working for UDOL in 2014 as an Associate Academic, became a Lecturer in 2016, and am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, working on a range of modules across our Programmes. 

Much of my time is focused managing the first core module on the MSc/PG Dip Psychology Programme (Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology), and helping new students settle into their studies with us.

I have over 18 years experience of working with distance learners of psychology at several different Universities at all levels. Whilst I naturally gravitate toward modules allied to forensic psychology, I have also delivered modules in introductory, social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, and in research methods. I have extensive experience of both individual and small group project supervision, and of using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Prior to this, I worked in prison psychology and was involved in research into the treatment of criminal psychopaths which formed the basis of my PhD. More recently, I have completed postgraduate study into online and distance education and have particular interests in educational technology and MOOCs.

Research interests

My PhD research investigated criminal psychopaths on a cognitive behavioural group work programme in prison and special hospital.

Membership of professional bodies