Dr Jennifer Taylor

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Qualitative Psychological Research Methods

Level 4 Tutor
Placement Year Course Leader
Ethics Reviewer

About Me

I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in January 2018.  Prior to this I worked as a Lecturer (2016-2017) and Teaching Fellow at Keele University (2014-2016, 2017-2018).  I completed my BSc Psychology undergraduate degree and MSc in Psychology of Health and Wellbeing at Keele, and then went on to complete my PhD in 2015.  My PhD (entitled Making sense of sunbed tanning: A social representations approach) was supervised by Dr Alex Lamont and Professor Michael Murray and examined by Professor Sarah Grogan and Professor Helene Joffe.  In 2016, I was awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Keele University and am now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Alongside my PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant on a project exploring the knowledge and attitudes of mothers in Staffordshire towards cervical screening and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination.  I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and I’m also a member of the editorial board for the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Bulletin.

Qualifications

PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Keele University, 2016

PhD (Thesis - Making sense of sunbed tanning: A social representations approach) completed in 2015 and awarded by Keele University in 2016

MSc in Psychology of Health and Well-being, Keele University, 2011

BSc (Dual Honours) Psychology and Criminology, Keele University, 2007

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Graduate member of the Division of Health Psychology and Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMIP) section of the British Psychological Society

  • QMIP Editorial board member

Expertise

My expertise is in health psychology, especially body-image related health psychology research.  My research methods expertise is in qualitative methods. I have experience in using a wide range of qualitative methods including, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and online data collection.

Research Interests

My main research interest is in body image, particularly its influence on health risk-taking behaviour but also body image experiences more generally.  My previous work has focused on exploring how people talk about and justify body image-related health risk behaviours such as sunbed tanning.  More recently, I have become involved in research on the topic of breastfeeding.

Publications

Journals

Taylor, J., Murray, M., & Lamont, A. (2017).  Talking about sunbed tanning: Social representations and identity-work.  Social Science and Medicine, 184, 161-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.020

Taylor, J., Lamont, A., & Murray, M. (2017).  Talking about sunbed tanning in online discussion forums: Assertions and arguments.  Psychology & Health. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2017.1375496

Taylor, J., & Kent, A. (2016). Qualitative psychology forum: Supporting qualitative research in psychology.  The Journal of Academic Development and Education, 5, 54-57.

 

Conferences

Taylor, J., Murray, M., & Lamont, A. (July, 2017). Social representations and discursive-rhetorical psychology: Using online forum data to explore the social representations of health and beauty in the context of sunbed tanning. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Loughborough, UK.

Murray, M., & Taylor, J. (July, 2017).  Social representations of the history of health psychology.  Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Loughborough, UK.

Taylor, J., Lamont, A., & Murray, M. (February, 2015). An ethnographic exploration of two sunbed tanning salons in the UK: Beliefs, behaviours and practices.  Paper presented at the Midlands Health Psychology Network Annual Conference, Derby.

Other

Taylor, J. Book review: Braun, Clarke & Gray, 2017 (eds) Collecting Qualitative Data – A practical guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques (published in September 2018 QMiP issue 26)

 

Current Teaching

Undergraduate modules:

  • Foundations in Psychology (level 4)

  • Perspectives in Psychology (level 4)

  • Introduction to Research Methods (level 4)

  • Understanding the Social World (level 5)

  • Research Assistantship (level 5)

  • Health Psychology (level 6) (module leader)

  • Psychological Interventions (level 6)

Postgraduate

  • Research Methods in Psychology (MSc Conversion)

  • Psychology Research Methods (MSc Health Psychology and MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology)

  • The impact and experience of living with long-term conditions (MSc Health Psychology)

  • Advanced Research Methods in Health Psychology (Professional Doctorate) (Co-module leader)

Supervision

  • Level 6 Project Supervision

  • MSc Health Psychology Dissertation Supervision

  • Personal tutor for level 4, 5 and 6 students

  • Supervisor for placement students

Contact

Dr Jennifer Taylor
School of Life Sciences & Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: 01782 295950
e: jennifer.taylor@staffs.ac.uk