Dr Jennifer Taylor

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

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 both my BSc Psychology undergraduate degree and MSc in Psychology of Health and Well-being at Keele, and completed my PhD at Keele University 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 research 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 also sit on the editorial board for the Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMIP) section of the BPS.

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 lies in qualitative research and in the application of a critical social psychological approach to exploring body image related health risk behaviours.

Research Interests

My research interests are in exploring health risk behaviours, particularly those which have potentially negative, identity implications, such as sunbed tanning.  Related to this, I am interested in body image and its influence on health-risk taking behaviour, particularly for women but also for men.  I am especially interested in how people talk about such behaviours in light of the associated risks.  Theoretically, I draw upon critical, social psychological theory to explore these health-related topics.  Methodologically, I use and have experience in using a wide range of qualitative research methods including, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and online data collection.

Publications

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.

Current Teaching

I contribute to the following undergraduate modules:

  • Perspectives in Psychology

  • Understanding the Social World

  • Health Psychology

  • Psychology Project

I also contribute to the following postgraduate modules:

  • MSc Core Issues in Health Psychology

  • MSc in Health Psychology Research Methods

  • Professional Doctorate – Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

Contact

Dr Jennifer Taylor
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: 01782 295950
e: jennifer.taylor@staffs.ac.uk