Job Title and Responsibilities
Lecturer in Psychology
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.
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
My expertise lies in qualitative research and in the application of a critical social psychological approach to exploring body image related health risk behaviours.
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.
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.
I contribute to the following undergraduate modules:
Perspectives in Psychology
Understanding the Social World
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
ContactDr Jennifer Taylor
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise
t: 01782 295950