Dr Amy Burton

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I graduated from Staffordshire university with a first class degree in Psychology and went on to complete the MSc in Health Psychology. Following this I completed a PhD investigating the impact and experience of living with age related macular degeneration at Aston University. Alongside my PhD I worked as a Research Associate at Manchester University and then as a Research Associate at Aston University co-ordinating a project exploring the impact of vision impairment on older people’s ability to manage their general health. In 2013 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University and went on to complete the BPS stage 2 training in Health Psychology enabling me to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
  • Health Psychologist registered with the HCPC
  • Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology

Academic qualifications

Certificate in Counselling (2023)

Certificate in Research Supervision (2017)

BPS Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology (2013-2015)

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (2013-2014)

PhD Health Science: Quality of Life and Wellbeing in Older Patients with Macular Degeneration: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study (2009-12)

MSc Health Psychology, Staffordshire University BSc Psychology, Staffordshire University


  • I have expertise in health psychology and behavioural science.
  • My research methods expertise is in the use of qualitative methods (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and Grounded Theory), systematic reviews, and qualitative meta-synthesis.
  • I have a specialised research interest and expertise in the use of photo elicitation

Research interests

Understanding and improving breastfeeding rates, support and maternal care.

Improving health experiences in a range of areas including gerontology, pain management, visual impairment and sensory disability.

The use of photo elicitation to explore and improve health experiences. Quality of life and wellbeing in older people.


Burton, A. E. & Davies J. VTCT Career Development Studentship. Improving the self-image of young people with cleft: A photovoice participatory research project. VTCT Foundation, £70,000, September 2023. - Burton, A. E. PhD Studentship: Improving health services for people with Hereditary Angioedema, HAE UK, £70,000, September 2023 - Burton, A. E. Connected Communities Participatory Action Research, Staffordshire University, £1,000, April, 2023. - Povey, R., & Burton, A. E. A World Café to establish priorities for ending diabetes stigma. Staffordshire University Centre for Psychological Research Strategic Investment Fund, £700, March 2023. - Owen, A., Taylor, J., & Burton, A. E. Experiences of breastfeeding twins/multiples in UK parents. British Psychological Society, Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme, £2,000, June 2022. - Burton, A. E., et al. “A Breastfeeding World Café Event to Inform Policy”. Staffordshire University Policy Impact Fund, £5,000, March 2022. - Burton, A. E., Owen, A., Herron, D., & Elliott, J. & Diwakar, L. “Understanding the lived experience of Hereditary Angioedema”. HAE UK, £9,000, September 2021. 

Enterprise and commercial interests

Design and delivery of workshops in qualitative research methods and healthcare communication.


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychology and Health Psychology Qualitative Research Methods Professional Doctorate and PhD Supervision

Postgraduate supervision

  • Supervisor on the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

PhD Supervision:

Completed: Doreen Fleet, “Transformation hidden in the sand; developing a theoretical framework using a sand-tray intervention with adult clients”. 2013-2019 (Co-Supervisor with Dr Mani Das Gupta and Dr Andrew Reeves).


Latest publications: Burton Lindsay-Wiles, I., Herron, D., Owen, A., Elliott, J., Metcalfe, A & Diwakar, L. (2023). Hereditary Angioedema patient experiences of medication use and emergency care. Journal of International Emergency Nursing Eliza, J & Burton, A. E. (2023). Exploring Vegan Mothers’ Experiences of Making Food Choices for Infants and Young Children Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour. Kapadi, R., Elander, J., Burton A. et al. (2023). An Exploration of Successful Psychosocial Adjustment to Long-Term In-Centre Hemodialysis. Psychology and Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2023.2231007 . Renshaw, J., & Burton, A. (2023). “I don’t know if I understood the whole process from the beginning”: A photo-elicitation exploration of the experience of mastectomy and breast reconstruction decision making. Patient Education and Counselling - Innovation Broadley, L., Burton, A. & Mistri, D. K (2023). Sharing in people’s pain is not an easy thing to do”: Cognitive Behavioural Therapists’ experiences and understandings of compassion. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. Burton, A., Elliott, J. (2022). A mixed methods exploration of a pilot photo-reflection intervention for enhancing coping and well-being during COVID-19. The Arts in Psychotherapy. Nettleton, J., Burton, A., & Povey, R. (2022). “No-one realises what we go through as Type 1s”: A qualitative photo-elicitation study on coping with diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2022.109876 Burton, A, Taylor, J., Owen, A., Renshaw, J., Williams, L & Dean, S (2022). A photo-elicitation exploration of UK mothers' experiences of extended breastfeeding, Appetite. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105814 Burton, A. E., Taylor, J., Swain, S. et al (2021). Why do pregnant mothers make the intention to mixed-feed their babies? The British Journal of Midwifery. 30, 1. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2022.30.1.20 

External profiles

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021