Dr Emily Buckley

Head Of Department - Psychology

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am Head of the Psychology Department, and am a registered Health Psychologist. After doing my undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Lincoln, I completed the MSc in Health Psychology at Staffordshire. I then worked as a Research Associate and part-time Lecturer in Health Psychology, whilst completing the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, and soon after started a full-time lecturing position at Staffs.

I was involved in establishing a Post-Graduate sub-committee of the BPS Division of Health Psychology, of which I was the first Chair. I have also been a member of the Division of Health Psychology Committee, Chair of the DHP Continuing Professional Development sub-committee, and a member of the BPS Board of Assessors in Health Psychology.

Professional memberships and activities

I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), a Health Psychologist (Registered with the HCPC), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

I am a Full Member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology, and also an Approved Supervisor and an Assessor for the BPS Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology

Academic qualifications

  • Common Purpose Senior Leadership Programme, 2021
  • Completed ‘Leading For Success’ leadership programme at Staffordshire University in 2013
  • Certificate in CPD: Research Supervision (Distinction), Staffordshire University, 2010
  • PgCert in Higher and Professional Education (Merit), Staffordshire University, 2007
  • Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, Staffordshire University, 2005
  • MSc Health Psychology (Merit), Staffordshire University, 2002
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, 2001


I am a Health Psychologist and most of my research has been within the area of health promotion and health inequalities. I have designed, delivered and evaluated interventions targeting health behaviours within the areas of sexual health and injecting drug use. I have conducted service evaluations and needs assessments for drug treatment services (funded by the Home Office), and have also conducted a health needs assessment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of the West Midlands (partially funded by the Department of Health). I have also conducted systematic literature reviews funded by the Department for Education and Skills and the Learning and Skills Council.

Research interests

I supervise PhD and Professional doctorate students. My research interests focus on health promotion, in particular sexual health, health inequalities, parental attitudes to childhood vaccinations, evaluation of health care service delivery, and reducing the harm associated with intravenous drug use.

Enterprise and commercial interests

  • 2009-10 Working with Dr Mark Forshaw and Professor Sarah Grogan on a service evaluation/needs assessment for smoking cessation services, funded by South Staffordshire PCT.
  • 2009 With Dr Stephen Gallagher and Professor Sarah Grogan; a service evaluation project funded by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
  • 2008-9 I was a consultant to GfKNOP on ‘Healthy Futures’; a tendered project for the DH/COI looking at predictors of health behaviours.
  • 2007 Project management of a tendered literature review into research into work-life balance. This was funded by the Learning and Skills Council (via Adjust the Balance Project, EQUAL funding).
  • 2006 A questionnaire based study into the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of the West Midlands. This work was funded by the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority.
  • 2005 Needs assessment and service evaluation of drug treatment services. Home Office funding.
  • 2003 I worked for Professor David White on a tendered literature review for the Department for Education and Skills.



  • I supervise PhD and Professional Doctorate students within Psychology
  • MSc Health Psychology - I teach on the ‘Applications of Health Psychology’ and ‘Impact and Experience of Long Term Conditions’ modules.
  • Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology - I contribute to the modules ‘Teaching in Health Psychology’, and ‘Research Methods in Health Psychology’.

I have also delivered sessions to post-graduate nurses and allied health professionals on patient’s adjustment to ill health and the psychology of sexual health.


  • Swann-Thomas, B. Fleming, S. & Buckley, EJ. (2021) Etched in the skin: grief on a living canvas memorial tattoos as expressions of grief, Mortality, DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2020.1865893
  • Owen, A. Grogan, S. Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, E. (2018) The impact of an appearance-focussed facial-ageing intervention on adolescents’ attitudes towards sun protection and UV exposure, British Journal of School Nursing.
  • Owen, A. Grogan, S. Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, E. (2016). Effects of an appearance-focussed versus a health-focussed intervention on men's attitudes towards UV exposure, International Journal of Men’s Health, 15(1).
  • Grogan, S. Parlane, V & Buckley, E.J. (2015). Younger British Men’s Understandings of Prostate Cancer: A Qualitative Study, Journal of Health Psychology , 15(4). Doi: 10.1177/1359105315613776.
  • Fern, V. Grogan, S. & Buckley, E.J. (2014). Postpartum Body Image and Baby Feeding Choices: Dealing with the Pressure to Be Slender, British Journal of Midwifery, 22(11), 788-794.
  • Williams, A. Grogan, S, Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, EJ. (2013). British adolescents’ sun protection and UV exposure awareness, British Journal of School Nursing, Vol 8 (9), 2-7.
  • Pulman, J., & Buckley, EJ. (2013). Assessing the efficacy of different upper limb hemi paresis interventions on improving health-related quality of life in stroke patients: a systematic review, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 20(2). doi:10.1310/tsr2002-171.
  • Pulman, J., Buckley, EJ., & Clark-Carter, D. (2013). A meta-analysis evaluating the effectiveness of two different upper limb hemi paresis interventions on improving health-related quality of life following stroke, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 20(2). doi: 10.1310/tsr2002-189.
  • Williams, A. Grogan, S, Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, EJ. (2013). Appearance-based Interventions to Reduce UV Exposure and/or Increase Sun Protection Intentions and Behaviours: A Systematic Review and Meta Analyses, British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(1), 182-217. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02089.x
  • Buckley, E.J. & Cowap, L.J., (2013). Transformation in Assessment and Feedback: An evaluation of the piloted use of Turnitin for electronic submission, marking and as a formative feedback tool from an educator’s perspective, British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(4), 562-570. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12054
  • Fern, V. Buckley, E.J. & Grogan, S. (2012). Women's Experiences of Body Image and Weight Loss After Childbirth: Dealing with the Pressure to Be Slender, British Journal of Midwifery, 20(12), 860-5.
  • Williams, AL., Grogan, S., Buckley, EJ. and Clark-Carter, D. (2012) A qualitative study examining women’s experiences of an appearance-focussed facial-ageing sun protection intervention, Body Image.
  • Gallagher, S. Randall, J. Buckley, E. Punnett, G. Li, E & Grogan, S. (2011): Experiences of adolescent participation in a four-week community-based workshop designed to improve psychosocial skills: what are the key benefits?, Community, Work & Family, DOI:10.1080/13668803.2011.609660
  • Buckley, E.J., White, D.G., Morris, C., Elsmore, M., Morrall, I. A., Silcox, P., Jones, P., Pugh, R.N & Sanderson, P. (2010). The Effects of Community-Based Sexual Health Testing and Health Promotion on Gay Men’s Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviour, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 48(4), 123-8
  • Meads, C., Buckley, E.J. & Sanderson, P. (2007). Ten years of lesbian health survey research in the UK West Midlands. BMC Public Health, 7(251)
  • Buckley, E.J., Sanderson, P., & White, D.G. (2007). Health Needs of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Extend Beyond Sexual Health, Gay & Lesbian Psychology Review 8(2), 116-126
  • Buckley, E.J. (2007). MMR Vaccine. In S.Ayers et al (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2nd Edition). UK: Cambridge University Press
  • Buckley, E.J. & White, D.G. (2007). Review of the Role of External Contributors in School Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education, Health Education. 17(1), 42-62
  • Joseph, A.T., Pallan, M.J., Buckley, E.J., Pugh, N., White, D.G., Morrall, I.A., Morris, C., Chandramani, S. (2007) Syphilis outbreak in Walsall: lessons for control and prevention, International Journal of STD & AIDS, 18, 55-57
  • Theadom, A. & Buckley, E.J. (2006). Achieving the Stage 2 Qualification. Health Psychology Update, 15(3)
  • White, D.G., Buckley, E.J. & Hassan, J. (2004). Literature review on the role of external contributors in school drug, alcohol and tobacco education. London: DfES Research Report RR514.
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