Dr Jennifer Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Prior to working at Staffordshire, I worked as a Lecturer, Teaching Fellow, and Research Assistant at Keele University.  I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at Keele, being successfully awarded my PhD (entitled Making sense of sunbed tanning: A social representations approach) in 2016, which was examined by Professor Sarah Grogan and Professor Helene Joffe. In 2016, I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in January 2018 and was delighted to be appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2021, in which she teaches and supervises on various undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as being the first year and placement year tutor.  

Professional memberships and activities

  • Chartered member of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Keele University
  • PhD, Keele University
  • MSc Psychology of Health & Wellbeing, Keele University
  • BSc (Dual Honours) Psychology & Criminology, Keele University


I am a qualitative researcher with expertise in using a variety of qualitative data collection methods and analytic approaches.

Research interests

I am a qualitative researcher with specific research interests in the following areas: body image, mindfulness, maternal health, breastfeeding beliefs, and experiences, as well as women's health more generally.


I teach and supervise on various undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including module leadership on our MSc Health Psychology and Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology courses.


Taylor, J., Nailer, E., Cohen, C.R., Redman, C. W.E., & Sherman, S.M. (2022). HPV vaccination and cervical screening: the knowledge and attitudes of mothers of adolescent girls. Psychology & Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2022.2081327

Rose, S., Gears, A., & Taylor, J. (2022). What are parents’ and children’s co-constructed views on mobile phone use and policies in schools? Children & Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12583

Darcy, P.M., Taylor, J., Mackay., L., Ellis, N.J., & Gidlow, C.J. (2022) Understanding the Role of Nature Engagement in Supporting Health & Wellbeing during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073908

Burton, A.E., Taylor, J., Owen, A.L., Renshaw, J.E., Williams, L.R., & Dean, S.E. (2021). A photo-elicitation exploration of UK mothers’ experiences of extended breastfeeding. Appetite, 169(1), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105814

Burton, A., Taylor, J., Swain, S., Heyes, J., Cust, F., & Dean, S. (2021). A qualitative exploration of mixed feeding intentions in first-time mothers. British Journal of Midwifery, 30(1), 20-29.

Owen, A., & Taylor, J. (2021). The body image experiences of women working within the beauty industry: A thematic analysis of online survey and interview responses. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 10(8), 358-363. https://doi.org/10.12968/joan.2021.10.8.358

Griffiths, E., Owen., A., & Taylor, J. (2021). Girlguides’ awareness of and attitudes towards sun risks and sun-protective behaviours. British Journal of Child Health, 2(3), 129-135. https://doi.org/10.12968/chhe.2021.2.3.129

Riley, V., Ellis, N., Mackay, L., & Taylor, J. (2021). The impact of covid-19 restrictions on women’s pregnancy and postpartum experience in England: A qualitative exploration. Midwifery, 101, 103061. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2021.103061

Oliver, M., Rodham, K., Taylor, J., & McLver, C. Understanding the psychological and social influences on office workers taking breaks: A thematic analysis. Psychology & Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2020.1764954

Taylor, J., Lamont, A., & Murray, M. (2018). Talking about sunbed tanning in online discussion forums: Assertions and arguments, Psychology & Health. 33(4), 518-536.

Taylor, J., Murray, M., & Lamont, A. (2017). Talking about sunbed tanning: Social representations and identity-work. Social Science and Medicine, 184, 161-168.

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

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