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Dr Jennifer Taylor

  • Job title: Lecturer
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


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 my BSc Psychology undergraduate degree and MSc in Psychology of Health and Wellbeing at Keele, and then went on to complete my PhD 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 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’m also a member of the editorial board for the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Bulletin.



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., Lamont, A., & Murray, M. (2017). Talking about sunbed tanning in online discussion forums: Assertions and arguments. Psychology & Health. 1-19.

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


Taylor, J., Murray, M., & Lamont, A. (July, 2017). Social representations and discursive-rhetorical psychology: Using online forum data to explore the social representations of health and beauty in the context of sunbed tanning. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Loughborough, UK.

Murray, M., & Taylor, J. (July, 2017). Social representations of the history of health psychology. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Loughborough, UK.

Taylor, J., Lamont, A., & Murray, M. (February, 2015). An ethnographic exploration of two sunbed tanning salons in the UK: Beliefs, behaviours and practices. Paper presented at the Midlands Health Psychology Network Annual Conference, Derby.


Taylor, J. Book review: Braun, Clarke & Gray, 2017 (eds) Collecting Qualitative Data – A practical guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques (published in September 2018 QMiP issue 26)