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Elizabeth Roxburgh

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Psychology


Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. Elizabeth lectures on mental health and qualitative research methods and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. She is also a qualified counsellor and has considerable experience working for the National Health Service and voluntary sector in a variety of mental health and forensic contexts.

Career overview

Elizabeth graduated in 1997 with a BSc Psychology (Hons) degree from Staffordshire University and then pursued a career in clinical and forensic psychology in the National Health Service where she worked in both community and secure mental health settings with diverse complex clients.

In 2010 Elizabeth was awarded her PhD in Psychology by the University of Northampton for research exploring the psychology and phenomenology of spiritualist mediumship. She was particularly interested in what could be learnt from this group of individuals that might be useful for people who become distressed by hearing voices or seeing visions. She was also interested in how some individuals who hear voices come to label these experiences as instances of mediumistic communication.

She then worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Northampton from 2010 until 2018 where she specialised in teaching and supervising research on the phenomenology of anomalous experiences, mental health, counselling, personality and individual differences, and qualitative research methods. She had considerable module leadership experience and was coordinator for student research projects on the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, MSc Counselling, MSc in Counselling Children and Young People, and MSc in Psychology. She was also course leader for the BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling degree, Deputy Subject Leader (Student Experience), and a member of the Psychology Ethics Committee.

She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education in 2012 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision in 2013 at the University of Northampton. She also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby in 2012 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology at Keele University in 2013.

Research areas

Elizabeth’s research interests fall under the broad remit of well-being with a focus on critical approaches, service evaluation, phenomenology of anomalous experiences and beliefs, spirituality, psychological benefits of nature, counselling training and client perspectives, identity and personality.

She undertook research for the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, in collaboration with Dr Michael Larkin and the University of Birmingham, using an approach to service development championed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement called Experience Based Co-Design.

She is interested in anomalous experiences as psychological, social, and cultural events and has received external funding to research synchronicity in the therapeutic setting and counselling for anomalous experiences.

She is currently researching sensory processing sensitivity.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

External activity

  • Keynote speaker at The Wellcome Trust supported Conference ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’ at the University of Glasgow in April 2017.
  • Volunteered for the Spiritual Crisis Network and was keynote speaker at their 2nd annual conference ‘Mending the Gap: Global collaboration towards a more humanistic understanding of mental health and anomalous experiences’ at the University of Westminster in 2016.
  • In 2015 she attended the ‘First Transpersonal Research Colloquium: Gathering Our Research Community Together’ in Milan, Italy.
  • Elizabeth is interested in international collaboration and in 2014 was awarded funding to visit colleagues in the Psychology department at the University of São Paulo
  • Participated in the third meeting of experts on clinical parapsychology hosted by the Institut Métapsychique International in Paris, April 2012 and co-organized by The Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, Germany and a Dutch foundation, Het Johan Borgman Fonds.
  • Reviewer for Qualitative Research in Psychology, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Parapsychology, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
  • Parapsychological Association Research Endowment Committee Member and prior elected Board Member (2-year term)
  • Volunteered as a counsellor for MIND and the Northampton Counselling Service

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Bial Foundation
  • Confederation of Healing Organisations
  • Parapsychological Association
  • Parapsychology Foundation
  • Santander
  • Society for Psychical Research

Course(s) I teach on

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    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2019

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    Postgraduate taught / Professional | Full-time / Part-time | 2019