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Alana Wood

Lecturer in Psychology

I am a lecturer in Psychology at the University with interests in mental health and lived experiences.


I joined University of Gloucestershire in 2018 as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant having previously completed my Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University myself in 2008.

I started my lecturer position at UoG in August 2023 and teach on a variety of our modules. I have a wide variety of teaching and research interests, including health psychology, mental health, lived experiences of people in a real-world setting and the formation of stereotyping and discrimination.

I tend to pursue research that challenges the status quo by considering power structures, inequality and their impact on individuals and groups in society.

Previous to lecturing at UoG I worked for a year as a palliative support worker for children and their families before pursuing a career in academia.

I was an A-level Psychology lecturer for 8 years and for 7 years alongside this, I was also a pastoral manager of a large 6th form college.


  • PhD Psychology University of Gloucestershire, current
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, University of Bolton, 2012
  • BSc Psychology, University of Gloucestershire, 2008.

Membership of professional bodies

British Psychological Society

Teaching & Research


  • Developing psychological knowledge
  • Thinking like a psychologist
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Working in Forensic Settings
  • Community Practice in Psychology
  • Dissertation Supervision


Currently completing PhD thesis in “The experiences of parents caring for a child who is life-threatened or life-limited?” My research involves a meta-Ethnography of Qualitative Literature and a Narrative Analysis.

As a critical social psychologist I tend to conduct qualitative research; I am interested in exploring the lived experience of individuals and groups, many of whom may feel marginalised or under-represented.

My research also focuses on exploring societal constructions of knowledge and how this informs psychological practice in an applied setting as well as human behaviour more generally. I currently focus my research on under-represented groups experiencing what is often termed, psychological trauma and/or PTSD.