Academic and research departmentsSchool of Psychology.
My research project
Stress and resilience: Influencing Factors and Investigation of Biomarkers
I am in my third year of my PhD research at the University of Surrey. My main research areas are related to Health and Occupational Psychology and I am interested in the association between resilience, stress and recovery from stressful situations. I am using quantitative research methods to explore the association between workplace stress and resilience and the factors that mediate this relationship such as: general health, social support and rumination. I am also interested in investigating how individuals recover from workplace stress.
Alongside my PhD, I am also working toward the Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology and the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in affiliation with the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey.
Affiliations and memberships
I am currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Psychology. I have previously demonstrated in lectures and assisted in running workshops on the undergraduate Cognitive Psychology module. I have also run Academic Tutorials for undergraduate students teaching them about referencing, plagiarism and other key skills for Psychology students as well as being a part of the Cognitive Psychology module for two years.
I am also a guest lecturer on the Health Psychology MSc course where I lecture on the topic entitled "Stress Interventions and Resilience" and have lectured the Dietician Undergraduates and Nutrition MSc students on the topic of "Psychology of Health and Illness".
I completed the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in July 2020 and am therefore a teaching fellow.
Courses I teach on
Shanahan, P., Ollis, L., Balla, K., Patel, R., & Long, K. (2020). Experiences of transition from children’s to adult’s healthcare services for young people with a neurodevelopmental condition. Health & Social Care in the Community. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13198
Ollis, L., & Gravett, K. (2020). The Emerging Landscape of Student–Staff Partnerships in Higher Education. In K. Gravett, N. Yakovchuk, & I. M. Kinchin (Eds.), Enhancing Student-Centred Teaching in Higher Education: The Landscape of Student-Staff Research Partnerships (pp. 11–27). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35396-4_2
Plans, D., Morelli, D., Sütterlin, S., Ollis, L., Derbyshire, G. and Cropley, M. (2019). Use of a Biofeedback Breathing App to Augment Poststress Physiological Recovery: Randomized Pilot Study. JMIR Formative Research 3(1) https://doi.org/10.2196/12227.
Smith, K. J., Au, B., Ollis, L., & Schmitz, N. (2018). The association between C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and depression among older adults in the community: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Experimental Gerontology, doi://doi.org/10.1016/j.exger.2017.12.005