Danijela Serbic
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Personal profile

Personal profile

I am a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. I am a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Education Committee, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also the recipient of several teaching prizes, including the Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year 2023, awarded by the British Psychological Society.

I established and convene THESIS - Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting and Inspiring Students. The aim of this pedagogic group is to encourage innovation in teaching practice and support students and educational practice in the Department of Psychology, across the institution and beyond. 


I coordinate Final Year Undergraduate Research Projects and have been involved in the module coordination, teaching and assessment of several undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Health Psychology and Wellbeing course. Furthermore, I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and dissertations.

Research interests

My research expertise is in the psychology of chronic pain. I am particularly interested in student well-being and quality of life, and my current research projects focus on the impact of chronic pain on university students’ psychological and social functioning as well as their academic progress. I am also passionate about pedagogic research, specifically in supporting the career development of students and early-career academics, and in inclusive education more broadly.


  • THESIS - Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting and Inspiring Students (Group Founder & Director)
  • Higher Education Academy (Senior Fellow)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) (Chartered Member)
  • BPS Undergraduate Education Committee (Member)
  • BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (Member)
  • BPS Division of Health Psychology (Member)
  • Frontiers for Young Minds (Collection Editor)
  • The Centre for the Study of Pain and Well-being  (Committee Member) 

Previous affiliations:

  • Society for Back Pain Research (Committee Member/Member)
  • Eurospine (Associate Member)
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA Division 2 (Member)
  • Pearson Education: Psychology Advisory Panel (Member)
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) (Member)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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