Dr Danijela Serbic

Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. I am a Chartered Psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a recipient of several teaching prizes. I co-ordinate Final Year Undergraduate  Research Projects and Dissertations. I am involved in the teaching and student assessment of Psychological Research Methods and Analyses, Health Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Adult Psychological Problems and other undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and dissertations.

My research expertise is in the psychology of chronic pain, with a specific focus on the impact of diagnostic uncertainty on clinical outcomes, such as depression, anxiety and disability in chronic pain patients. I am in particular 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 and their academic progress. My research involves varied research methods, ranging from grounded theory in qualitative studies to structural equation modelling in large data sets. I am a member of the Centre for the Study of Pain and Well-being.

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. 


  • THESIS - Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting and Inspiring Students (Group convenor)
  • The Centre for the Study of Pain and Well-being  (Committee member) 
  • Pearson Publishing (Psychology Advisory Panel member) 
  • Higher Education Academy (Senior fellow)
  • Society for Back Pain Research (Previously committee member, currently a member)
  • Eurospine (Associate member)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) (Chartered member)
  • BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (Member)
  • BPS Division of Health Psychology (Member)
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) (Member)
  • Frontiers for Young Minds (Collection Editor)


Royal Holloway Teaching Awards:

  • 2017 – Certificate of Commendation (Undergraduate Seminars) 
  • 2017 - Certificate of Commendation (MSc Statistics for Research)
  • 2014 - Team Teaching Prize (Research Methods and Analysis)
  • 2013 - Postgraduate Tutor Teaching Prize (Research Methods and Analysis)


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