Dr Danijela Serbic

Personal profile


I am a 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, 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 psychology of chronic pain, with 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.

Recently, I established a pedagogic group at Royal Holloway called THESIS (Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting and Inspiring Students). The aim of the group is to encourage innovation in teaching practice, strive towards excellence in teaching, and support students and educational practice in the Department of Psychology, across the institution and beyond. To find out more about the group, please visit our webpage: http://pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/thesis/ and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/THESIS_RHUL




Teaching in Higher Education: Supporting and Inspiring Students (THESIS) (Group Convenor)


Higher Education Academy (Senior Fellow)

Society for Back Pain Research (Committee 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)


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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