Staff Profile


Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: 01227 923570

Profile summary

Elizabeth graduated in 1997 with a BSc Psychology (Hons) degree from Staffordshire University and then pursued a career in clinical psychology in the National Health Service where she worked in both community and secure mental health settings with diverse complex clients. She is a qualified counsellor and has volunteered for MIND.

In 2010 Elizabeth was awarded her PhD in Psychology by the University of Northampton for research exploring the psychology and phenomenology of spiritualist mediumship. She was particularly interested in what could be learnt from this group of individuals that might be useful for people who become distressed by hearing voices or seeing visions. She was also interested in how some individuals who hear voices come to label these experiences as instances of mediumistic communication.

She then worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Northampton from 2010 until 2018 where she specialised in teaching and supervising research on the phenomenology of anomalous experiences, mental health, counselling, and qualitative research methods.  She was course leader for the BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling degree, Deputy Subject Leader (Student Experience), and a member of the Psychology Ethics Committee. Between 2018 and 2020 she worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University where she developed a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling degree.

She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education in 2012 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision in 2013 at the University of Northampton. She also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby in 2012 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology at Keele University in 2013.

Research and knowledge exchange

Elizabeth’s research interests fall under the broad remit of wellbeing with a focus on critical approaches, service evaluation, phenomenology of anomalous experiences and beliefs, spirituality, nature, counselling training and client perspectives, identity and personality.

She undertook research for the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, in collaboration with Dr Michael Larkin and the University of Birmingham, using an approach to service development championed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement called Experience Based Co-Design.

She is interested in anomalous experiences as psychological, social, and cultural events and has received external funding to research synchronicity in the therapeutic setting and counselling for anomalous experiences.

She is currently researching sensory processing sensitivity.

Teaching and subject expertise

Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology, Politics, and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her subject expertise is counselling, mental health, psychology of anomalous experiences, and qualitative research methods. She supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. 

External activities

Keynote speaker at The Wellcome Trust supported Conference ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’ at the University of Glasgow in April 2017.

Volunteered for the Spiritual Crisis Network and was keynote speaker at their 2nd annual conference ‘Mending the Gap: Global collaboration towards a more humanistic understanding of mental health and anomalous experiences’ at the University of Westminster in 2016.

In 2015 she attended the ‘First Transpersonal Research Colloquium: Gathering Our Research Community Together’ in Milan, Italy.

Elizabeth is interested in international collaboration and in 2014 was awarded funding to visit colleagues in the Psychology department at the University of São Paulo

Participated in the third meeting of experts on clinical parapsychology hosted by the Institut Métapsychique International in Paris, April 2012 and co-organized by The Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, Germany and a Dutch foundation, Het Johan Borgman Fonds.
Reviewer for Qualitative Research in Psychology, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Parapsychology, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
Parapsychological Association Research Endowment Committee Member and prior elected Board Member (2-year term)
Volunteered as a counsellor for MIND and the Northampton Counselling Service

Publications and research outputs

Sonnex, C., Roe, C., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2020). Testing the Pagan prescription: Using a randomised controlled trial to investigate Pagan spell casting as a form of noncontact healing. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 26

Clegg, H., Collings, R., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2019). Therianthropy: Well-being, schizotypy and autism in individuals who self- identify as non-human. Society & Animals, 27, 403-426

Roxburgh, E. C., & Evenden, R. E. (2016). “It’s about having exposure to this”: Investigating the training needs of therapists in relation to the issue of anomalous experiences. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 44, 540-549

Roxburgh, E. C., & Evenden, R. E. (2016). “Most people think you’re a fruit loop”: Clients’ experiences of seeking support for anomalous experiences. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16, 211-221.

Roxburgh, E. C., & Evenden, R. E. (2016). “They daren’t tell people”: Therapists experiences of working with clients who report anomalous experiences [Special Issue]. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 18, 123-141.

Roxburgh, E. C., Ridgway, S., & Roe, C. (2016). Synchronicity in the therapeutic setting: A survey of practitioners. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16, 44-53.

Roxburgh, E. C., Ridgway, S., & Roe, C. (2015).Exploring the meaning in meaningful coincidences: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of synchronicity in therapy [Special Issue]. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 17, 144-161.

Roe, C. A., Sonnex, C., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2015).  Two meta-analyses of noncontact healing studies. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, 11, 11-23.

Grivell, T., Clegg, H., & Roxburgh, E, C. (2014). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of identity in the therian community. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14, 2, 113-135.

Roxburgh, E. C., & Roe, C. A. (2014).  Reframing voices and visions using a spiritual model:  An interpretative phenomenological analysis of anomalous experiences in mediumship. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 17, 6, 641-653.


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