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Elaine Duncan joined GCU in 1993. She is a member of the Institute for Applied Health Research of GCU, aligning with the institute's research on protecting and promoting health and wellbeing and active living. Her specialist areas are emotional health and wellbeing, the efficacy of written-disclosure, the efficacy of positive psychology and wellbeing interventions and sport and exercise psychology. Elaine is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Since 2010 she has been a practicing counsellor with experience in both private and NHS sectors. She provides counselling to students within the Talented Athletes Programme at GCU. Elaine is also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Elaine acts as consultant to both the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing, Glasgow, and Wellhouse Housing Association, Easterhouse, Glasgow. Presently she is engaged in a major initiative to test whether a self-help manual can increase the subjective wellbeing of residents in socially deprived areas. She has acted as a reviewer for many journals, for numerous grant applications made to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) and for book proposals. Elaine is accustomed to working with the media (radio, newspapers) believing dissemination of research findings and good practice to be an essential part of being a psychologist. To show commitment to this principle Elaine recently registered as a STEM Ambassador.
- Introductory Skills for Psychology, Level 1 (Trimester 1), Module Leader
- Sport and Exercise Psychology, Level 2 (Trimester 1), Module Leader
- Psychology: An Introduction, Level 1 (Trimester 1 and 2)
- Psychology in the Real World, Level 1 (Trimester 2)
- Biopsychology, Level 3 (Trimester 2)
- Counselling Psychology, Level 4 (Trimester 2)
- Empirical Project Supervisor, Level 4 (Trimester 1 and 2)
Currently supervising one part-time doctoral student exploring perceptions of walk and talk therapy
- Represents Scotland within the European Network of Positive Psychologists
- Appointed non-Italian Member of the Scientific Board of the Doctoral Programme of The Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy
- Member of the British Psychological Society’s Policy Support Unit
- Member of BPS and BACP
- Member of Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN)
- Member of World Database of Happiness
- Member of Scottish Sport Psychology Support Group
Selected Peer Reviewed Articles
- Duncan, E, Lavallee, D, & Gidron, Y. (2013). Can written-disclosure reduce psychological distress and increase objectively measured mobility of student-athletes? A randomized controlled trial. ISRN Rehabilitation
- Revell, S., Duncan, E., & Cooper, M. (in press). Helpful aspects of outdoor therapy: an on-line preliminary investigation. Counseling and Psychotherapy Research
- McCrorie, P., Duncan, E., Stansfield, B., & Granat, M. (2012). The prevalence of upright non-stepping time in comparison to stepping time in 11–13 year old school children across seasons. Physiological Measurement, 33: 1901-1912
- Grazzani-Gavazzi, I., Duncan, E., & Ornaghi, V. (2012). Wellbeing and self-construal in Scottish and Italian young adults, Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-012-9372-0
- Cummings, J., & Duncan, E. (2010). Changes in affect and future exercise intentions as a result of exposure to a regular exercise programme using the Wii-Fit. Sport and exercise Psychology review, 6: 31-39
- Pollock, K. G. J, Duncan, E, Cowden J.M. (2009). Emotional and behavioural changes in parents of children affected by haemolytic uraemic syndrome associated with verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli: a qualitative analysis. Psychosomatics 50:3, 1-7
- Duncan, E., & Sheffield, D. (2008). Diary Keeping and Wellbeing. Psychological Reports
- Drake, L, Duncan E, Sutherland, F, Abernethy C., & Henry C. (2008). Time Perspectives and Correlates of Wellbeing. Time and Society
- Duncan, E., Gidron, Y., Moser, A. M., Rabin E., Goichberg L., & Kapelushnik J. (2007). The effects of guided written disclosure on physical and psychological symptoms among parents of children with leukaemia. Journal of Family Nursing, 13: 370-384
- Duncan, E. (2005). Emotion and exercise: Reflections and Aspirations. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review.Vol 1, No 1: 5-11. Leicester: British Psychological Association
- Duncan, E., Gidron, Y, Krishna, R., & Aryal, T. Correlates of post–traumatic stress and physical symptoms in Nepali adults under political turmoil. The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies.
- Duncan, E., & Grazzani-Gavazzi, I. (2004). Positive Emotional Experiences in Scottish and Italian Young Adults: A Diary Study. Journal of Happiness Studies. 5: 359-384
- Grazzani Gavazzi, I., & Duncan, E. (2004). Emozioni a valenza positiva e compiti di sviluppo in adolescenza. Eta Evolutiva, Giugno, 78, pp. 14-26
- Gidron, Y., Duncan, E., Lazar, A., Biderman, M. A., Tandeter, H., Schwartzman, P. (2002) Effects of Guided Written-Disclosure of Stressful Experiences on Clinic-Visits and Symptoms in Frequent Clinic Attendees. Family Practice, vol.19, No 2, pp161-166
Selected Book Chapters
- Duncan, E., Grazzani-Gavazzi, I., & Subba, U. (May 2009). Reflections on Positive Psychology. In L. Bortolotti., (Ed.). Philosophy and Happiness. Palgrave
- Drake, L., & Duncan, E. (2008). "Time Perspective, Physical Activity and Subjective Happiness. In T. Freire., (Ed.), Understanding Positive Life. Research and Practice on Positive Psychology. Lisboa: Climepsi Editores
- Grazzani-Gavazzi, I., Duncan, E., & Ornaghi, V. (2007). Felicità e benessere soggettivo: un confronto culturale tra Italiani e Scozzesi. In A. Delle Fave (Ed.) (2007). La condivisione del benessere. Il contributo della psicologia positiva. Milano: Franco Angeli.
- Grazzani Gavazzi I., Albanese O., & Duncan E. (2006). Adolescence and awareness of positive emotions: a diary study. In F. Pons, L. Lafortune et al., Towards the emotional competence [provisional title], Aalborg University Press, Aalborg
- Duncan, E., & Craig, C. (2007). Confidence Matters: Profile of the Centre of Confidence and Wellbeing, The Bulletin, No. 32, Autumn, 2007. BPS Scotland. A Branch of the BPS ISSN 1356-7489
- Grazzani Gavazzi, I., & Duncan, E. (2007). La felicita in adolescenza. La narrazione delle emozioni in adolescenza. Milano, McGraw-Hill
- Duncan E., Grazzani Gavazzi I., Sheffield D. (2006), Positive emotional experience in Scottish and Italian young adults: summary findings, scientific issues and the way forward. In A. Delle Fave (ed). Dimensions of Wellbeing, Research and Intervention. Franco Angeli, Milano
- Grazzani Gavazzi I., Albanese O., & Duncan E. (2006). Adolescence and awareness of positive emotions: a diary study. In F. Pons, L. Lafortune et al., Towards the emotional competence, Aalborg University Press, Aalborg.
Additional non-academic qualifications
As a semi-professional Highland Dancer, in a career spanning 15 years, Elaine was twice World Champion and won numerous regional, national and international championships.
Interests and Hobbies
Hiking, mountaineering, rock-climbing, road races, reading travel, adventure and biographical literature, cinema, photography and Geocaching. She is a member of Cloud Appreciation Society. She regularly takes part in fundraising events for the charities MondoChallenge Foundation and Kidney Research UK.