Dr Fazeelat Duran PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

Dr Fazeelat Duran

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology

Dr Duran is an applied psychologist who is recognized for her work with criminal justice staff and their mental health and wellbeing. She is focused on translating the findings into real world outcomes.


Dr Duran is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy. She completed her PhD on improving the mental health and well-being of first responders and front-line officers at the University of Birmingham. In 2018, she was appointed as a teaching fellow at the University of Leicester. In 2020, she won a competition-based post-doc fellowship that focused on improving the mental health and well-being of employees exposed to traumatic material as a part of their work, with a specific interest in risk and resilience factors for trauma and intervention strategies for psychological distress. In 2021, she was seconded at Moonshot as a researcher. She has co-produced research with the government and industry both nationally and internationally. Her novel research is used to inform policy and working practices to improve the health and well-being of workers. This work, which had never been done before, enabled her to identify modifiable risk factors and co-produce strategies to improve the well-being of criminal justice staff. The resources she created are now used internationally in law enforcement organizations to train staff in how to protect their well-being and are used in the workplace as a means of starting conversations around mental health. Her work features in the toolkit for investigators’ wellbeing and has been cited in the national policing guidance. Dr Duran has won awards for her research and publications. In 2023, she joined the University of Birmingham as an Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology.


Forensic and Clinical Doctorates

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Duran is keen to hear from interested students on opportunities to undertake further research in the areas mentioned below:

  1. Trauma and mental health in the criminal justice staff.
  2. Risk and resilience factors for trauma.
  3. Intervention strategies for psychological distress.
  4. Post-traumatic growth in survivors of road traffic accidents.
  5. Neurodiversity in law enforcement officers and staff.


Recent publications


Woodhams, J & Duran, F 2024, 'A model for secondary traumatic stress following workplace exposure to traumatic material in analytical staff', Communications Psychology, vol. 2, 13. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44271-024-00060-1

Duran, F & Woodhams, J 2023, 'Associations between individual cognitive factors, mode of exposure and depression symptoms in practitioners working with aversive crime material', European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 14, no. 2, 2264612. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008066.2023.2264612

Duran, F & Woodhams, J 2022, 'Impact of the current pandemic on intelligence and analytical professionals working in police and law enforcement organisations', Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy . https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001221

Duran, F & Woodhams, J 2022, 'Impact of traumatic material on professionals in analytical and secondary investigative roles working in criminal justice settings: a qualitative approach', Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, vol. 2022, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09532-8

Barratt, JM & Duran, F 2021, 'Does psychological capital and social support impact engagement and burnout in online distance learning students?', Internet and Higher Education, vol. 51, 100821. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2021.100821

Duran, F, Woodhams, J & Bishopp, D 2020, 'The Relationships Between Psychological Contract Violation, Occupational Stress, and Well-Being in Police Officers', International Journal of Stress Management. https://doi.org/10.1037/str0000214

Duran, F, Woodhams, J & Bishopp, D 2019, 'An Interview Study of the Experiences of Police Officers in Regard to Psychological Contract and Wellbeing', Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 184-198. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-018-9275-z

Duran, F, Bishopp, D & Woodhams, J 2019, 'Relationships between psychological contract violation, stress and well-being in firefighters', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 120-133. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-09-2018-0114

Duran, F, Woodhams, J & Bishopp, D 2018, 'An Interview Study of the Experiences of Firefighters in Regard to Psychological Contract and Stressors', Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10672-018-9314-z


Clements, AJ, Woodhams, J, Young, JK & Duran, F 2023, 'Editorial: The wellbeing of criminal justice personnel', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 14, 1245541. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1245541

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