Dr Fazeelat Duran PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

Dr Fazeelat Duran

School of Psychology
Postdoctoral researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Duran is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow member of Higher Education Academy. She has considerable experience of conducting research with front-line law enforcement staff and first responders to improve their workplace mental health and wellbeing. Her research focuses on real-world outcomes that are positive for the people we study.


PhD in Psychology – University of Birmingham


Dr Duran completed her PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Jessica Woodhams and Dr Daz Bishopp. Her doctoral research focused on the application of psychological contract theory to better understand the factors that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of first responders namely front-line police and firefighters. More specifically, through the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, her work has provided a comprehensive mapping of the issues they are facing that had not been conducted before. Following that, she worked at the University of Leicester as Teaching Fellow in Psychology. Her current fellowship is an extension of her doctoral research where Dr Duran and Professor Woodhams are working on improving the mental health of police staff working with traumatic material in criminal justice settings.


Occupational Health Psychology, Applied Psychology, Pedagogical research


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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