Dr. Alyx Taylor

MSc, PhD - Associate Professor (Physiology)

Alyx is the Research Leader for the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology. She is also an Associate Professor (Physiology) teaching physiology and research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Current Activity

Dr. Alyx Taylor is the Research Lead for the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology. She is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate physiology, research methods and postgraduate research supervision. She is a member of the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity Research Ethics Sub-Committee.

Areas of Interest

Areas of interest include neuroendocrinology, human stress response, developmental disorders, affective disorders, physical and psychological interventions for mental health, gene x environment interactions in human development, mother-infant bonding, and physical activity as an intervention for mental and physical health.


Dr. Taylor’s research arises from her work on the neuroendocrinology of affective disorders and developmental disorders. She has a special interest in factors affecting the human stress response and how this impacts physical and mental health.

Current projects include:

  • Exploring the facilitators and barriers to exercise referral schemes for those at high risk of, or diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
  • The role of exercise in the management of ADHD symptoms in children.
  • The effects of perinatal stress exposure on HPA-axis function and neurodevelopment.
  • Effectiveness of novel psychological interventions for stress management.

View/download Alyx Taylor's research in the AECC University College Research Repository.



  • PhD Biochemistry, Imperial College London
  • MSc Psychology, University of Derby
  • MSc Information Science, City University, London
  • BSc Biochemistry with Chemistry, Queen Elizabeth College London
  • HEA Cert, External Examiners
  • PGCert Academic Practice, King’s College London
  • Cambridge ESOL (CELTA), Cambridge.


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Research Council Complementary Medicine (RCCM)
  • Fellowship of Advance HE (FHEA)
  • Marce Society.


Lu, S., Cheval, B., Yu, Q., Hossain, M. M., Chen, S-T., Taylor, A., Bao, R., Doig, S., Li, J., Wang, T., Yan, Z., Kuang, J., Jiao, C. & Zou, L. (2021). Associations of 24-Hour Movement Behavior with Depressive Symptoms and Anxiety in Children: Cross-Sectional Findings from a Chinese Sample Healthcare, Healthcare9(11), 1532. doi:10.3390/healthcare9111532

Li, X., Chi, G., Taylor, A. Chen, S-T., Memon, A., Zhang, Y., Song, Y., Li, J. Luo, X. & Zou, L. (2021) Lifestyle behaviours and suicide-related outcomes in adolescents: Cross-sectional study using the 2019 YRBS data. Frontiers in Public Health, 1703. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.766972

Goren, G., Sarid, O., Philippou, P., & Taylor, A. (2020). Sense of coherence mediates the links between job status prior to birth and postpartum depression: A structured equation modeling approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health17(17), 6189. doi:10.3390/ijerph17176189

Taylor, A., Novo, D., & Foreman, D. (2019). An Exercise Program Designed for Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for Use in School Physical Education: Feasibility and Utility. Healthcare 7(3), 102. doi:10.3390/healthcare7030102

Taylor, A., Foreman, D. (2019). Exercise to increase engagement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in physical education: Method development. Movement, Nutrition in Health and Disease 3, 33−37. doi:10.5283/mnhd.18

Taylor, A. (2018). Complementary therapies in the management of chronic pain. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice32, 39. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.04.007

O’Higgins, M., Roberts, I. S. J., Glover, V., & Taylor, A. (2013). Mother-child bonding at 1 year; associations with symptoms of postnatal depression and bonding in the first few weeks. Archives of Women's Mental Health16(5), 381-389. doi:10.1007/s00737-013-0354-y

Ventura, T., Gomes, M. C., Pita, A., Neto, M. T., & Taylor, A. (2013). Digit ratio (2D: 4D) in newborns: influences of prenatal testosterone and maternal environment. Early Human Development89(2), 107-112. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2012.08.009

Huang, W., Taylor, A., Howie, J., & Robinson, N. (2012). Is the diurnal profile of salivary cortisol concentration a useful marker for measuring reported stress in acupuncture research? A randomized controlled pilot study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine18(3), 242-250. doi.org/10.1089/acm.2010.0325

O’Keane, V., Lightman, S., Patrick, K., Marsh, M., Papadopoulos, A. S., Pawlby, S., ... & Moore, R. (2011). Changes in the maternal hypothalamic‐pituitary‐adrenal axis during the early puerperium may be related to the postpartum ‘blues’. Journal of neuroendocrinology23(11), 1149-1155. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2826.2011.02139.x

Zhang, Z., Wang, T., Kuang, J., Herold, F., Ludyga, S., Li, J., Hall, D.L., Taylor, A., Healy, S., Yeung, A.S., Kramer, A.F., Zou, L. (2022). The Roles of Exercise Tolerance and Resilience in the Effect of Physical Activity on Emotional States Among Chinese Emerging Adult College Students. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology 22(3), 100312. doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2022.100312 

Zhao, M., You, Y., Li, J., Healy, H., Taylor, A., Zhang, Z., Li, L. & Zou, L. (2022) The Effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program on Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 24(4), 475-489 doi:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.021361

Edited Book

Taylor, A. (Ed.). (2021). Stress and Health: Understanding the effects and examining interventions. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.