Alyx Taylor

MSc, PhD - Senior Lecturer (Physiology)

Alyx is the Research Leader for the School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology and convener for the Research Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Science. She is also a Senior Lecturer (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 is the convener for the Research Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Science (CHESS). 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, a member of the Academic Board.

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.


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 modelling 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. Mov. Nutr. Health Dis. 3, 33−37. doi:10.5283/mnhd.18.

Cury, T., James, U. & Taylor, A. “Development of a rapid, personalised technique to relieve mental stress & enhance focus while studying at university.” European Journal of Integrative Medicine 8, 593-94 2016.

O’Higgins, M., St James Roberts I., Glover V. & Taylor A. “Mother-child bonding at 1 year; associations with symptoms of postnatal depression and bonding in the first few weeks.” Archives of Women’s Mental Health 16(5), p381-9 2013.

Ventura T., Gomes M.C., Pita A., Neto M.T. & Taylor A. “Digit ratio (2D:4D) in newborns: influences of prenatal testosterone and maternal environment.” Early Human Development Vol. 89, p107-112 2013.

Huang W., Taylor A., Howie J. & Robinson N. “Is the diurnal profile of salivary cortisol concentration a useful marker for measuring reported stress in acupuncture research? A randomized controlled pilot study.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 18(3), p242-50 2012.