Alyx Taylor

MSc, PhD - Senior Lecturer (Physiology)

Alyx is the convener for the Research Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Science (CHESS). She is a member of the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity.

Current Activity

Alyx Taylor is the convener for the Research Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Science (CHESS). She is a member of the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity Research Ethics Sub-Committee, a member of the Academic Board and teaches physiology and research methods.

Areas of Interest

Neuroendocrinology, human stress response, affective disorders, physical and psychological interventions for mental health, gene x environment interactions in development, mother-infant bonding, HPA-axis, diabetes.


Dr Taylor’s research arises from her work on the neuroendocrinology of affective 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.


  • Fellowship of Advanced HE
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • British Psychological Society
  • Research Council Complementary Medicine


  • Physiology
  • Research Methods
  • Research project supervision
  • PhD supervision

External Academic Activities

  • External Examiner Ulster University
  • External Examiner University of Central Lancashire
  • Visiting Research Fellow Imperial College London
  • Associate Editor for Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice


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

O’Keane V., Lightman S., Patrick K., Marsh M., Papadopoulos A.S., Pawlby S., Taylor A. & Moore R.  “Changes in the maternal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis during the early puerperium may be related to the postpartum ‘blues’.”  Journal of Neuroendocrinology Vol. 23, p1149-1155 2011