Dr Alyx Taylor | AECC University College

Dr Alyx Taylor

MSc, PhD - Associate Professor (Physiology)

Dr. Alyx Taylor is the Research Lead for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Professor of Physiology in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Current Activity

As Research Lead for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Alyx is enthusiastic about supporting the growth of innovative and timely research in the School. She is leading a Unit of Assessment in preparation for REF 2029. She is also an Associate Professor of Physiology, a subject leader in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and teaches physiology and research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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.





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


Taylor, A., Kong, C., Zhang, Z., Herold, F., Ludyga, S., Healy, S., … & Zou, L. (2023). Associations of Meeting 24-hour Movement Behavior Guidelines with Cognitive Difficulty and Social Relationships in Children and Adolescents with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health17(1), 42  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s13034-023-00588-w

Guo, T., Jiang, D., Kuang, J., Hou, M., Herold, F. Taylor, A., Huang, Y. Chen, Y. (2023). Mindfulness group intervention improved self-compassion and resilience of children from single-parent families in Tibetan areas. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 51, 101743 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2023.101743

Zhu, Z., Wu, D., Wei, K., Liu, Y., Xu, Z., Jiao, G., Yu, L., Taylor, A. & Zou, L. (2023). Uncertainty stress and self-rated health during the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine11(1), 2173202. https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2023.2173202

Kuang, J., Zhong, J., Yang, P., Bo, X., Liang, Y., Cheval, B., Herold, F., Wei, G., Taylor, A., Zhang, J., Chen, C., Sun, J., Zou, L. & Arnett, J. (2023). Psychometric evaluation of the Inventory of Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA) in China. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology 23(1) 100331 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijchp.2022.100331

Kong, C., Chen, A., Ludyga, S., Herold, F., Healy, S., Zhao, M., Taylor, A., Müller, N. G., Kramer, A. F., Chen, S., Tremblay, M. S. & Zou, L. (2023). Associations between meeting 24-hour movement guidelines and Quality of Life Among Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Journal of Sport and Health Science 23(1), 73-86 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2022.08.003

Zou, L., Wang, T., Herold, F., Ludyga, S., Liu, W., Zhang, Y., Healy, S., Zhang, Z., Kuang, J., Taylor, A., Kramer, A.F., Chen, S., Tremblay, M.S. & Hossain, M.M. (2023). Associations between Sedentary Behavior and Negative Emotions in Adolescents During Home Confinement: Mediating Role of Social Support and Sleep Quality. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology23(1) 100337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijchp.2022.100337

Yang, P., Wang, T., Herold, F., Muller, N., Taylor, A., Szabo, A., Granizol, U., Cook, B., Landolfi, E. Solmi, M. & Zou, L. (2022). Relationships between Personality Traits and Eating Disorders Symptoms Among Chinese Female Exercisers: The Role of Symptoms of Exercise Dependence and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Eating Disorders 10,169 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-022-00679-7

Zou, L., Yang, P., Herold, F., Liu, W., Szabo, A., Taylor, A., Sun, J. & Ji, L. (2022). The contribution of BMI, body image inflexibility, and generalized anxiety to symptoms of eating disorders and exercise dependence in exercisers. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 24(6), 811-823 https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2022.024862

Guo, T., Zhihao, Z., Taylor, A., Hall D. L., Yeung A. S., Kramer A. F. & Zou L. (2022). Association of social support with negative emotions among Chinese adolescents during Omicron-related lockdown of Shenzhen City: The roles of rumination and sleep quality. Frontiers in Psychiatry 13. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.957382/full

Li, X., Taylor, A., Li, J., Wang, T., Kuang, J., Zhang, Z., Liu, X., Liu, T., Qin, X., Lu, S. & Zou, L. (2022). Effects of Health Qigong Exercise on Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. International Journal of Clinical and Health Promotion 24(6), 855-867 https://www.techscience.com/ijmhp/v24n6/49952

Wang, T., Kuang, J., Herold, F., Taylor, A., Ludyga, S., Zhang, Z., Kramer, A. F., Zou, L. (2022). Validity and Reliability of the Preference for and Tolerance of the Intensity of Exercise Questionnaire among Chinese College Students. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion Online First  doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2022.022504

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.org/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.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2022.021361

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, November 9). 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.org/10.3390/healthcare9111532

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.org/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.org/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.org/10.5283/mnhd.18

Edited Book

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

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