Staff profile

Dr Carrie Childs

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with expertise in qualitative research methods. My primary research interests are language and social interaction in a range of settings using Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for the BSc Applied Psychology (Mediterranean College).

My main areas of teaching are qualitative research methods, Forensic Psychology and Social Psychology. My main teaching responsibilities are on the following modules:

 I also contribute lectures to a number of modules on the BSc Psychology course.

Research interests

My main research interests are the analysis of ‘everyday interactions’ using Discursive Psychology and Conversation Analysis. I have particular interests in family interaction and investigative interviewing. Recent research has examined interaction in police interviews with children reporting alleged sexual offenses. My interest has been how police officers follow, and depart from, advice outlined in official best practice guidelines.

I am also currently involved in a project on young people’s experiences of smartphone use. This work uses Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the nature of young people’s relationships with their smartphones.

I also have broad interests in sexuality and relationships, and particularly the cultural construction of sex addiction.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Recent conferences

During the last few years I have presented work on police interviews with children at a range of conferences and to police constabularies. Recently, I have spoken in Porto, Manchester, Liverpool and Los Angeles.

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications