Staff profile

Dr Carrie Childs

Senior Lecturer in Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




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 lecture for a range of other 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. My recent research has examined interaction in police interviews with children reporting alleged sexual offenses. My interests are how police officers follow, and depart from; advice outlined in official best practice guidelines.

I also have broad interests in sex and relationships, and particularly the cultural construction of sex addiction. At present, I am involved in a project exploring the accounts of women who experience difficulties with sexual self-control. 

Other current research includes exploring 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.

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