Dr Jane Montague

Position: Discipline Lead for Psychology; Assistant Head of Department of Life Sciences

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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I completed my undergraduate degree as a CAMS student (now JH), here at Derby in 1998, in Psychology with Health and Society. Alongside this I also completed modules in the Social History of Fashion. After gaining some practical experience, both within and outside academia, I moved to the Open University to complete a PhD looking at older women's talk about their relationships. I continued lecturing on a sessional basis including roles at the Open University in Milton Keynes, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, De Montfort University in Leicester and here at the University of Derby.

I am Discipline Lead for Psychology within the Department of Life Sciences. My teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. I currently teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervise a number of PhD students. I am an active member of our psychology research team and engage externally with our accrediting body, the British Psychological Society, as the Conference Officer for the Social Psychology Section.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities are based in areas of social psychology, particularly gender, identity, relationships and ageing. I am also an active part of our research methods delivery across a number of programmes.

Research interests

My research interests are diverse but have several common links. I am particularly interested in the development and construction of personal and social identity, with specific regard to its relational context. I am also interested in the ageing process, taking a more positive view of ageing and its contexts than is often the case in Psychology. With regard to both of these topic areas, my focus is on their construction within mundane, everyday settings.

I have been funded internally for several small research projects. These have included exploring pedagogic developments in supporting distance and online learning students alongside colleagues from several other institutions; cross-faculty research looking at the effects of collaboration on how a witnessed crime is remembered in talk; psychological research exploring homophobic bullying in secondary schools from the perspectives of school staff; and an exploration of individuals' experiences when they cease taking medication for mental health issues. More recently I have been involved in projects exploring (1) women's experiences of breast cancer; (2) the construction of informal/unpaid care, using qualitative data generated in collaboration with a local charitable organisation; and (3) the understandings of compassion in a number of contexts.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section committee, with responsibility for organising our annual conference. I am also a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology and the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section.


Undergraduate Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Health and Society, University of Derby (2:1)

Research Qualifications

  • PhD on Older women's constructions of their relationships, Open University

Recent publications

  • Montague, J. (2016). Behaving in Acceptable Ways. Royal Opera House programme for Royal Ballet's production of Frankenstein.
  • Hancock, E., & Montague, J., (under submission, 2016). Recalling Past Experiences: A Discursive Analysis. Social Psychological Review.
  • Archer, S., Phillips, E., Montague, J., Bali, A., & Sowter, H., (2015). I’m 100% for it! I’m a convert!”: Women’s experiences of a yoga programme after treatment for gynaecological cancer; an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 23, 1 55-62.
  • Holland, F., Archer, S.A., & Montague, J., (published online ahead of print, 2014). Younger women’s experiences of deciding against delayed breast reconstruction post-mastectomy following breast cancer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/1359105314562085.
  • Archer, S.A., Montague, J., & Bali, A., (2014). Exploring the experience of an enhanced recovery programme for gynaecological cancer patients: a qualitative study. Perioperative Medicine, 3(2): (04 Apr 2014).
  • Phillips, E., Elander, J., & Montague, J., (2014). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of men’s and women’s coping strategy selection during early IVF treatment. Journal of Infertility and Reproductive Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2014.915391
  • Phillips, E., Elander, J., & Montague, J., (2013). Managing multiple goals during fertility treatment: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(4): 531-543. DOI: 10.1177/1359105312474915.
  • Gale, C., Baldwin, L., Staples, V.,Montague, J., & Waldram, D. (2012). An exploration of the experience of mental health service users when they decide they would like to change or withdraw from prescribed medications. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. (Online access)
  • Montague, J. (2009). Developing research with a familiar group. Social Psychology Review, 11, 1: 39-44
  • Guy, L. and Montague, J. (2008). Analysing men's written friendship narratives. Qualitative Research, 8:389-397.
  • Horton-Salway, M., Montague, J., Wiggins, S. and Seymour-Smith, S. (2008). Mapping the components of the telephone conference: an analysis of tutorial talk at a distance learning institution. Discourse Studies, 10: 737-758.
  • High, C. and Montague, J. (2006). Organisation. In Potter, S. (Ed.). Doing Postgraduate Research (2nd Edn.).Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Montague, J. and High, C. (2006). Planning your research. In Potter, S. (Ed.). Doing Postgraduate Research (2nd Edn.). Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Montague, J. (2006). Family photographs as a topic for conversation. In D. Robinson, N.Kelly and K.Milnes (Eds.) (2006) Narrative and Memory: Selected Papers from the Sixth Annual Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield.
  • Montague, J. (2005). Researching relationships in talk amongst women who are personally connected. In Holland, C. (Ed.) (2005) Recruitment and Sampling. Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies, Open University and the Centre for Policy on Ageing, London.

Recent conferences

March 2008 BPS Annual Conference, Dublin.

June 2008 PLAT Conference, York.

June 2009 Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Preston.

June 2009 Conference on Humour and Laughter in Interaction, Huddersfield.

July 2009 11th European Congress of Psychology, Oslo.

September 2009 BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Sheffield.

July 2010 Opening speaker at Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology Conference, Birmingham

September 2010 Invited speaker at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, PG Workshop, Winchester

September 2011 BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cambridge

July 2013 Critical Health Psychology Conference, Bradford

July 2013 Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Huddersfield

February 2014 Midlands Health Psychology Conference, Northampton

September 2014 BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Canterbury

August 2015, BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Manchester

International experience

Conference Chair for 1st Asian Congress on Applied Psychology (2015), Aventis School of Management, Singapore.

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