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.
My teaching responsibilities are based in areas of social psychology such as;
I am also an active part of our research methods delivery across a number of programmes.
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.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Health and Society, University of Derby (2:1)
- PhD on Older women's constructions of their relationships, Open University