Doing Your Qualitative Psychology Project


Edited by: Cath Sullivan, Stephen Gibson & Sarah Riley

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    This book has grown from work done by a working group on the teaching of qualitative research methods at undergraduate level (TQRMUL) which was established by the UK Higher Education Academy Psychology Network (HEAPN) in 2005. The authors and editors of this book have been members of this working group for a number of years. This book would not have been produced without the support of the HEAPN, and in particular, we would like to thank Annie Trapp and Marina Crowe for their valuable work in support of the TQRMUL group over the years. We'd also like to thank the other members of the TQRMUL group who are not authors in this book, as they too played a significant part in its development.

    Notes on Contributors

    Michael Forrester is a reader in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, UK. His teaching and research interests are in early child development and qualitative methods. He is co-editor (with H. Gardner) of Analysing Interaction in Childhood: Insights from Conversation Analysis (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and editor of Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology (SAGE, 2010).

    Nollaig Frost is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. She teaches qualitative research methods at all levels from undergraduate to doctorate and has produced an edited book on combining core approaches in qualitative research. She uses qualitative and mixed methods approaches to pursue her research on second-time motherhood and on issues of mental health and mental illness.

    Stephen Gibson is a senior lecturer in Psychology at York St John University. He is a social psychologist with research interests in areas such as peace and conflict, citizenship and national identity, and dis/obedience. In addition, he has been involved in numerous projects concerning the teaching of qualitative research methods. Between 2008 and 2011 he was chair of the TQRMUL group, and is co-editor (with Simon Mollan) of the forthcoming volume Representations of Peace and Conflict (Palgrave, 2012).

    Siobhan Hugh-Jones is a lecturer in Health Psychology at the Institute of Psychological Science, University of Leeds. Her main research focus is on health and well-being in individuals, families and societies, and her research draws upon interview, media and visual data. She predominantly uses discourse analysis in her work. She has forthcoming publications on healthy eating by children, well-being in siblings and the educational well-being of teenagers with cancer. She currently serves as a committee member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology section of the British Psychological Society and has a longstanding interest in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

    Nigel King is Professor in Applied Psychology and Director of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research at the University of Huddersfield. He has a long-standing interest in the use of qualitative methods in ‘real world’ research, especially in community health and social care settings. Recently, he has carried out several projects in community palliative care, focussing especially on roles, relationships and identities. Other interests include the experience of chronic illness, psychological aspects of contact with nature, and ethics in qualitative research. He is well-known for his work on the ‘template’ style of thematic analysis, and more recently the development of a visual technique known as ‘Pictor’.

    Kathryn Kinmond is a chartered psychologist and accredited counsellor. She currently works as a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where she teaches social psychology, abuse studies and qualitative research methods. Her main research and publications have addressed self, identity and experience within a range of topics, including self-harm, spiritual abuse and the use of imagery as intervention following stroke. Kathryn is also a counsellor with Mencap and a women's refuge.

    Sarah Riley is a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at Aberystwyth University who uses and teaches a range of qualitative methods. Recent projects include looking at clubbing and dance cultures as forms of social and political participation (Economic and Social Research Council) and using cooperative inquiry to explore ‘dilemmas of femininity’ (British Academy). Her books include an edited collection: Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management (PalgraveMacMillan, 2008) and Sex, Identity and Consumer Culture (with Adrienne Evans, Open University Press, forthcoming).

    Cath Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the University of Central Lancashire's School of Psychology and her research interests mainly relate to the social psychology of gender, discourse and social constructionism. Cath was an active member of the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network working group on Teaching Qualitative Research Methods at Undergraduate Level from 2005 until 2011. In 2012 she took over as Chair of the newly formed Higher Education Academy ‘Teaching Qualitative Psychology’ Special Interest Group. In addition to this work supporting and training psychology lecturers who teach qualitative methods, Cath has over 10 years experience of teaching qualitative methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her published articles and book chapters include empirical qualitative papers and pieces about qualitative methodology.

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