About me

I’m Reader in Psychology and Health at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield. I’ve been carrying out research into gender and health for 20 years, and I lead a programme of research which explores ageing, sexual health, sexual well-being, intimate relationships, and psychological factors of health and healthcare. Established in 2001, it was the first research programme in the UK to focus on this topic. Learn about my research projects here

As a qualified University lecturer I have led postgraduate and undergraduate modules as well as an online Masters programme of study. You can learn more about my teaching here.

My first degree and PhD are in psychology. My PhD explored the meaning of recreational dance drug use to young women. As well as providing insight into 1990s dance club culture in England, it was one of the first studies where women were interviewed about their experiences. And the first to report heavy and polydrug use in young women, therefore challenging traditional representations of femininity in the context of recreational drug use.

Professional activities

– Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network

– Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

– Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

– Postgraduate Research Lead (School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield)

– Member of the International Association of Critical Health Psychology

– Member of the Editorial Board for the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy (2014-18)

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