I’m a Reader in Psychology and Health at the Division of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, and work in the area of ageing, gender, and health. I lead a programme of research (established 2001) which explores ageing, sexual health, sexual well-being, intimate relationships, and psychological factors of health and healthcare. The research is underpinned by a sexual rights approach, which sits firmly within human rights.
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, the findings challenged traditional representations of femininity in the context of recreational drug use. It was one of the first studies to interview women about their experiences, and thus to give them a voice.
– Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
– Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
– Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
– Postgraduate Research Lead (Division of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield)
– Member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology
– Member of the White Rose Gender Equality College