About me

Hello and welcome to my site. I’m an academic and my work sits within the social psychology and health psychology fields. I am passionate about addressing inequalities, especially those that affect our health and well-being, and particularly in relation to (old) age and gender.
On this site you’ll find blog posts about issues that I research and/or teach. There are commentaries on ageism and sexism, older female bodies, gender and sexuality, intimate relationships, and sexual health and sexual well-being in middle and late adulthood. Use the ‘Tag Cloud’ at the bottom of each page to access these topics.
My first degree and PhD are in psychology, and my PhD (awarded in 2001) 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 female recreational drug users.
I’m a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield. Learn more about my research here and teaching here.
Professional activities
– Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
– Deputy Director of the Centre for Gender Research (University of Sheffield)
– 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
Please note that the views expressed on this site are mine and not necessarily those of the University.


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