About My Research

Topic Specialisms and Methods

I have been engaged in psychological research for over 14 years. My topic specialisms include: hearing voices, experiences of presence in grief, child and adolescent therapies, humanistic psychotherapy, health/mental health service evaluation. My methods are: phenomenology, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, narrative biographic interviewing, narrative analysis, non-participant observation, qualitative and mixed methods designs.

What unites all of my work is my interest in how the social realities we live in become a part of us…

Research Focus

My main research focus at present is on hearing voices in different life circumstances including grief. What unites all of my work is my interest in how the social realities we live in become a part of us/our psychology: both our possibilities, and that which holds us back.


I have supervised large teams of researchers, and postgraduate student research projects in clinical and counselling psychology. So far, I have supervised 3 PhD students, 5 PsychD Counselling Psychology students and 10 Masters students to completion, and am currently supervising a further 6 doctoral research students.

I have worked at the University of Manchester, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families/University College London, and the University of Roehampton.

BBC Radio 4 – Short Cuts, Series 15, Never Let Me Go

You can hear me speaking about some of my work in this programme. In it, I interview a man who has experienced the presence of his wife since her death, and I talk about this area of research.

(After Image, Produced by Edward Lawrenson)


Get in Touch

I offer research consultation for trainees, the media, the arts, and the general public. Send me a message via the contact page if you would like to know more.