Prize winning presence at BPS conference

Submitted by Dr Helen Owton

10-13 July 2013, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Park, UK

We are very proud to announce that at the recent British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women’s Section (POWS) Conference, Stephen Symons, a third year, in the Psychology department was awarded the POWS undergraduate prize for his dissertation entitled Discursive constructions of UK swingers’ self-identities and practices in a culturally gendered mononormative context. He presented an outstanding poster together with a team of colleagues who also presented at the conference from the Division of Psychology and the School of Health and the Centre for Health and Wellbeing research. 

Stephen Symons POWSDr Jane Callaghan, Associate Professor, and Professor Judith Sixsmith presented their work on discourses of childhood in situations of domestic abuse entitled “Growing up with violence” with important implications for clinical practice.  Dr Jane Callaghan also conducted a joint workshop on the challenges and opportunities of publishing feminist research which was extremely informative and valuable for conference attendees. 

Dr Helen Owton presented her work on international student-parents through feminist methodological inquiry entitled “A Better life”.  She also conducted an analysis workshop on poetic inquiry touching on the forefront of cutting edge innovative qualitative methods. 

Some of the postgraduate students that are working under the supervision of Dr Jane Callaghan also took the opportunity to present their work: Carmel Capewell presented her thought-provoking paper on mothers and professionals: “A phenomenological study of living with a child intermittent hearing loss”. Lauren Ward presented her paper entitled “Military Manliness: The construction of masculinity and emotional expression within ministry of defence advertising campaigns” which stimulated a new framework about understanding emotion and masculinity.  Jane Youell presented her powerful work on constructions, meanings and sense of home for couples living with dementia entitled “Home is here and gone away”. 

Presenters from the University of Northampton were very well received by an audience of critical academics and the conference was a valuable opportunity to stage some of the university’s innovative research in psychology and health and mix with like-minded researchers in similar fields.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Conferences, School of Health, School of Social Sciences and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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