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Portrait of Dr Dawn Leeming Dr Dawn Leeming

d.leeming@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473545



Biography

Dawn joined the University in 2009, having previously worked at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness and the University of Northampton. Earlier in her career she was a clinical psychologist in the NHS, working with older adults in a community mental health team in Leicestershire. She obtained her BA (Hons) in Psychology from Nottingham University in 1985, her Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1991 and her PhD in 2008 from the University of East London where she was investigating the management and repair of shame. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section and the International Society of Critical Health Psychology.

Research & Scholarship

University research group memberships

Dawn is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research.

Research interests

Dawn has a wide range of research interests in the areas of health and well-being. In particular her research has focused on women’s experiences of breastfeeding and the social construction of these; the use of case formulation within psychological therapy; the management and repair of shame and the impact of mental health stigma on users of mental health services. Her research uses mostly qualitative methods and she is interested in the relative contributions of both contextual constructionist approaches and critical discursive methods for researching aspects of subjective experience.

Grants awarded:

  • 2004 - £15,717, British Academy Larger Research Grant Award. 'Is breast experienced as best? Piloting audio diaries to explore women's lived experience of breastfeeding.' (with Johnson, S., Lyttle, S. and Williamson, I.)
  • 2011 - £110 ESRC bursary for training in research methods.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2015

Leeming, D. and Marshall, J. (2015) ‘The concept of shame and how understanding this might enhance support for breastfeeding mothers’. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood Conference, 10-12 June 2015, Grange Over Sands, Lake District, UK

Leeming, D (2015) Breast and the rest Available at: http://blogs.hud.ac.uk/academics/blog/2015/03/23/breastfeeding-linked-to-higher-iq/

Williamson, I., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. and Johnson, S. (2015) ‘Evaluating the audio-diary method in qualitative researchQualitative Research Journal , 15 (1), pp. 20-34. ISSN 1443-9883

2014

Leeming, D., Brooks, J., Burr, V. and Lucock, M. (2014) ‘Therapists' perspectives on using case formulation’. In: 5th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference, 2-4th September 2014, Chania, Greece

Hill, J. and Leeming, D. (2014) ‘Reconstructing ‘the Alcoholic’: Recovering from Alcohol Addiction and the Stigma this EntailsInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction . ISSN 1557-1874

2013

Leeming, D. and Boyle, M. (2013) ‘Exploring paralysis in the face of shame: An example of pluralism in qualitative analysis. ’. In: Annual conference of Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section of British Psychological Society, 4-6 September, Huddersfield

Leeming, D. and Boyle, M. (2013) ‘Shame and using mental health services: Connection and validation or alienation and objectification? ’. In: 8th biennial conference of International Society of Critical Health Psychology, July, 2013, Bradford, UK

Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. and Lyttle, S. (2013) ‘Socially sensitive lactation: Exploring the social context of breastfeedingPsychology and Health , 28 (4), pp. 450-468. ISSN 0887-0446

Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. and Lyttle, S. (2013) ‘Making use of expertise: A qualitative analysis of the experience of breastfeeding support for first time mothersMaternal & Child Nutrition . ISSN 1740-8709

Leeming, D. and Boyle, M. (2013) ‘Managing shame: An interpersonal perspectiveBritish Journal of Social Psychology , 52 (1), pp. 140-160. ISSN 0144-6665

2012

Williamson, I., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. and Johnson, S. (2012) ‘It should be the most natural thing in the world: exploring first-time mothers' breastfeeding difficulties in the UK using audio-diaries and interviewsMaternal and Child Nutrition , 8 (4), pp. 434-447. ISSN 1740-8695

Johnson, S., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. and Williamson, I. (2012) ‘Empowerment or regulation? Exploring the implications of women’s perspectives on pumping breast milk’. In: Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. : Rutgers University Press. . ISBN 9780813553030

Johnson, S., Leeming, D., Williamson, I. and Lyttle, S. (2012) ‘Maintaining the 'good maternal body': Expressing milk as a way of negotiating the demands and dilemmas of early infant feeding. Journal of Advanced Nursing . ISSN 0309-2402

2011

Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. and Lyttle, S. (2011) ‘Becoming a breastfeeding mother: An interactionist perspective’. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives , 8-10 June 2011, Lancashire, UK

2010

Leeming, D (2010) ‘Book review 'The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood by Didier Fassin & Richard RechtmanSocial psychological review , 12 (2), pp. 37-40. ISSN 1369-7862

Leeming, D., Boyle, M. and MacDonald, J. (2010) ‘Managing shame in relation to both diagnostic & psychosocial conceptualisations of psychological problems’. In: The 3rd Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference , 25-27 August, 2010, University of Nottingham, UK

2009

Johnson , S., Williamson, I., Lyttle, S. and Leeming, D. (2009) ‘Expressing yourself: A feminist analysis of talk around expressing breast milkSocial Science and Medicine , 69 (6), pp. 900-907. ISSN 0277-9536

Leeming, D., Boyle, M. and MacDonald, J. (2009) ‘Accounting for psychological problems: How user-friendly is formulation?Clinical Psychology Forum , 200, pp. 12-15. ISSN 1473-8279

2005

Leeming, D., Boyle, M. and MacDonald, J. (2005) ‘‘Even though I do not regret what I did,…I felt ashamed’: Shame and the Judgement of Others’. In: 2005 Scottish Branch Annual Conference BPS, 25-26th November 2005, Saluation Hotel, Perth

2004

Leeming, D. and Boyle, M. (2004) ‘Shame as a social phenomenon: A critical analysis of the concept of dispositional shamePsychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice , 77 (3), pp. 375-396. ISSN 1476-0835

2002

Leeming , D., Lyttle, S. and Hanley, M. (2002) ‘Young people’s images of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy , 9 (2), pp. 169-185. ISSN 0968-7637

1998

Leeming, D (1998) ‘Shame and later lifePSIGE Newsletter , 67, pp. 17-21.

Esteem

Membership of editorial review boards:

Journal of Human Lactation

Journal and grant application reviewing:

Qualitative Research in Psychology; Psychology & Health; Critical Discourse Studies; Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy; Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy; Social Psychology Quarterly; Journal of Human Lactation; Medical Research Council; National Institute for Health Research

Recent external examining:

University of Northampton; University of East Anglia; University of Alberta, Canada

Research Degree Supervision

Currently supervising doctoral and masters research in the following areas:

  • Shame in psychotherapy training
  • The practice of existential psychotherapy
  • The lived experience of voice hearing for people with learning disabilities
  • Service users’ experiences of accessing a mental health employment service
  • Community nurses’ perspectives on working with South Asian survivors of domestic violence
  • The lived experience of crying for men
  • The role of honour, shame and izzat in shaping British Pakistani perceptions of gender and identity
  • An ethnographic study of support services for sex workers
  • The impact of divorce on British Muslim women

Dawn is also interested in supervising postgraduate research on the following topics:

  • Shame - subjective experience, discursive construction, resistance, management, repair
  • Qualitative explorations of aspects of the subjective experience of psychological problems and of accessing mental health services
  • Transition to motherhood, particularly breastfeeding
  • Alternatives to psychiatric models of psychological problems

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy chair School Research Ethics Panel
  • Member of management committee, Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader:

  • HIK2001 Evaluating Theories of Counselling
  • HHB2007 Exploring Clinical Psychology

Other teaching:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Psychological Difficulties
  • Psychology of Health and Well-being
  • Critical perspectives on Individual Differences
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