Dr Irene Dudley-Swarbrick

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    I am interested in supervising interdisciplinary projects using qualitative methods (particularly ethnography) of healthcare work, including but not limited to psychotherapeutic interventions, emotional wellbeing and health, particularly in women and NHS staff.


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    Personal profile


    My background includes working in clinical health sciences in the NHS, as well as teaching in both Further and Higher Education, then a diversion to women-focused community work in a Social Enterprise, and back to academia.

    Research interests

    My interdisciplinary interests come from my theoretical background in Science and Technology Studies, (After)Actor-Network Theory,  Women's Studies, and Humanistic Psychotherapy. I focus on women's health, including experiences of cancer, and of eating disorders. Methodologically I have used method assemblage (after Law, 2004), ethnomethodology, interviews, documentary analysis, and framework development.


    I am a joint Programme Leader for the MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contemporary Creative Approaches. This innovative programme reflects my feminist desire for widening participation in the training of creative psychotherapists to support the emotional and mental health of individuals and their communities. It offers a unique hybrid model supported by technology-enhanced learning (TEL) to train creative psychotherapists that pleases my science and technology studies (STS) sensibilities.

    Lectures/Workshops: I teach on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Topics include research methods, ethics in professional practice, eating disorders, feminist research.

    Specialist modules: I teach Process-Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Expressive Art Therapy at postgraduate levels, and provide Clinical Group Supervision. I also teach using TEL for psychotherapeutic skills development.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Advanced Certificate in Person-Centred Expressive Art Therapy, ACCEPT

    Research Training in Women's Studies, MA, Lancaster University

    Sociology: Social Studies of Science and Technology, PhD, Lancaster University

    Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling, University of Central Lancashire

    Medical Ultrasound and Medical Physics, MSc, University of Salford

    Emotion Focused Therapy Certificate Level 1, University of Strathclyde

    Emotion Focused Therapy Certificate Level 2, University of Strathclyde

    Other positions

    Review Editor, Frontiers in Psychology


    • HM Sociology
    • Mental Health
    • Qualitative Research
    • Arts for Wellbeing
    • Psychotherapy
    • Arts therapies

    Research Centres

    • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing


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