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Jan has a BSc Hons in Psychology, a PhD in Sociology, a Postgraduate certificate in Higher Education, she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. She began her academic career at the University of Sheffield and was employed there for 15 years in the School of Clinical Dentistry, teaching across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.  Her main focus is marginalised groups and health, which is grounded in Disability Studies thinking.  She has led and lectured on large modules, developed programmes and supervised 32 Masters students and 7 PhD students to completion. Her interests are disability, marginalised groups, mental health, psychosocial resilience and her methodological expertise is in qualitative research methods. She reviews for numerous journals, the World Health Organisation and the NIHR. Jan joined Manchester in 2020 as a researcher.

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, Teaching and Learning, The University of Sheffield

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008

Doctor of Philosophy, The healthcare encounters of people with learning difficulties, The University of Sheffield

Award Date: 30 Oct 2006

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Bolton

24 Sept 199730 Jun 2000

Award Date: 1 Jun 2000

External positions

Honorary Lecturer, The University of Sheffield

31 Jul 2020 → …

External Examiner, University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School

2020 → …

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Disability Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Narrative Analysis


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