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School of Psychology

Professor Stenner research interests include: Using Q methodology and qualitative methods. I have conducted detailed studies of the multiple perspectives and experiences at play in social circumstances involving complex health issues. I have studied a number of health issues using this ‘transdisciplinary psychosocial approach’ including IBS, drug addiction, ADHD and chronic lower back pain. I am also interested in concepts which link health concerns to subjectivity via forms of governance, such as ‘active ageing’, ‘wellbeing’, ‘health related quality of life’ and ‘self-management’. This concern linking health, subjectivity and governance addresses a form of ‘health citizenship’.

Projects

From 2011-14 I collaborated with a team based in South East England (with Dr Carol McCrum as PI) exploring the meaning of self-management in the care of chronic low-back disorder. Funded by a Research for Patient Benefit Programme grant from the National Institute for Health Research, this research developed a Q methodological instrument through which 4 distinct perspectives were identified amongst practitioners and patients. A next step will be to expand and develop this project to maximize the value of self-management for patients.
From April 2015 I collaborated with Dr Lindsay O’Dell, Dr Mary Horton-Salway and Dr Alsion Davies on a one year British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant award funded project. This qualitative research explored how a sample of women diagnosed or self-diagnosed with ADHD understand their condition and its implications for their lives and those close to them. A next step will be to expand the sample in order to test our exploratory findings.

Future directions. The question of how to study subjectivity and experience is a growing concern within health related studies due to the increasing salience of patient-centred health care. The theoretical underpinnings and methodology appropriate to this concern will be a core area of interest in future years.

Video Series

Walter Perry the founding Vice Chancellor of the Open University had a vision for the university to be at the cutting edge of both education and research and was instrumental in ensuring that the OU engaged in research in Health and Wellbeing. 50 years on we take a look at some of the exciting work taking place today. ‘Walter was adamant that the university was committed to high-quality...

MK Innovates Festival

The festival showcased Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics excellence in Milton Keynes on 11th October 2019. Open University's Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area hosted a stand to showcase the breadth and depth of our research. A few pictures posted here from the...

Early Career Research Grant awarded by the AHRC

Dr Victoria Newton, Senior Research Fellow, has been awarded an Early Career Research Grant by the AHRC for a project titled Reproductive Bodylore: the role of vernacular knowledge in women's contraceptive decision-making. The project draws together folklore studies and health research. An approach which is uniquely innovative and novel. The study of vernacular knowledge can tell us much about...

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