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Dr Alison Davies

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • a.z.davies

Professional biography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a registered therapist working in private practice. I am trained in psychodynamic and person-centred methods. Until recently, I was an Associate Lecturer on several Psychology modules including DE300, DD317, D240 & DD310. I have also worked as a children's play therapist

Professional Membership

I belong to the British Psychological Society and am a member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section and the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Research interests

Research interests

My research has focused on the discursive work performed by families and individuals affected by health and mental health related issues. I am interested in issues around parenting, in particular, how identities are constructed within discourse and how individuals take up and resist these identities in everyday practices.

Methodologically, I am mainly (but not exclusively) interested in critical approaches to social psychology, including discursive, psychoanalytic, phenomenological and feminist approaches.  

Select Publications

Stenner, P., O’Dell, L. & Davies, A. (2019) Adult women and ADHD: On the temporal dimensions of ADHD identities. The Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour

O’Dell L, Earle S, Rixon A and Davies, A. (2018) Role of peer support for people with a spinal cord injury. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns. 2018.e10869

Horton-Salway, M. and Davies, A. (2018) The Discourse of ADHD: Perspectives on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Palgrave/Macmillan

Davies, A. & Horton-Salway, M. (2016). ‘The Construction of Adult ADHD: Anna’s Story’. In the Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health, (Michelle O’Reilly and Jessica Nina Lester (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 117 - 134

Davies, A. and Horton-Salway, M. (2016). Why focus on discourse?  Discursive Psychology and Identity. In Investigating Psychology 3, (Ness, H., Kaye, H. & Stenner, P. (Eds.) The Open University, 2016, pp 389 – 435

Horton-Salway, M and Davies, A. (2015). Moral Evaluations in Repertoires of ADHD. In the Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health. (Michelle O’Reilly and Jessica Nina Lester (Eds.). Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015, pp. 158-174

Davies, A. (2011) ‘Counselling children: Values and practice’.  In Working with Children and Young People: Co-constructing Practice (Lindsay O’Dell and Steve Leverett (Eds.) Open University Reader for modules: work with children, young people and families in Scotland (K229) Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Teaching interests

I have been involved in module production, for several OU Psychology modules, contributing material to the online VLE materials for DD317 Advancing Social Psychology; authoring a chapter for the DE300 Investigating Psychology 3 core text book, and authoring a chapter for the post-graduate module DD801: Principles of Social and Psychological Inquiry.

I have taught as an AL on the Psychology modules DE300, D317, D240, and, previously, DD307​

Publications

Adult women and ADHD: on the temporal dimensions of ADHD identities (2019-06-03)
Stenner, Paul; O'Dell, Lindsay and Davies, Alison
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 49(2) (pp. 179-197)
Role of peer support for people with a spinal cord injury (2018-11-27)
O'Dell, Lindsay; Earle, Sarah; Rixon, Andrew and Davies, Alison
Nursing Standard ((Early Access))
The Discourse of ADHD: Perspectives on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2018-05)
Horton-Salway, Mary and Davies, Alison
The Language of Mental Health
ISBN : 978-3-319-76026-1 | Publisher : Palgrave/Macmillan
The Construction of Adult ADHD: Anna’s Story (2016)
Davies, Alison and Horton-Salway, Mary
In: O'Reilly, Michelle and Lester, Jessica Nina eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health (pp. 117-133)
ISBN : 978-1-137-49685-0 | Publisher : Palgrave/Macmillan
Moral Evaluations in Repertoires of ADHD (2015)
Horton-Salway, Mary and Davies, Alison
In: O'Reilly, Michelle and Lester, Jessica Nina eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health (pp. 158-174)
ISBN : 978-1-137-42831-8 | Publisher : Palgrave/Macmillan

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