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Dr Rose Capdevila

Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer & Director of Research
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • rose.capdevila

Professional biography

  • Senior Lecturer & Director of Research for the School of Psychology
  • Co-editor of Feminism & Psychology

Research interests

My research focuses on the construction and transgression of discursive boundaries around identity - in particular political and gender identities. I am also interested in the role and politics of methodology in psychology.

Current Projects

  • 'Picture perfect?' An examination of the use of photo enhancement apps in the construction of women’s identities on social networking sites.
  • ‘Mother knows best?’ Exploring mothers’ engagement with science-based advice on MMR immunisation

Selected Publications

Capdevila, R. (2015) Negotiating health, mothering and ‘choice’.  Psicologia della Salute, 1: 9-29.

Roper, S., Capdevila, R., Lazard, L. & Roberts, A. (2015) How is this feminist again? Q as a feminist methodology. Psychology of Women Section Review, 17: 3-12

Capdevila, R. & Lazard, L. (2015) Psychology of Women. In Parker, I. (ed) Handbook of Critical Psychology. London: Routledge.

Johnson, S. & Capdevila, R. (2014) That’s just what’s expected of you … so you do it’: Mothers discussions around choice and the MMR vaccination. Psychology & Health. Online first, 1-16.

Rutherford, A., Capdevila, R., Undurti, V. & Palmary, I. (2011) (eds.) Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminism. Book Series: International and Cultural Psychology. New York: Springer.

Lazard, L., Capdevila, R. & Roberts, A. (2011) Methodological pluralism in theory and in practice: the case for Q in the community. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8(2), 140-150.

For full listing a repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200) - Chair

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Social Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

Negotiating health, mothering and ‘choice’ (2015-01)
Capdevila, Rose
Psicologia della Salute(1/2015) (pp. 9-29)
How is this feminist again? Q as a feminist methodology (2015)
Roper, Sandra; Capdevila, Rose; Lazard, Lisa and Roberts, Anca
Psychology of Women Section Review, 17 (pp. 3-12)
That’s just what’s expected of you … so you do it’: Mothers discussions around choice and the MMR vaccination (2014-03-07)
Johnson, Sally and Capdevila, Rose
Psychology & Health, 29(8) (pp. 861-876)
Feminism & Psychology going forward (Editorial) (2014-02)
Macleod, Catriona; Marecek, Jeanne and Capdevila, Rose
Feminism & Psychology, 24(1) (pp. 3-17)
Towards a transnational feminism: Dialogues on feminisms and psychologies in a Latin American context (2012-05)
Montenegro, Marisela; Capdevila, Rose and Figueroa Sarriera, Heidi
Feminism & Psychology, 22(2) (pp. 220-227)
What is narrative therapy and what is it not? The usefulness of Q methodology to explore accounts of White & Epston’s (1990) approach to narrative therapy (2011-11)
Wallis, Jennifer; Burns, Jan and Capdevila, Rose
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 18(6) (pp. 486-497)
Methodological pluralism in theory and in practice: the case for Q in the community (2011-06-01)
Lazard, Lisa; Capdevila, Rose and Roberts, Anca
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8(2) (pp. 140-150)
The personal and the political are feminist: exploring the relationships among feminism, psychology, and political life (2010-12)
Zurbriggen, Eileen L. and Capdevila, Rose
Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34(4) (pp. 458-459)
Lysistratus, Lysistrata, Lysistratum:coconstructing the identities of mother and activist (2010)
Capdevila, Rose
Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34(4) (pp. 530-537)
We are a real family: A Q methodological study on the experience of stepmothers (2010)
Roper, Sandra and Capdevila, Rose
Radical Psychology: A Journal of Psychology, Politics, and Radicalism, 9(2)
Justice and care: theorising the 'New Man' and the 'Caring Father' (2009-10)
Marzano, Lisa; Capdevila, Rose; Ciclitira, Karen and Lazard, Lisa
Psychology of Women Section Review, 11(2) (pp. 11-20)
Q methodology and a Delphi poll: a useful approach to researching a narrative approach to therapy (2009)
Wallis, Jennifer; Burns, Jan and Capdevila, Rose
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 6(3) (pp. 173-190)
Q methodology and a Delphi poll: a useful approach to researching a narrative approach to therapy (2009)
Wallis, Jennifer; Burns, Jan and Capdevila, Rose
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 6(3) (pp. 173-190)
Globalisation, migration & asylum: the peril of the alien and the safety of the familiar (Editors’ Introduction) (2008)
Callaghan, Jane and Capdevila, Rose
Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 6 (pp. 1-3)
'Is it just me...?': Q methodology and representing the marginal (2008)
Capdevila, Rose and Lazard, Lisa
Operant Subjectivity, 32 (pp. 70-84)
‘It’s not racist. It’s common sense.’ A critical analysis of political discourse around asylum and immigration in the UK (2008)
Capdevila, Rose and Callaghan, Jane E. M.
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 18(1) (pp. 1-16)
Redefinition reviewed: what 'Toward aRedefinition of Sex and Gender' can offer today (2007)
Capdevila, Rose
Feminism & Psychology, 17(4) (pp. 465-469)
Feminisms without borders: exploring the relationships between feminist and political psychology (2006-02)
Capdevila, Rose and Unger, Rhoda
Feminism & Psychology, 16(1) (pp. 5-11)
If I am woman, who are 'they'? The construction of 'other' feminisms (2006)
Capdevila, R.; Ciclitira, K.; Lazard, L. and Marzano, L.
Psychology of Women Section Review, 8(2) (pp. 1-13)
Baby or beauty: a Q study into post pregnancy body image (2005-02)
Jordon, Kelly; Capdevila, Rose and Johnson, Sally
Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23(1) (pp. 19-31)
Postmodern feminist psychology (2016-04-21)
Lazard, Lisa; McAvoy, Jean and Capdevila, Rose
In: Naples, Nancy; Hoogland, Renee C.; Wickramasinghe, Maithree and Wong, Wai Ching Angela eds. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies
ISBN : 978-1-4051-9694-9 | Publisher : Wiley Blackwell
Psychological Theory, Research, Methodology, and Feminist Critiques (2016-04-21)
Capdevila, Rose and McAvoy, Jean M.
In: Naples, Nancy; , and , eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies
ISBN : 9781405196949 | Publisher : John Wiley & Sons | Published : Oxford
Psychology of women: questions of politics and practice (2015-04-26)
Capdevila, Rose and Lazard, Lisa
In: Parker, Ian ed. Handbook of Critical Psychology. Routledge International Handbooks (pp. 191-199)
ISBN : 978-1-84872-218-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Hove, New York
Gender, Overview (2014)
Capdevila, Rose and Lazard, Lisa
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 763-767)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5583-7 | Publisher : Springer-Verlag | Published : New York
Feminisms and psychologies: multiple meanings, diverse practices, and forging possibilities in an age of globalization (2011)
Rutherford, Alexandra; Capdevila, Rose; Undurti, Vindhya and Palmary, Ingrid
In: Rutherford, Alexandra; Capdevila, Rose; Undurti, Vindhya and Palmary, Ingrid eds. Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminism: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights. International and Cultural Psychology (pp. 3-15)
ISBN : 9781441998682 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York, USA
I did it my way: the implications of methodological choices in critical work (2007)
Capdevila, Rose
In: Van Deventer, Vasi ; Terre Blanche, Martin; Fourie, Eduard and Segalo, Puleng eds. Citizen City: Between constructing agent and constructed agency (pp. 197-205)
ISBN : 978-1-55322-164-7 | Publisher : Captus University Publications | Published : Ontario
Handbook of International Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights (2011)
Rutherford, Alexandra; Capdevila, Rose; Undurti, Vindhya and Palmary, Ingrid eds.
International and Cultural Psychology
ISBN : 978-1-4419-9868-2 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York

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