Dr Susan Hansen joined Middlesex University in 2009. She was previously a Lecturer in Social Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.
PhD (Murdoch University, Australia) The Social Psychology of Common Sense
BA (Hons) (Murdoch University, Australia) Psychology
Learning & Teaching Interests
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching
Susan is responsible for the development and delivery of qualitative research methods training for first, second and third year psychology students. She edited a Special Issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology on 'Teaching Qualitative Methods in Psychology' and, with Mark Forshaw, contributed a chapter on the efffective supervision of undergraduate qualitative research projects to a volume on Teaching Psychology in Higher Education (please see publications section for more details). She hosts the Discourse Analysis Group, which meets weekly during term time. Susan also teaches applied social psychology, contributes to the Forensic Masters program, and is Second Year Coordinator for undergraduate psychology.
Current PHD students
Astra Kassiram – East Indian women's experiences of somatisation disorder and domestic violence (co-supervised with Miranda Horvath and Paul De Mornay Davies)
Conferences and Training
With Drs Miranda Horvath and Jackie Gray, Susan convened Forensic Psychological Services' conference on Sexual Violence, held on the 8th September 2011 at Middlesex Univeristy. Drs Susan Hansen, Miranda Horvath and Jackie Gray designed and delivered a series of workshops on sexual violence commissioned by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre, as part of the Division of Forensic Psychology Continuing Professional Development Workshop Series. These were on 'The Psychology of Sexual Violence', 'Preventing Sexual Violence' and 'Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence' and were held in London and Glasgow.
Research Outputs & Interests
Susan has a background in critical social psychology, and expertise in a range of qualitative methods. Although Susan's recent work has seen her develop more fine grained methods of analysis, including conversation analysis, she has a long standing interest in applied discursive social psychology. She is particularly interested in the applied conversation analysis of forensic topics, including the negotiation of sexual consent and sexual refusal; and she has an ongoing interest in 'disputed' diagnostic categories within psychology; and in the psychology of sexualities; and an emerging interest in the psychology and social semiotics of street art.
Horvath, Miranda A. H. (2013) Still not receiving the support they deserve... Final evaluation report for the Stella Project Young Women's Initiative. Project Report. AVA (Against Violence & Abuse), London, UK.
2010 - 2013 - Research on the overlaps between problem substance use and domestic and sexual violence experienced by young women. For Against Violence and Abuse (http://www.avaproject.org.uk) funded by the John Paul Getty Jnr Foundation.
2010 - 2013 - Evaluating the Stella Project Mental Health Initiative. For Against Violence and Abuse (www.avaproject.org.uk) funded by the Department of Health.