Dr Susan Hansen joined Middlesex University in 2009. She was previously a Lecturer in Social Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Murdoch University, Australia) The Social Psychology of Common Sense
  • BA (Hons) (Murdoch University, Australia) Psychology

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.  

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.

Research Publications

Still not receiving the support they deserve... Final evaluation report for the Stella Project Young Women's Initiative

Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Hansen, Susan and Rogers, Shola Apena and Adler, Joanna R. (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.

Social class

Das Nair, Roshan and Hansen, Susan (2012) Social class. In: Intersectionality, sexuality and psychological therapies: working with lesbian, gay and bisexual diversity. Das Nair, Roshan and Butler, Catherine , eds. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 137-163. ISBN 9780470974995

Age and ageing

Gibson, Stuart and Hansen, Susan (2012) Age and ageing. In: Intersectionality, sexuality and psychological therapies: working with lesbian, gay and bisexual diversity. Das Nair, Roshan and Butler, Catherine , eds. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 239-263. ISBN 9780470974995

Venus and Mars, the miscommunication model and other rape myths

Rapley, Mark and Hansen, Susan and O'Byrne, Rachael (2008) Venus and Mars, the miscommunication model and other rape myths. Clinical Psychology Forum, 192 . pp. 37-42. ISSN 1747-5732

On-line constructions of metrosexuality and masculinities: a membership categorization analysis

Hall, Matthew and Gough, Brendan and Seymour-Smith, Sarah and Hansen, Susan (2012) On-line constructions of metrosexuality and masculinities: a membership categorization analysis. Gender and Language, 6 (2). pp. 379-403. ISSN 1747-6321

Behaviour within groups

Hansen, Susan and Wilcoxson, Paige and Bysouth, Don (2010) Behaviour within groups. In: Essential psychology: a concise introduction. Banyard, Philip and Davies, Mark N. O. and Norman, Christine and Winder, Belinda , eds. Sage, London, pp. 195-212. ISBN 9781847875389

Where angels fear to tread: the undergraduate research project

Forshaw, Mark and Hansen, Susan (2010) Where angels fear to tread: the undergraduate research project. In: Teaching psychology in higher education. Upton, Dominic and Trapp, Annie , eds. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN 9781405195492

If a girl doesn't say no … : young men, rape and claims of insufficient knowledge

O'Byrne, Rachael and Hansen, Susan and Rapley, Mark (2008) If a girl doesn't say no … : young men, rape and claims of insufficient knowledge. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 18 (3). pp. 168-193. ISSN 1052-9284

ADHD patient or illicit drug user? Managing medico-moral membership categories in drug dependence services

Schubert, Sarah J. and Hansen, Susan and Dyer, Kyle R. and Rapley, Mark (2009) ADHD patient or illicit drug user? Managing medico-moral membership categories in drug dependence services. Discourse & Society, 20 (4). pp. 499-516. ISSN 0957-9265

Young heterosexual men’s use of the miscommunication model in explaining acquaintance rape

Hansen, Susan and O'Byrne, Racheal and Rapley, Mark (2010) Young heterosexual men’s use of the miscommunication model in explaining acquaintance rape. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 7 (1). pp. 45-49. ISSN 1868-9884

View more publications in the Research Repository

Recently funded projects include:

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.