Deborah Rodriguez started her part-time doctoral studies within the Psychology Department at Middlesex University in October 2012. Her research explores changes in attachment behaviours across the transition to second-time parenthood in both partners of heterosexual couples, and examines the meaning that this experience has on the couples in understanding changes to their sense of self, to their relationship, and to their relationship networks in relation to their respective attachment behaviours. This longitudinal and prospective study uses multiple methods (psychosocial method, visual methods and participant diaries), generating multidimensional material, and the data is analysed using pluralistic qualitative mixed methods (e.g. narrative analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and a psychosocial analysis). She is currently collecting and analysing the data of the first phase of the research.
Deborah's doctoral research draws and builds upon her undergraduate qualitative exploration of the transition to second-time motherhood, where the second child has a disability.
Deborah is also currently involved in various projects as a Research Assistant, and also teaches on some of the Psychology modules at Middlesex University.
Prior to this, Deborah graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Skills with a First class in 2012, also from Middlesex University. She currently volunteers as a Bereavement Counsellor with a charity organisation to maintain and further develop her counselling skills.
Deborah has presented her work at various conferences, both national and international, and has recently been invited to become a member of the Executive Committee of the International Attachment Network UK (IAN-UK) in the role of International Coordinator.
She is also a member of various British Psychological Society divisions and sections, as well as a member of the Network for Pluralistic Qualitative Researchers (N-PQR), the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), and the Applied Health Psychology Research Group.
Languages spoken:Deborah is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Attachment theory, adult attachment, development across the lifespan, couple relationships and family research, identity, psychosocial, psychotherapy, qualitative and pluralistic research, multi- and mixed methods.
Her publications so far include:
- PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES
Rodriguez, D., Frost, N. A., & Oskis, A. (in press). The application of a qualitative approach to adult attachment research: A short report. The Quarterly.
Rodriguez, D. (in press). A qualitative analysis on John Bowlby's final interview on attachment theory. Attachment: New Directions in Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Frost, N. A., & Rodriguez, D. (2015). "And it was all my choice but it didn't feel like a choice": A re-examination of interpretation of data using a 'rhetoric of choice' lens. Women's Studies International Forum. Special Issue: Choosing Mothering? The gendering of agency. Advance online publication doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2014.12.003.
Elichaoff, F., Rodriguez, D., and Murphy, A. (2014). More than just a method: doctoral students' perspectives on the place of qualitatively driven mixed methods. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin (17). pp. 17-22.
Rodriguez, D., & Frost, N. A. (2015). "Even though I always wanted to be a mum, it is not all that I wanted to be." Experiences of mothering more than one child, with and without disability. Manuscript in preparation.
- BOOK CHAPTERS
Hesse-Biber, S., Rodriguez, D., & Frost, N. A. (2015). A Qualitatively-Driven Approach to Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research. In B. Johnson and S. Hesse-Biber (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry, (pp. 3-20). New York: Oxford University Press.
Rodriguez, D. (2014). Marga Vicedo, The nature and nurture of love: From imprinting to attachment in cold war America. Feminism and Psychology. Advance online publication doi: 10.1177/0959353514558763.
Wanat, M., & Rodriguez, D. (2014). Audience reflections on the PsyPAG Psychotherapy Section symposium July 2013. Psychotherapy Section Review, 51, 69-70.
Rodriguez, D., Frost, N. A., & Oskis, A. (2014, May & June). Rethinking the adult attachment paradigm: The application of a qualitative pluralistic approach to couple relationships. Paper presented at both the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and at the Research Students Summer Conference, Middlesex University, London, UK.
Rodriguez, D., & Frost, N. A. (May, 2015). Presionando los límites de la investigación cualitativa: El avance de innovación en métodos cualitativos mixtos. (Pushing at the boundaries of qualitative research: The emergence and development of qualitative mixed methods innovations). Paper presented at A Day in Spanish at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Rodriguez, D., & Frost, N. A. (2015, May). A methodological reflection on the application of qualitative pluralistic research to couple relationships. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association's Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology Second Annual Conference, City University New York, New York, USA.
Rodriguez, D. (2014, September). Comparando las metodologías clínica y empírica en la investigación sobre el apego a lo largo del ciclo vital. (Comparing clinical and empirical methodology in attachment theory across the lifespan). Paper presented at the International Attachment Network Iberoamerican Attachment and Psychotherapy Conference, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
Rodriguez, D. (2014, September). Empirical Pluralistic Research. Roundtable discussion at the Afternoon of Pluralism Event, Middlesex University, UK.
Rodriguez, D., & Frost, N. A. (2014, June). The application of a qualitatively-driven multimethod approach to the reformulation of identity in mothers of children with and without disability. Paper presented at both the Mixed Methods International Research Association Inaugural Conference, Boston College, Boston, USA and at the Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters Conference, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, UK.
Rodriguez, D. (2013, September). Adult attachment: It's about time qualitative methods made an appearance. Paper presented at the 2013 BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK.
Rodriguez, D. (2013, July). "Even though I always wanted to be a mum, it is not all that I wanted to be." Experiences of mothering more than one child, with and without disability. In A. W. Griffiths (Chair), Caring for Caregivers: Exploring Mental and Physical Health in Caregivers, and its Impact on Patient Outcome Symposium. Symposium conducted at the PsyPAG Annual Conference, Lancaster University, UK.
Rodriguez, D. (2013, July). "Even though I always wanted to be a mum, it is not all that I wanted to be." Experiences of mothering more than one child, who are and are not identified as having a disability. Paper presented at the BPS Psychology of Women Annual Conference, Cumberland Lodge, UK.
Rodriguez, D. (2013, June). The application of narrative analysis to the changes in the sense of identity in mothers of children with and without disability. Paper presented at the Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology Annual Conference, University of Derby, UK.
Rodriguez, Deborah and Frost, Nollaig and Oskis, Andrea (2016) The application of a qualitative approach to adult attachment research: a short report. Quarterly (100). pp. 10-14. ISSN 1746-6016
Hesse-Biber, Sharlene and Frost, Nollaig and Rodriguez, Deborah (2015) Qualitatively-driven approaches to mixed method research. In: The Oxford Handbook of Mixed and Multi Methods Research. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199933624
Frost, Nollaig and Rodriguez, Deborah (2015) “And it was all my choice but it didn’t feel like a choice”: a re-examination of interpretation of data using a ‘rhetoric of choice’ lens. Women's Studies International Forum, 53 . pp. 192-199. ISSN 0277-5395 (Accepted/In press)
Elichaoff, Frauke and Rodriguez, Deborah and Murphy, Anthony (2014) More than just a method: doctoral students' perspectives on the place of qualitatively driven mixed methods. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin (17). pp. 17-22. ISSN 2044-0820