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Deanne Bell

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Deanne Bell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

Career overview

Before joining NTU in February, 2019 Deanne was a senior lecturer at University of East London where she taught and supervised doctoral research. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Antioch College in the USA where she developed a decolonial psychology curriculum.

Deanne’s specialist areas are critical community psychology and liberation psychology.

Research areas

Deanne's research interests include:
  • Collective trauma
  • Social suffering
  • Structural violence
  • Indifference
  • The psychological effects of coloniality and decoloniality

Deanne utilises qualitative research methods in order to prioritise historically marginalised people’s voices. Participatory Action Research, oral history and retrospective autoethnography (a method she has co-created) are modes of doing research she actively engages with. She has experience using analytic methods such as Voice-centred Relational Method of Analysis, Diacritical Hermeneutics and Micro Phenomenology.

External activity

  • Multi-year consultant and evaluator of YoungMind’s Find Your Feet programme.
  • Board member Community Psychology in Global Perspective
  • Former board member Journal of Community Psychology
  • Member of the scientific committee of the 6th annual International Conference on Community Psychology 2016
  • Member of the scientific committee of the 8th annual International Conference on Community Psychology 2020
  • BPS Practice Guidance Contributor on Guidance for Psychologists on Working in Partnership with Community Organisations
  • Former Steering Committee Member: Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
  • Peer Reviewer for:
    • Yale University Press
    • Palgrave Macmillan
    • Journal of Community Counseling and Psychology, Independent Social Research Foundation
    • Psychology, Community Psychology in Global Perspective,
    • Journal for Social Action in Counseling

Press expertise

  • Collective Trauma
  • Social Suffering
  • Structural Violence
  • Bystanding social suffering
  • Indifference
  • Coloniality
  • Decoloniality

Course(s) I teach on

  • Student conducting an experiment
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2023