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Dr Deborah A. Lee

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Dr Deborah A. Lee FHEA FRSA MNCS (Accred) is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. She teaches on the BA Sociology, BSc Psychology with Sociology, and MA Sociology courses. Dr Lee has been an academic for over 20 years.

Teaching: Gender, Violence and Society; Sociology of Interpersonal Abuse; expertise in student employability (projects, placements), Sociology of the Real World; qualitative research methods; undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision; introductory sociological issues, debates, theory and methods teaching experience. Extensive expertise in encouraging creative student writing styles: for example, reflective accounts drawing on journal-writing, blogs, activism plans, autoethnographies, poetry, flash fiction.

Course leadership and management: Extensive experience of leading and managing single and joint honours courses at two universities, contributing across the full range of activities, including leading teams, organising workloads and timetabling, recruitment and selection of new staff, engagement in quality assurance and enhancement (curriculum development; degree validations/revalidations; external examiner recruitment and liaison; report generation), policy development, marketing, graduate employability, student support, retention and engagement. Excellent NSS scores.

Research areas

Feminist sociology

Gendered violence

Sociological and political person-centred and experiential psychotherapy

Existentially-informed sociological and political person-centred and experiential psychotherapy

Connecting sociology and psychotherapy

Critical explorations of 'psychopathology'

Psychotherapy and counselling training

#MeToo for counselling and psychotherapy

Arts-based approaches to person-centred case studies


Heuristic research

Autoethnography, auto/biography, memoir, creative non-fiction, politics of writing the self

Recent publications include:

Lee, DA and Palmer, E. (eds) (2020) #MeToo: Counsellors & psychotherapists speak about sexual violence and abuse. PCCS Books.

Available from PCCS Books website:

Special issue of Psychotherapy and Politics International (2020) - Guest Editor - Therapists' Lived Experiences.

Guest editorial: Lee, DA (2020) The politics of therapists writing the self - or, is everything 'copy'?

Lee, DA (2019) “@emmyzen liked your Tweet!” (and other stories): The antidote to case studies. Self & Society.

Lee, DA (2017) Enter centre stage the case study. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Reprinted in Bazzano, M. (ed) (2018) Revisioning Person-Centred Therapy: The Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm. London: Routledge.

Lee, DA (2017) A person-centred political critique of current post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth discourses. Psychotherapy and Politics International. Reprinted in Bazzano, M. (ed) (2018) Revisioning Person-Centred Therapy: The Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm. London: Routledge.

Member of the NTU Centre for Behavioural Research Methods

Associate member of the NTU Gender Research Group.

Experience of grant capture: Nuffield Foundation; Higher Education Academy Subject Centre C-SAP; Universities HR; Equation.

External activity

Dr Deborah A. Lee is an associate editor and editor of Notes from the Front Line at the academic journal Psychotherapy and Politics International. She was previously its co-editor for book reviews 2017-2020. Dr Lee works extensively with new, emerging and established writers to develop political writing for Psychotherapy and Politics International.

She also previously edited the PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility) Transformations journal, and co-edited the first issue of LIRIC, for Lapidus International.

Dr Deborah A. Lee is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy:

Dr Lee peer reviews papers for journals including: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Psychotherapy and Politics International, Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapies, The Person-Centered Journal, European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, and Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice.

She was a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Ethics Committee, appointed through a competitive interview process in 2016 for three years, with her membership successfully renewed for a second term, ending in 2021.

She is a member of Nottingham Writers' Studio.

Dr Deborah A. Lee is a qualified person-centred psychotherapist, with an MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy (with distinction) from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute Ltd, Nottingham. She is an Accredited registrant with the National Counselling Society - MNCS (Accred).

She is an External Examiner at Metanoia Institute.

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