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Sarah Seymour Smith

Sarah Seymour-Smith

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Sarah teaches mainly on qualitative research methods at both undergraduate and masters levels. Sarah is also currently Director of Studies of two PhD students and is part of the supervision team of three other PhD students (and has supervised five further PhD students to successful completion, four as Director of Studies and one as co-supervisor). Sarah is also module leader for a third year option in her area of expertise, Gender, Identity and Body Image.

Sarah is a member of the Psychology Athena Swan working group. Sarah also a member of the CREC and C

In 2017 Sarah was awarded a mid-career citation of Excellence from the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section.

Career overview

Sarah's doctoral research, focusing on masculinity and health, was undertaken at The Open University. She then worked as a researcher at The Open University, with Margaret Wetherell, on an NHS-funded grant which evaluated the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) Citizen's Council. During her PhD and research position, she also worked as an associate lecturer on D843 (a Masters course in discourse analysis). She secured a lectureship at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2004 on completion of the NICE grant.

Research areas

Much of Sarah's research focuses on masculinities, primarily the study of a range of men's health issues, but also incorporating issues of fatherhood and male sex offenders. Leading from that, she has also focused more generally on support groups.

External activity

Sarah is a member of the British Psychological Society.

She is a visiting member of the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) at the University of Loughborough.

She is a member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology.

She is an elected member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Committee.

Sponsors and collaborators

Sarah is currently conducting a collaborative project on communicative competency in interactions between children with multiple and profound disabilities and robots with Mike Rennoldson (NTU), Lucy Justice (NTU), David Brown (NTU) and Penelope Standing (University of Nottingham). Sarah is also working with Julien Kloess (University of Birmingham) on  police data of online interactions between sex offenders and children.



Seymour-Smith, S. (2017). Discursive Psychology. Journal of Positive Psychology.309-310.

Seymour-Smith, S., Brown, D., Cosma, G., Shopland, N., Battersby, S., Burton, A. & Pockley, G. (2016). “Our people has got to come to terms with that”: Changing perceptions of the digital rectal examination as a barrier to prostate cancer diagnosis in African-Caribbean men. Psycho-Oncology, 25(10), 1183-1190.

Cosma, G., Brown, D., Shopland, N., Battersby, S., Seymour-Smith, S., Archer, M., Khan, M. &  Pockley, G. (2016) PROCEE: a Prostate cancer evaluation and education serious game for Afro-Caribbean men. Interactive Technologies, 10(4), 199-210.

Gough, B., Seymour-Smith, S., Matthews, C. (2016). Body dissatisfaction, appearance investment and wellbeing: How older obese men orient to ‘aesthetic health’. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 17(1), 84-91.

Kloess, J.A., Seymour-Smith, S., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C.E., Long, M.L., Shipley, D.S. & Beech, A. (2017). Qualitative Analysis of Offenders’ Modus Operandi in Sexually Exploitative Interactions with Children Online. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 563-591.

Seymour-Smith, S. (2015). Applying discursive approaches to health psychology. Health Psychology (special issue on qualitative methods).34 (4), 371-380.

Winder, B., Gough, B. & Seymour-Smith, S. (2015). Stumbling into sexual crime: the passive perpetrator in accounts by male internet sex offenders. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 4(1), 167-180.

Book chapters

Seymour-Smith, S. (2017). Critical discursive psychology approaches to the study of masculinity. In Levant, R. & Wong, J.  The Psychology of Men and Masculinities. APA books.

Seymour-Smith, S. Qualitative approaches to gender and sexuality. (2015). In C.Richards & M.Barker (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. Palgrave

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