Sarah Seymour Smith

Sarah Seymour-Smith

Lecturer/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 two 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.

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

Sarah is an external examiner for the University of Bradford.

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

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 Mile 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). 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.

Larkin, M. & Seymour-Smith, S. (2015). On being neither one thing nor the other: reply to Paul Sullivan. QMiP Bulletin.

Seymour-Smith, S. (2013) Special Series - Men's Health: A reconsideration of the gendered mechanisms of support in online interactions about testicular implants: a discursive approach, Health Psychology, 32:1, 91-99.

Hall, M., Gough, B. & Seymour-Smith, S. (2013) "We want to look our best without appearing flamboyant": Stake management in men's online cosmetics testimonials, Psychology and Marketing, 30:3, 227-235.

O'Hara, L., Gough, B., Seymour-Smith, S., Watts, S. (2013) "Its not a disease it's a nuisance": Controlling diabetes and achieving goals in the context of men with Type 1 diabetes, Psychology and Health. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2013.800516

Cranwell, J. & Seymour-Smith, S. (2012) 'Monitoring' and advice giving: an analysis of weight loss discussions in an online support group for bariatric surgery, Appetite, 58, 873-881.

Hall, M., Gough, B., Hansen, S & Seymour-Smith, S. (2012) On-line constructions of metrosexuality and masculinities: A membership categorisation analysis, Gender & Language, 6:2, 379-403.

Seymour-Smith, S. (2010). Men’s negotiations of a ‘legitimate’ self-help group identity. In S. Robertson & B Gough (Eds), Men, masculinities and health: Critical perspectives. London, UK

Seymour-Smith, S. (2008) "Blokes don't like that sort of thing": Men's negotiation of a 'troubled' self-help group identity, The Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 798-803.

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