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Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Stephanie Davis [she/her/dey/dem] is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Psychology and Race in the School of Social Sciences. She teaches on a range of undergraduate modules and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. Stephanie's research interests include intersectionality - race, gender, sexuality and subjectivity; critical psychology; critical community psychology; post-/de-colonial, black feminist and queer theory; and decolonising psychology and academia.

Career overview

Before joining NTU, Stephanie was a Research Officer on the NIHR-funded Queer Futures 2 project at the University of Brighton which explored mental health provision for LGBTQ+ youth. She has also held Lectureships at the University of East London and University of Brighton.

Stephanie was awarded a BSc (Hons) Human Psychology from Aston University in 2009. She then undertook a part-time MSc Critical Psychology by Research with the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University developing her interests in feminist, critical and community psychology, graduating with a Distinction in 2012. Alongside the MSc Stephanie worked in an educational, community development and activist capacity in sexual health education with young people in Salford and racially minoritised communities in Manchester. She also worked on issues facing her local community such as police harassment and sexual and gender diversity. In 2013, she co-founded Rainbow Noir, a social support and organising space for queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC) in Manchester.

In 2017 Stephanie was awarded her PhD Psychology from the University of Brighton. The thesis explored the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and subjectivity, the experience of 'being-in-the-world' and feeling 'queerly raced' for queer and trans people of colour activists in the UK. It considered the possibilities of being in community, resistance to coloniality and the fragmentation of lived experience and identity. Her monograph, Queer and Trans People of Colour in the UK: Possibilities for Intersectional Richness, will be published with Routledge in 2022 as part of the Transforming LGBTQ Lives book series edited by Professor Katherine Johnson, RMIT, and Professor Kath Browne, University College Dublin.

Stephanie is further developing her research with a specific interest in decolonising gender and sexuality, decolonial psychology and QTPOC communities.

Research areas

Stephanie's research interests include:

  • Intersectionality - race, gender, sexuality
  • Decolonising gender and sexuality
  • Decolonising psychology
  • Minoritisation, identity formation, and subjectivity
  • Creative methodologies
  • Critical and critical community psychology
  • Post-/de-colonial theory, black feminism and queer theory
  • Social transformation and activism

External activity

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External member of the Centre for Transforming Gender and Sexuality, University of Brighton
  • Expert advisor to the British Psychological Society's Undergraduate Education Committee's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
  • External member of the NIHR-funded Queer Futures 2 research team.
  • Trustee of Marlborough Productions
  • Former committee member of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women and Equalities Section 2017 - 2019

Stephanie has been an invited reviewer for the International Journal for Transgender Health and Feminism & Psychology.

Sponsors and collaborators


  1. McDermott, E.,  Eastham, R., Hughes, E., Pattinson, E., Johnson, K., Davis, S., Pryjmachuk, S., Mateus, C. and Jenzen, O. (2021). Explaining effective mental health support for LGBTQ+ youth: A meta-narrative review. SSM-Mental Health. Advance online publication
  2. Pattinson, E., McDermott, E.,  Eastham, R., Hughes, E., Johnson, K., Davis, S., Pryjmachuk, S., Mateus, C. and Jenzen, O. (2021). Tackling LGBTQ+ youth mental health inequality: Mapping mental health support across the UK. The British Student Doctor Journal, 5, 20 - 29

See all of Stephanie Davis's publications...

Course(s) I teach on

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

  • Student conducting an experiment
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2024