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Academic Biography

Tanya's background is in psychology and counselling. Tanya graduated from York St John University with a BA(Hons) in Psychology and Counselling Studies, PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and MSc by Research. She then gained her PhD from the University of Stirling. Her PhD research explored the stories of young women who experienced domestic abuse in childhood, and their transitions to young adulthood. Tanya is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and a Chartered Psychologist. She is a committee member of the BPS Psychology of Women and Equalities Section, and a founding member of the Intersectional Violences Research Group. Tanya works on various projects concerned with trauma, social justice, and violence against women and girls. 

Tanya is also a counsellor and psychotherapist in practice, and a trauma-informed yoga teacher. She has an interest in trauma, trauma recovery and embodiment (mind-body relationship, and how bodies may hold, express and carry our 'stories'). 

Summary of Research Interests

Tanya's research interests centre around trauma, social justice, inequalities, domestic abuse and mental health/wellbeing. Tanya has been involved in domestic abuse research since 2013, and is particularly interested in childhood experiences of domestic abuse, and reflexive feminist methodologies that centre survivor voices and stories. 

Tanya has expertise in qualitative methods, with a particular interest in narrative and feminist methodologies, areas that might be considered sensitive, areas that concern intersectionality, social justice and the personal-political relationship.


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