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Dr Susan Speer (BA (Hons), MSc (Econ), PhD., C.Psychol, FHEA) - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2590


Room 1.1
Coupland  Building 1
School of Psychological Sciences
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL




After a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy (Durham), an MSc in Sociology (LSE) and a PhD in Psychology in the Social Sciences Department at Loughborough University, I spent a short time as a research assistant analysing the talk of prisoners in a sex offender treatment programme (Plymouth) before taking up my first Lectureship in Sociology and Communication in the Department of Human Sciences (now School of Social Sciences) at Brunel University in 2000. In 2004 I moved to the University of Manchester School of Psychological Sciences where I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Clinical and Health Psychology Research Group. I spent the 2005-2006 academic year as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology at The University of California at Los Angeles (funded by an ESRC-SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowship) where I received extensive training in Conversation Analysis. From Dec 2010-Feb 2011 I returned to UCLA as a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Language Interaction and Culture (CLIC).

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Affiliate, York University Feminist Conversation Analysis Unit


(1994) BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy, First Class Honours, University of Durham
(1996) MSc (Econ) Sociology, with Distinction (ESRC funded), London School of Economics and Political Science
(2000) PhD Psychology (ESRC funded) Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University
(2002) PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Eduation, Brunel University


Editorial Board Member, Gender and Language
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Language and Sexuality


Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Contexts [Year 3 elective]
Qualitative Research Methods [MRes]

Doctoral students

Stephanie Mace (2015-) Lesbian women’s experiences of clinical communication about breast cancer [PhD]

Kurt Wilson (2014-) Conversation Analysis: Talk about medicines [MD]

Samantha Tucker (2012-) Uniting the body and mind in prostate cancer: A qualitative exploration of the psychosexual impact of prostate cancer treatment and related clinical communication needs [ClinPsyD]

Rebecca McPhillips (2009-14) Delicate topics in psychiatrist-patient communication in the Gender Identity Clinic [PhD- ESRC funded].

Simon Goodman (2003-7) The discursive construction of asylum seeking [PhD- ESRC funded]

Bryony Hoskins (1997-2001*) Tales of the intimate: Exploring young people’s accounts of sexual practice [PhD- ESRC funded, Brunel University. *I co-supervised Bryony during her final year].