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Dr Suzanne Hodge

Lecturer, Lecturer in Research Methods

Suzanne Hodge

Furness Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YG

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592712


PhD supervision

Therapeutic communities; service user involvement; disability in a social context, particularly visual impairment.

Research Interests

I am a qualitative social scientist with a disciplinary background in social policy and medical sociology. My research interests lie broadly in three main areas: disability; mental health; and service user involvement.

In the area of disability my main interest is in the experiences of people with sensory impairments, particularly visual impairments. With colleagues at the University of Liverpool I have completed several research studies in this area including an evaluation of an emotional support and counselling service for people with visual impairments commissioned by RNIB; a study of the changing support needs of people with visual impairments for Thomas Pocklington Trust; and a study of the experiences of patients receiving intravitreal injections with Lucentis for wet age-related macular degeneration. Most recently I completed a literature review on loneliness, social isolation and sight loss for Thomas Pocklington Trust.  I have also undertaken research into the experiences of people with communication impairments who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

In the area of mental health I have a particular interest in therapeutic approaches developed to address the psychosocial difficulties associated with diagnoses of personality disorder, including therapeutic communities and other 'social' models of therapy.  My own research in this area has included an evaluation of one day a week therapeutic communities.  I am also currently supervising several DClinPsy research projects looking at service user experiences of different therapeutic approaches. 

Finally, I have a long-standing interest in service user involvement and participatory approaches to policy-making, having published a number of papers from my PhD research in this area.  I am currently involved in an ESRC-funded seminar series looking at the development of new knowledge spaces involving citizens, policy-makers, academics and other 'experts'. 

Current Teaching

I am part of the team delivering research teaching to trainees on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme. I have responsibility for co-ordinating teaching on the research strand of the programme.

Additional Information

I joined the DClinPsy programme team in June 2011, having previously worked for eight years as a researcher in the Health and Community Care Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. Prior to this I undertook my doctoral research at the University of Bristol's School for Policy Studies, where I looked at service user involvement in mental health policy making through the lens of Jürgen Habermas's theory of communicative action. Habermas's focus on intersubjectivity as a concept of value to social theory led me to an interest in psychological theories of intersubjectivity, and particularly in the relationship between intersubjectivity and individual subjectivity.

Before moving into academia I spent several years working in a policy role in the voluntary social care sector.

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