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Professor Elizabeth Peel

Professor of Psychology & Social Change

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542611

BA (Joint Hons) Psychology and Sociology (University of Nottingham, 1997)

Diploma in Applied Psychology (University of Nottingham, 1997)

PhD Social Psychology (Loughborough University, 2002)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Critical social psychology; critical health psychology and qualitative methods.   



Professor Elizabeth Peel’s research focuses on psychology and social change with respect to vulnerable and marginalized groups. She has published in the areas of sexualities diversity training, same sex relationships and families, type 2 diabetes, and latterly dementia care, see:

Professor Peel is interested in discourse and communication, and predominantly uses post-positivist qualitative methods. She has received research funding from the British Academy, Big Lottery, Chief Scientist Office, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Department of Health, Heart of Birmingham PCT, and Alzheimer's Society. Recent projects include ‘Dementia Talking: care, conversation and communication’ (British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme).

In 2015 she is co-ordinating a BPS Research Seminar Series with Prof Michael Murray (Keele Initiative on Ageing) and Dr Carol Holland (ARCHA) entitled Beyond Boundaries: Exploring the Psychologies of Ageing.

She has supervised three PhD students to completion, and is currently supervising seven PhD students (3 full-time, 4 part-time) on a range of topics including mild cognitive impairment, women and cycling, care work with people with dementia, and young people living with liver disease.





Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Visiting Research Fellowships:

  • School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide (2013)
  • Research Unit in Health Behaviour & Change, University of Edinburgh (2006)


  • BPS Book Award for LGBTQ Psychology: An introduction. (2013)
  • British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2011-12)
  • BPS Sexualities Section Outstanding Academic Writing Award (2012)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Distinguished Book Award for ‘Out in Psychology’ (2007)
  • BPS Lesbian and Gay Section Postgraduate Prize, Highly Commended (2000)
  • Feminism & Psychology Undergraduate Prize (1998)


  • BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section
  • BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section
  • International Society for Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)
  • International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)
  • Dementia Communications Research Network – Europe
  • ReValuing Care Network




Professor Elizabeth Peel has published three books in the psychology of sexualities field, two of which won prizes from the American Psychological Society (2007) and the British Psychological Society (2013). Elizabeth Peel has written, or co-authored more than 100 articles, chapters in books and special issues of journals. She has received academic prizes from Feminism & Psychology (in 1998) and the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section (in 2012). She is currently working on a co-edited book about Ageing and Sexualities (Ashgate) and a monograph on Critical Kinship Studies (Palgrave Macmillan) with Dr Damien Riggs, Flinders University.



For full publications see Google Scholar Profile

Peel E & Harding R (Eds) (2016) Ageing & Sexualities: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate.

Peel E (2015) Diagnostic communication in the memory clinic: A conversation analytic perspective. Aging and Mental Health. Online first DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2014.1003289 

Peel E & Harding R (2015) A right to ‘dying well’ with dementia? Capacity, ‘choice’ and relationality. Feminism & Psychology, 25(1), 137-142.

Peel E & Riggs DW (in press, 2015) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender psychologies. In N Naples (Eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Peel E (2014) LGBTQ psychology. In T Teo (Ed) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. (pp. 97-110) New York: Springer.

Craven C & Peel E (2014) Stories of grief and hope: Queer experiences of reproductive loss. In MF Gibson (Ed) Queering Maternity and Motherhood: Narrative and theoretical perspectives on queer conception, birth and parenting. (pp. 97-110) Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press.

Peel E (2014) ‘The living death of Alzheimer’s’ versus ‘Take a walk to keep dementia at bay’: Representations of dementia in print media and carer discourse. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(6), 885-901.

Peel E & Harding R (2014) “It’s a huge maze, the system, it’s a terrible maze”: Dementia carers’ constructions of navigating health and social care services. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 13(5), 642-661.

Grove J, Peel E & Owen-Pugh V (2013) Client discourses on the process of seeking same-sex couple counselling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 41(5), 573-586.

Harding R & Peel E (2013) “He was like a zombie”: Off-label prescription of antipsychotic drugs in dementia. Medical Law Review, 21(2), 243-277.

Peel E (2012) Moving beyond heterosexism? The good, the bad and the indifferent in accounts of others’ reactions to important life events. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 3(1), 34-46.

Peel E & Cain R (2012) Silent miscarriage and deafening heteronormativity: A British experiential and critical feminist account. In S Earle, C Komaromy & LL Layne (Eds) Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on life, death and fertility. (pp. 79-92) Farnham: Ashgate.

Jowett A, Peel E & Shaw RL (2012) Sex and diabetes: A thematic analysis of gay and bisexual men’s accounts. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(3), 409-418.

Jowett A & Peel E (2012) Physical health. In R das Nair & C Butler (Eds) Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual diversity. (pp. 163-184) Chichester: Wiley-BPS Blackwell.

Rolfe A & Peel E (2011) ‘It’s a double-edged thing’: The paradox of civil partnership and why some couples are choosing not to have one. Feminism & Psychology, 21(3), 317-335.

Jowett A, Peel E & Shaw R (2011) Online interviewing in psychology: Reflections on the process. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8(4), 354-369.

Peel E, Douglas M, Parry O & Lawton J (2010) Type 2 diabetes and dog walking: Patients’ longitudinal perspectives about implementing and sustaining physical activity. British Journal of General Practice, 60(577), 570-577.

Peel E (2010) Pregnancy loss in lesbian and bisexual women: An online survey of experiences. Human Reproduction, 25(3), 721-727.

Clarke V, Ellis SJ, Peel E & Riggs DW (2010) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Peel E (2010) Chipping away at the taken-for-granted: Reflection in a Sexualities course. Feminism & Psychology, 20(2), 225-231.

Jowett A & Peel E (2010) “Seismic cultural change?”: Media representation of same-sex ‘marriage’. Women’s Studies International Forum, 33(3), 206-214.

Peel E (2009) Intergroup relations in action: Questions asked about lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in diversity training. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 19, 271-285.

Jowett A & Peel E (2009) Chronic illness in non-heterosexual contexts: An online survey of experiences. Feminism & Psychology, 19(4), 454-474.

Lawton J, Rankin I, Peel E & Douglas M (2009) Patients’ perceptions and experiences of transitions in diabetes care: A longitudinal qualitative study. Health Expectations, 12, 138-148.

Lawton J, Peel E, Douglas M & Parry O (2008) Shifting accountability: A longitudinal qualitative study of diabetes causation accounts. Social Science & Medicine, 67(1), 47-56.

Lawton J, Peel E, Parry O & Douglas M (2008) Patients’ perceptions and experiences of taking oral glucose lowering agents: A longitudinal qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine, 25(4), 491-495.

Peel E, Douglas M & Lawton J (2007) Self-monitoring of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes: Longitudinal qualitative study of patients’ perspectives. BMJ, 335, 493-498.

Lawton J, Ahmad N, Peel E & Hallowell N (2007) Contextualising accounts of illness: Notions of responsibility and blame in white and South Asian respondents’ accounts of diabetes causation. Sociology of Health and Illness, 29(6), 891-906.

Clarke V & Peel E (2007) (Eds) Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives. Chichester: Wiley.

Harding R & Peel E (2007) Heterosexism at work: Diversity training, discrimination law and the limits of liberalism. In V Clarke & E Peel (Eds) Out in Psychology. (pp. 247-272) Chichester: Wiley.

Peel E, Clarke V & Drescher J (2007) (Eds) British Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies: Theory, research and practice. New York: The Haworth Medical Press.

Harding R & Peel E (2007) Surveying sexualities: Internet research with non-heterosexuals. Feminism & Psychology, 17(2), 277-285.

Recent Journal Special Issues

Ellis SJ, Peel E (Eds) (2011) Re-evaluating Lesbian Feminisms: Past, present and future. Feminism & Psychology, 21(2).

Peel E, Thomson M (Eds) (2009) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Health Psychology: Charting the terrain. Feminism & Psychology, 19(4).

Peel E, Harding R (Eds) (2008) Regulating Sexuality: Contemporary perspectives on lesbian and gay relationship recognition. Sexualities, 11(6).

Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Peel E (2014) Civil partnership ceremonies: (Hetero)normativity, ritual and gender. ‘Marriage Rites and Rights’ Cambridge Socio-Legal Group Workshop, 1-2 April, Trinity College Cambridge.

Peel E (2013) Social interconnection in dementia care. ReValuing Care Workshop 2: Caring about Social Interconnection, 1 – 2 September 2013, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Peel E (2013) ‘Panic’ and ‘blame’ in contemporary dementia discourse: an analysis and critique. 8th Biennial Conference, International Society for Critical Health Psychology, 22-24 July, University of Bradford.

Peel E (2013) Moving beyond heterosexism? interrogating others’ reactions to important life events. 1st International Conference LGBT Psychology and Related Fields. 20-22 June, Lisbon, Portugal.

Nodin N, Peel E, Tyler A & Rivers I (2013) Risk and Resilience: exploring the potential of LGBT third sector and academic partnership. 1st International Conference LGBT Psychology and Related Fields. 20-22 June, Lisbon, Portugal.

Peel, E. (2013) Delivering diagnosis in a memory clinic. Dementia Communications Research Network Workshop. 6-7 June, SiTran, University of Sheffield.

Peel, E. (2012) ‘Good to see me as well’: person-centred dementia care in interaction. Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication, Department of Sociology, 20 November, University of York.

Peel, E. (2012) Mapping the language of dementia care: from contexts to concepts? ReValuing Care Workshop 1: Resourcing Care. 19-20 September, Keele University.

Peel E & Harding R (2012) “It’s a huge maze, the system, it’s a terrible maze”: dementia carers’ perceptions of navigating health and social care services. BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference. 5-7 September, Liverpool.

Peel E (2012) “The living death of Alzheimer’s”?:representations of dementia in media and carer discourse. British Society of Gerontology Conference. 11-13 July, Keele University.

Peel E & Harding R (2012) “Not in our remit”: communication challenges and opportunities in dementia care. 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research. 28-30 June, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.

Peel E (2012) Dementia talk-in-interaction: challenges and opportunities. Discourse-Communication-Conversation Conference. 22-23 March, Loughborough University.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

She is the current Chair of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section.

Editorial/Advisory Board Member:

Feminism & Psychology
Journal of GLBT Family Studies
Psychology & Sexuality
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health
Psychology of Sexualities Review

External Examiner: 

Coventry University (2013-2016)
Nottingham Trent University (2008-2012)
12 PhD theses, nationally and internationally, including DCouns Psych, EdD and DClin Psych.

Funding Reviews:

Canadian Diabetes Association, Chief Scientist Office, EDDA Center of Excellence Iceland, Diabetes UK, ESRC, MRC, NIHR

Manuscript Reviews:

Professor Peel has provided ad hoc peer-reviews for over 50 academic journals including, Ageing & Society, BMC Public Health, BJGP, British Journal of Social Psychology, Patient Education & Counseling, PLOS One, Qualitative Health Research, Sexualities, and Social Science and Medicine. She regularly provides reviews for Psychology and Health and Qualitative Methods in Psychology.