Deryn is interested in two main areas of research. First: contemporary biblical hermeneutics, specifically in the ways gender theory, queer theory and psychological can inform the interpretation of scriptural texts. Much of her work to date attends to lesbian, transgender and queer interpretations of scripture and she remains interested in ways in which masculinities and femininities are constructed in biblical texts, not necessary as binary options. However, Deryn is currently working on how psychological theory can be used to illuminate the relationship between God and Israel, specifically in Book of Judges, and is more widely interested in psychological readings of biblical texts. Second: thealogy (study of Goddess spiritualities). Deryn’s teaching in this area informs an additional research interest in how women can resist the cultural constructions of femininity and idealised body bodies. She investigates how far thealogical practice enables resistance by providing effective tools to re-align the psyche to alternative ways of Being.