Dr Hannah Heath BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, CPsychol

Dr Hannah Heath

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Psychology
Senior Tutor

Dr Hannah Heath is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her main teaching interests are in critical social theory, social psychology, and qualitative methods. She has been involved in a range of qualitative studies focusing on social and health psychology topics. Through interviews, focus groups, and prompt methods, Hannah has explored how young people come to understand their role in the care provision of a friend who self-harms.


BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology (Keele University)
MSc Psychology of Health and Wellbeing (Keele University)
PhD Psychology (University of Bath)
PGCLT (HE) (University of Chester)


Hannah completed her BSc (Hons) and MSc at Keele University, where she became interested in perceptions of self-harm in young adult populations. Hannah went on to complete a PhD using multiple qualitative methodologies to explore the impact of self-harm on friends and friendship at the University of Bath. Before coming to Birmingham, Hannah was a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chester and taught social psychology, qualitative methods, individual differences, self-harm, and critical approaches to the study of the body and anomalous experience.


Introduction to Social and Differential Psychology
Research Methods C (qualitative)
Introduction to learning and behaviour

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising students who have an interest in using qualitative methods to explore, i) how mental or physical health is made sense within friendship, ii) issues concerning self-harm, with a particular focus on relationships, iii) the sense-making or constructions of body practices, i.e. tattooing, iv) perceptions of obesity.


Hannah uses qualitative methodologies. Hannah’s research interests lie in exploring the lived experiences of those who provide care within a friendship, with a particular focus on the impact self-harm has on friends and friendship. Further research interests lie in the construction of obesity. As a teaching-focused lecturer, Hannah is also interested in exploring attainment gaps.



Birney, M.E., Rabinovich, A., Morton, T. A., Heath, H. & Ashcroft, S. (accepted). When speaking English is not enough: The consequences of language-based stigma for non-native speakers. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Recent Conferences

Lasikiewicz, N. & Heath, H. (2018). Exploring the Construction of a Paranormal Experience in Relation to Paranormal Belief Using Story Completion. Consciousness and Experimental Psychology Section, BPS. Regents University, London, 6th-8th September

Heath, H. & Carroll, J.  (2018). How fat am I? Students’ perceptions of being overweight. Division of Health Psychology Conference, BPS. Hilton, Newcastle upon Tyne, 5th – 7th September.

Heath, H. (2017). Exploring multiple voices: reflections on integrating multiple qualitative methods. Qualitative Methods in Psychology, BPS, University of Aberystwyth, 4th-7th July.

Carroll, J. & Heath, H. (2017). How fat am I? Students’ perceptions of being overweight. Poster at Qualitative Methods in Psychology, BPS, University of Aberystwyth, 4th-7th July.

Heath, H. (2017). Listening to quieter voices: Understanding and meeting the needs of friends. From Harm to Hope. HarmLess, Nottingham, 1st March

Heath, H. (2015). Enough is enough: When to stop focus group recruitment. Quality in qualitative research and enduring problematics. University of Bath, 27th January.

Heath, H., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. (2013). “I have seen part of her life nobody else has seen”: An exploration into the impact of self-harm upon friendship. European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists (EABCT), Morocco, 25th-28th September.

Heath, H., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. (2012). An exploration into the impact that self-harm has upon friendship. International Society for the Study of Self-Injury: Chapel Hill, USA. June 29th - July 1st.

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