Dr Jennie Hayes
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Jennie Hayes is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Relational Health Group in the College of Medicine and Health. Jennie is a qualitative social psychologist with a background in group interaction, creative facilitation, diagnosis, health and wellbeing. Jennie’s PhD, part of the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Exploring Diagnosis’, examined how clinicians make decisions about the diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions. By observing multi-disciplinary team working, Jennie was able to explore in detail how diagnostic decisions are made and impacted by social and interactional factors.
Jennie has a particular interest in the social framing of diagnostic practices, narrative, creativity and wellbeing, mental health, bereavement and loss.
During her Fellowship, Jennie will be disseminating the results from her work on autism diagnosis and scoping ideas for a new research project within the context of exploring the barriers to health and wellbeing. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Bristol researching how clinicians manage antibiotic prescribing in out-of-hours practice (the OPEN project).
- PhD Medical Studies (University of Exeter)
- MSc Social and Organisational Psychology (University of Exeter)
- MA Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies (University of Warwick)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open University)
- Diploma in Photography (Medway College of Design)
Jennie has a background in the arts, specialising in community and education based participatory arts practices. This involved working as a creative producer, fundraiser, evaluator, arts centre director and group facilitator within charitable arts organisations and as a freelance consultant. She has trained as a shared reading facilitator, in art therapy techniques and has developed projects in partnership with people with dementia and their carers, with mental health service users and with young people with challenging backgrounds. She has worked as a mental health support worker and voluntary bereavement counsellor. Jennie undertook her BSc Pscychology as a mature student and is enjoying the challenge of bringing her two worlds together.
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Jennie has an interdisciplinary approach to research with a background in both humanities and psychology. She is a member of the Relational Health Team at the College of Medicine and Health. Her PhD project is rooted in medical sociology with an emphasis on the sociology of diagnosis. She has a particular expertise in social psychology with an interest in group processes, social interaction and communication, group memberships and identity, decision-making, stigma and mental health. Other research interests include dementia and social interaction, feminist arts practices and community based cultural practices.
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