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 Jennie Hayes

Jennie Hayes

Postgraduate Research Student


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 College House 1.23


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


After training as a photographer, Jennie developed a career 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.

Drawing on her interest in working with groups, Jennie studied for a BSc in Psychology as a mature student with an aim to develop a career as a researcher.  


  • 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)


Research interests


Jennie has an interdisciplinary approach to research with a background in both humanities and psychology. She is a member of the Mental Health and Child Mental Health groups at the Medical School as well as part of Egenis in the College of Social Sciences. She has a particular expertise in social psychology with an interest in group processes, 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.

Jennie’s PhD project is focussed on the decision-making processes of health professionals when undertaking Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments in secondary care. The project is exploring both the social processes – the interactions that take place – and the social influences – the information that is taken into account – that underlie health professionals’ decision-making around ASD diagnosis in both children and adults.

The study is supervised by Dr Ginny Russell, Professor Rose McCabe and Professor Tamsin Ford and is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Investigator Award, ‘Exploring Diagnosis’.


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