Cath Sullivan

Dr. Cath Sullivan

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB216

+44 (0) 1772 89 3428

Cath is research active within the area of Psychology and is a member of the Health Psychology Research Group.

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Cath is the course leader for the MSc Psychology Conversion and has been teaching and conducting research in the School of Psychology since 1999. She is a member of the University Review Panel, which carries out validations and quality assurance reviews within the University. Cath’s research interests focus on social psychology topics such as gender, discourse and well-being. She is currently conducting research on experiences of mindfulness. Her teaching mainly focuses on teaching research methods and applied psychology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Cath is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is the Honorary Secretary of the British Psychological Society’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Section. 

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PhD Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003
BSc (Hons), Psychology, Manchester Polytechnic, 1992


Sullivan, C. and Forrester, M.A. (2019) (Eds.) Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.

Gibson, S., and Sullivan, C. (2018). A changing culture? Qualitative methods teaching in UK psychology. Qualitative Psychology, 5(2), 197-206.

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Cath’s research interests are currently particularly focused psychological aspects of mindfulness and meditation. She also has interests in the social psychology of gender, for example in relation to work and family. Cath has also done research on flexible working (including telework and work at home). She has a particular interest in research methods and the philosophical issues surrounding research, including social constructionism and qualitative research.

Cath regularly reviews articles for journals such as 'Community, Work and Family'. ‘Qualitative Research in Psychology’ and 'New Technology, Work and Employment' and also reviews books, book proposals and grant applications


Cath’s teaching is mostly focused on issues relating to research methods (especially qualitative methods, epistemology and social constructionism) and applied psychology. This includes teaching on undergraduate courses, particularly BSc (Hons) Psychology and on postgraduate courses such as the MSc in Health Psychology.

Cath is module leader for the following modules:

PS2015 Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
PS2650 Applying Psychology
PS4000 Essential Psychology: Concepts and History
PS4015 Qualitative Psychological Research

Cath also teaches on the following modules:

PS1010 Introduction to Psychology Enquiry
PS1040 Topics in Psychology
PS2010 Psychological Research Methods 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
PS2040 Individual Differences
PS4700 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PS4325 Measurement Issues and Outcomes in Health Psychology

Cath supervises student projects at both undergraduate and master’s level and is involved in the supervision and examining of PhDs.

Current PhD Students:

  • Alison Astles (Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)
  • Natalie Yates
  • Natalie Harrison
  • Cindy Chan