Dr Neil Cooper joined the UEA in 2001 having previously worked in the health care sector and taught Psychology on health-related programmes in other institutions. He has a first degree in Anthropology and Psychology, and his doctoral work explored social psychological aspects of child protection. Dr Cooper is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol.) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), with membership of the Social Psychology Section, Qualitative Psychology Section and the Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology.
Psychology is an immensely exciting, wide-ranging discipline, and Dr Cooper finds the edges of the subject the most interesting bits. He was drawn to Psychology through an interest in people, and the way in which everyday individual experience emerges from, unfolds within and contributes to wider social practices. This ‘psychosocial’ inclination has led Dr Cooper to engage with sociological, anthropological and critical theory perspectives and blend them with a social psychological stance. This fusion underpins his commitment to stimulating and supportive teaching which enables students to cultivate a spirit of independent curiosity and a desire to explore beyond the disciplinary horizon.
PhD Social Psychology, University of Sunderland
BSc (First class) Anthropology and Psychology Goldsmiths’ College, University of London
Certificate in Education (H.E.), University of Sunderland
Qualitative methodologies in Psychology
Pedagogical practice in the teaching of Psychology
Membership of Professional Bodies
British Psychological Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Social media, social capital and adolescents living in state care: A multi-perspective and multimethod qualitative study,
in British Journal of Social WorkFull Text UEA Repository
(E-pub ahead of print)
Podwalking: A framework for assimilating mobile methods into action research,
in Qualitative Psychology
pp. 126-144Full Text UEA Repository
Embracing Powerlessness in Pursuit of Digital Resilience: Managing Cyber-Literacy in Professional Talk,
in Youth & Society
pp. 769-788Full Text UEA Repository
The place of 'think family' approaches in child and family social work; messages from a process evaluation of an English 'pathfinder' service,
in Children and Youth Services Review
pp. 228-236Full Text UEA Repository
Digital life story work: Using technology to help young people make sense of their experiences,
British Association of Adoption and Fostering
ISBN 978 1 907585678Full Text UEA Repository
From looked after children to looking after children: Insight from an unusual perspective,
in International Social Work
pp. 238-245Full Text UEA Repository
Participant information clips: a role for digital video technologies to recruit, inform and debrief research participants and disseminate research findings,
in International Journal of Social Research Methodology
pp. 259-270Full Text UEA Repository
Trait emotional intelligence and work-family conflict in fathers,
in Personality and Individual Differences
pp. 911-916Full Text UEA Repository
Methods of data collection and analysis for the economic evaluation alongside a national, multi-centre trial in the UK: conventional ventilation or ECMO for Severe Adult Respiratory Failure (CESAR),
in BMC Health Services Research
article no. 94Full Text UEA Repository
Use of evidence in decision models: an appraisal of health technology assessments in the UK since 1997,
in Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
pp. 245-250UEA Repository
Development of resource-use and expenditure questionnaires for use in rheumatology research,
in Journal of Rheumatology
pp. 2485-2491UEA Repository
Use of Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods to model cost-of-illness data,
in Medical Decision Making
pp. 38-53Full Text UEA Repository
Developing a virtual interdisciplinary research community in higher education,
in Journal of Interprofessional Care
pp. 173-182Full Text UEA Repository
Total costs and predictors of costs in individuals with early inflammatory polyarthritis: a community-based prospective study,
pp. 767-774Full Text UEA Repository
The development of a virtual research community: making it real,
Pharmacists' concerns and perceived benefits from the deregulation of hormonal emergency contraception (HEC),
in British Journal of Family Planning
pp. 100-4UEA Repository
Competency and willingness to supply hormonal Emergency Contraception (HEC) over the counter by UK pharmacists,
in Pharmaceutical Journal
(7063 SUPPL. 1)
pp. R28UEA Repository
The geographical homogeneity of community pharmacists with respect to their expressed views on the deregulated supply of hormonal Emergency Contraception (hEC),
in Pharmaceutical Journal
(7063 SUPPL. 1)UEA Repository
The attitudes of social workers, health visitors and school nurses to parental involvement in child protection case conferences,
in British Journal of Social Work
pp. 599-613UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Neil Cooper’s scholarly work orients around qualitative approaches in psychology. Neil's PhD involved the application of traditional psychological concepts to the arena of child protection practice, and this involved tackling problems of knowledge and power within the research process. He has since tried to engage with social constructionist ideas and their implications for developing psychological accounts of meaning and experience.
Research which Neil is involved with aims to further the understanding of people as social actors, exploring subjective experience as it unfolds within and contributes to wider social meanings. Using methods such as grounded theory and narrative analysis he adopts a psychosocial stance to exploring the interconnections between an individual's lived experiences and their sociocultural environments.
Research projects have included; disciplinary boundaries, inter-professional practices, family relationships, and technological change, as well as methodological issues such as reflexivity and participatory approaches in research. Outputs from this work such as Digital Life Story Work (Hammond & Cooper 2013) have been cited as practice resources by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
Neil is also interested in student learning and the student experience in Higher Education, especially the psychosocial processes involved in the transition to university, performance, and confidence.
Current Research Students
Peter Jordan: Ethical decision making in safeguarding children work
Completed Research Students
Alexia Zinonos 2014 PhD: Migration and Community Formation: Narratives of Three Generations of Women Living in a Greek Diaspora Community.
Simon Hammond 2012 PhD: Exploring a role for digital technologies in life story work with adolescents in residential care: A discourse analysis.
Holly Honeyman 2010 PhD: Constructing Designer Babies. (Supervised with Dr. Simon Hampton)
Laura Biggart 2010 PhD: Fathers and work family life: Psychosocial influences. (Supervised with Professor Margaret O’Brien)
Nadir Yalli 2008 PhD: Hospital social work in Saudi Arabia: An investigation of practitioners’ perceptions of the common workplace issues that influence their position and role in health care.
Lesley Dibley 2007 MPhil: Experience of Same Sex parents when their children require health care intervention.
Self and Society
Neil teaches across all three years on the BSc Psychology programme.
- Module Leader for Self and Society in Year 1.
- Leads the teaching of qualitative methods for Research Design and Analysis II in Year 2.
- Supervises 3rd year empirical projects, especially those using qualitative methods.
- Neil also inputs sessions into the UEA International Summer School.
- Neil has also occasionally taught on Postgraduate courses, and he supervises Masters dissertations.
- Neil’s commitment to student learning is evidenced by obtaining two UEA teaching fellowships (2007 & 2011) and the successful HEA funding to follow on from the 2007 fellowship.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Widening Participation: Neil has been involved with numerous school visits, participated in events related to INTO, and engaged in a range of outreach work, especially with schools and colleges, and has hosted visits at the UEA including ‘Gifted and talented’ days and Access students taster days.
- External examining for Psychology at other HE institutions
Deputy Head of School
School of Psychology Director of Learning, Teaching and Quality, which involves an overarching view of teaching and learning across the BSc Psychology and taught Masters provision.
Chair of the School of Psychology Learning and Teaching Committee