Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Maxine Woolhouse
About Dr Maxine Woolhouse
Maxine is a feminist and critical social psychologist. Her research interests are in the area of gender, social class and eating practices.
Maxine is a Senior Lecturer in psychology and teaches across a range of undergraduate modules including Critical and Philosophical Issues, Qualitative Research Methods and Psychology of Women. She is particularly interested in feminist and critical approaches to understanding relations between gender, social class and eating practices.
Maxine teaches across a range of undergraduate Psychology modules including Critical & Philosophical Issues, Advanced Research Methods, and Psychology of Women. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
Maxine completed her PhD in 2012 which was a discourse analytic study of mothers' and daughters' talk around food, eating and body management practices. Drawing on data from this research, she is currently writing papers on "contemporary discourses around food practices and ideal mothering identities" and "femininities, social class and food practices". Maxine's research aims to challenge dominant psychological understandings of eating disorders by drawing attention to the ways in which culturally sanctioned discourses around food (e.g. healthy eating; dietary restraint etc.) may be implicated in the problematic relationship many girls and women have with food and body management practices.
Reflecting Maxine's interests in qualitative research methods, she is also currently leading a project investigating psychologists' experiences in the use of secondary qualitative data. As a relatively under-researched area, findings from this study will be of use to any psychologists and social scientists who are (or will be) involved in the use of secondary qualitative data sets in research or pedagogical capacities.