Dr Paula Singleton
About Dr Paula Singleton
Paula has worked within the National Health Service, the General Medical Council, and as Executive Officer for the Society for the Study of Addiction. She has qualifications in psychology, sociology, counselling and health promotion. Her doctoral research was a phenomenological account of men's experience of gynecomastia (man-boobs in common parlance) and of surgery to remove it, which highlights the little-studied experience of masculine embodied vulnerabilities and the strategies that men use to combat these.
Her areas of expertise are approaches to gender, embodiment and health which consider lived experience without neglecting the discursive contexts of those experiences. Her work on gynecomastia has led to her being interviewed by the BBC, and contributing to work on the lived experience of Klinefelters Syndrome. Paula has successfully carried out novel qualitative research using online data to explore lived experience and she is also experienced in offering qualitative research expertise within multi-disciplinary teams.
- Research methods in psychology, both qualitative and quantitative
- Health psychology
- The psychology of chronic illness and within death, dying and bereavement experiences
Recent work (Delgadillo et al., in press, see below) has included a qualitative study of patient views on the acceptability of screening for common mental health issues within routine addictions treatment, with potential for significant impact on practice in this field. Such screening, which has not previously been widely implemented, was found to be broadly acceptable, with many indicating that they felt it indicated that their problems were being acknowledged and taken seriously. Further, such screening can facilitate effective treatment whether within service or via onward referral. This research therefore makes a strong contribution to the case for the integration of brief screening tools within the electronic patient record.
Paula's doctoral work highlights the urgent need firstly for national NHS guidelines on appearance-altering surgeries, and secondly for better understanding by health care professionals of the significant psychosocial impacts of gynecomastia experience.