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About Dr Katy Day

Katy is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Her interests are in critical, community and liberation psychology. She has particular expertise in feminist psychological approaches.

Katy's scholarly work is primarily concerned with intersections between gender and social class. In the past, she has published research on the gendered and classed dimensions of alcohol consumption, body management practices, eating distress and family food work. More recently, she has become interested in community and liberation psychology and in particular, the psychological impact of austerity, particularly on women. She has also published work recently on fourth-wave feminism and feminist methodologies. Her work has been published in Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, Feminism & Psychology, Qualitative Methods in Psychology, Journal of Gender Studies and Journal of Health Psychology, amongst others. To date, she has supervised six PhDs to completion in the aforementioned research areas.

Katy is also a co-lead for the Genders & Sexualities Programme of PsyCen at Leeds Beckett University and is a member of the British Psychological Society's Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Section Committee.


Current Teaching

Katy currently teaches the following modules:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychology of Appearance
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Critical and Philosophical Issues in Psychology

Research Interests

Katy is currently working on a co-authored book on critical social psychological approaches to social class. Her current research focuses on the experiences, lives and identities of working-class women.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (9)

  • Day K; Rickett B; Woolhouse M (2014), Class Dismissed: Putting Social Class on the Critical Psychological Agenda. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, vol. 8 (8)
    https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12118
  • Day K (2013), Book review: Debating Obesity: Critical Perspectives. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 18 (8), p. 1115-1117.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105312473064
  • Woolhouse M; Day K; Rickett B; Milnes K (2012), 'Cos girls aren't supposed to eat like pigs are they?' Young women negotiating gendered discursive constructions of food and eating.. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 17 (1), p. 46-56.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105311406151
  • Day K (2010), Book Review: Paula Saukko: The Anorexic Self: A Personal, Political Analysis of a Diagnostic Discourse. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2008, 142pp. $19.95, ISBN 9780791474624 (pbk), $59.50, ISBN 9780791474617 (hbk). Feminism & Psychology, vol. 4 (2), p. 538-542.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353510375420
  • Day K (2010), I. Pro-anorexia and 'Binge-drinking': Conformity to Damaging Ideals or 'New', Resistant Femininities?. FEMINISM & PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 20 (2), p. 242-248.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353509351856
  • Rickett B; Day K; Milnes K; Johnson S (2010), Exploring Women's Agency and Resistance in Health-related Contexts: Contributors' Introduction. Feminism and Psychology, vol. 20 (2), p. 238-241.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353509359761
  • Day K; Keys T (2008), Starving in cyberspace: a discourse analysis of pro-eating-disorder websites. Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 17 (1), p. 1-15.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/09589230701838321
  • Day K; Gough B; McFadden M (2004), Warning! alcohol can seriously damage your feminine health. Feminist Media Studies, vol. 4 (2), p. 165-183.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/1468077042000251238
  • Day K; Gough B; McFadden M (2003), Women who drink and fight: A discourse analysis of working-class women's talk. Feminism & Psychology, vol. 13 (2), p. 141-158.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353503013002002

Chapters (3)

  • Day K (2012) Class, socio-economic status and 'health-risk' behaviours: A critical analysis.. In: Day K Advances in Critical Health Psychology: Moralising, Action and Critique.. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, pp. .
  • Day K; Keys T (2009) Anorexia/bulimia as resistance and conformity in pro-Ana and pro-Mia virtual conversations. In: Day K; Keys T Critical Feminist Approaches to Eating Dis/Orders. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Day K; Keys T (2008) Starving in cyberspace: The construction of identify on 'pro-eating-disorder' websites. In: Day K; Keys T Critical Bodies: Representations, Practices and Identities of Weight and Body Management. Hampshire: Palgrave/MacMillan, pp. 81-100.
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