Dr Kirsty Budds, Senior Lecturer

Dr Kirsty Budds

Senior Lecturer

Kirsty is a critical health psychologist and qualitative researcher. She is a Chartered Psychologist and full member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology. Her key research interests are in the topics of women's reproductive health and parenting.

Before joining Leeds Beckett University, Kirsty completed her PhD at the University of Huddersfield. Following this, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Lancaster, and after that as a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University from 2013. She joined Leeds Beckett as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in 2019.

Kirsty's research interests sit broadly within the topics of women's reproductive health and parenting.

Current Teaching

  • Psychology and Mental Health (Module Leader) - Level 4
  • Applying Psychology (Onsite) (Module Leader) - Level 7

Research Interests

With reference to reproductive health, Kirsty is currently undertaking a programme of research which is focused on exploring women's experiences of the preconception period and their engagement with health and lifestyle recommendations during this time. Taking a feminist approach, she is interested in understanding the implications of preconception health recommendations for women, such as on their experiences of trying to conceive a baby. She is also working on a project examining perceptions of breastfeeding in public with Dr Alexandra Kent (Keele University), and Dr Joanne Meredith (University of Wolverhampton).

Kirsty also has an interest in parenting. To date, her work has considered the way in which dominant discourses of 'good mothering' have implications for women's timing of motherhood, with reference to 'delayed motherhood', but also their experiences of the transition to motherhood and taking care of young babies.

She is interested in supervising PhD or MRes students in any of the above areas.

Dr Kirsty Budds, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Feminism
  2. Gender
  3. Health
  4. Public Health

Selected Outputs

  • Budds K; Locke A; Burr V (2014) Combining Forms of Discourse Analysis: A Critical Discursive Psychological Approach to the Study of ‘Older’ Motherhood [Online]

  • Meredith J; Richardson E; Kent A; Budds K (2022) Designing qualitative research using online newspaper comments. In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design. SAGE, pp. 821-834.

  • Budds K; Locke A; Burr V (2017) Using Discourse Analysis in Social Psychology. In: Brooks J; King N ed. Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Macmillan International Higher Education, pp. 144-157.