Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Nina Martin
About Dr Nina Martin
Nina is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Group. Nina is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Nina is also a practicing Psychotherapist.
Nina teaches on a number of modules across the Psychology Programme and has expertise in women's health, counselling psychology, and qualitative methodologies. She completed her Psychology degree at the University of Huddersfield in 2001, and, following her undergraduate studies, was employed as a Research Assistant on a number of health-related projects.
Nina completed her PhD in 2008 (at the University of Huddersfield), which explored the psychosocial experience of egg donation using a known donor. During her time as a Research Student she was employed as a Part-Time Lecturer in the School of Human and Health Sciences. Nina joined the Psychology Group at Leeds Beckett University in 2007. She is particularly interested in women’s reproductive health, specifically infertility and assisted conception. Other research interests include: women's career progression, the cancer journey, palliative care and, approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.
Nina has methodological expertise in qualitative methodologies (phenomenological and narrative approaches), encompassing qualitative methods of data collection (interviews, focus groups, diary methods, media texts etc.) and analysis (phenomenological, narrative, discursive and various thematic approaches).
Nina contributes to teaching on the Psychology Programme. She has particular interest and expertise in health psychology, counselling psychology and qualitative research methods.
Nina teaches on the Level 4 module, 'Growing Up in a Social World' and the Level 5 module 'Advanced Research Methods'. She is Module Leader for 'Clinical and Counselling Psychology', an elective module for final year students. Nina also contributes to the 'Health Psychology' module, a Level 6 elective. Nina is involved in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Nina's current research includes;
- a qualitative study, in partnership with a local women's centre, exploring how women understand and make sense of their experiences of volunteering. The study has implications for practice, which may serve to enhance training for volunteers and staff.
- a mixed-methods study evaluating a singing programme and its impact on academic performance at a local primary school. The research will be of interest to educators.
- a qualitative study into women returners and women in mid-late stage career contexts to explore best practice in relation to career progression. This research will be of interest to policy makers and practitioners concerned with supporting the career development of professional women.