Dr Nina Martin, Senior Lecturer

Dr Nina Martin

Senior Lecturer

Nina is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health. Nina is a practicing Psychotherapist (MBACP) and an accredited practitioner of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). She is also a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Nina has expertise in women's health, counselling and psychotherapy, 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. She subsequently re-trained as a psychotherapist, qualifying in 2016, and has been in practice since.

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, and joined the Psychology Group at Leeds Beckett University in 2007, where she taught qualitative research methods, health psychology and counselling psychology. In 2021, She decided to pursue her passion for all things counselling and psychotherapy and joined the Psychological Therapies and Mental Health team.

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). She is particularly interested in women's health and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, specifically factors that influence the development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship.

Current Teaching

Nina has particular interest and expertise in health psychology, counselling psychology and qualitative research methods. She is involved in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students.

Research Interests

Nina's research interests include women’s mental health, the therapeutic relationship, approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, women's reproductive health (specifically infertility and assisted conception), the cancer journey, and palliative care.

Nina's current research project is 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.

Dr Nina Martin, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Martin N (2008) Exploring the experience of known egg donation: implications for counselling practice. In: 28th Annual Conference of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 8 September 2008 - 10 September 2008, London, UK.


  • Blyth E; Martin N; Potter C (2003) Assisted human reproduction: Contemporary policy and practice in the UK. In: Singer D; Hunter M ed. Assisted Human Reproduction: Psychological and Ethical Dilemmas. Wiley,

  • Parkash V; Ashwin H; Sadlova J; Vojtkova B; Jones G; Martin N; Greensted E; Allgar V; Kamhawi S; Valenzuela JG (In press) A clinical study to optimise a sand fly biting protocol for use in a controlled human infection model of cutaneous leishmaniasis (the FLYBITE study). Wellcome Open Research, 6 pp. 168-168.


  • Parkash V; Jones G; Martin N; Steigmann M; Greensted E; Kaye P; Layton A; Lacey C (2021) Assessing public perception of a sand fly biting study on the pathway to a controlled 2 human infection model for cutaneous leishmaniasis. Research Involvement and Engagement


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  • Martin N; Mahmoodi N; Hudson N; Jones G (2019) Recipient and donor experiences of known egg donation: Implications for fertility counselling. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology


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  • Blyth E; Crawshaw M; Frith L; Jones C; Martin N (2011) Comment. No ’brownie points’ for ill-conceived Donation Review. Bionews


  • MARTIN NM (2009) Exploring the experience of Known Egg Donation. Update (Newsletter of the Daisy Network), 50 pp. 5-7.

  • MARTIN N (2008) Exploring the experience of known egg donation: implications for counselling practice.

  • MARTIN N; BLYTH E (2008) Psychological issues in known egg donation: considerations for infertility counselling. Journal of Fertility Counselling, 15 (3), pp. 40-52.

  • King N; Thomas K; Martin N; Bell D; Farrell S (2005) ‘Now nobody falls through the net’: practitioners’ perspectives on the Gold Standards Framework for community palliative care. Palliative Medicine, 19 (8), pp. 619-627.