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Dawn joined the University in 2009, having previously worked at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness and the University of Northampton. Earlier in her career she was a clinical psychologist in the NHS, working with older adults in a community mental health team in Leicestershire. She obtained her BA (Hons) in Psychology from Nottingham University in 1985, her Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1991 and her PhD in 2008 from the University of East London where she was investigating the management and repair of shame. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section and the International Society of Critical Health Psychology.  She is interested in supervising postgraduate researchers in the areas indicated below.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Health and well-being 
  • Transition to motherhood, in particular women's experiences of breastfeeding and moral discourse in relation to these
  • Case formulation within psychological therapy 
  • Managment and repair of shame
  • Impact of mental health stigma on users of mental health services  

Research Degree Supervision

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Transition to motherhood; self-conscious emotion; making sense of mental health difficulties

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Mental health and wellbeing

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Research Output

A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Exploration of Feeling Joyful

Chauhan, P., Leeming, D. & King, N., 2 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Positive Psychology. 15, 1, p. 99–106 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Managing the dynamics of shame in breastfeeding support

    Leeming, D., 5 Sep 2018, Social Experiences of Breastfeeding: Building Bridges between Research, Policy and Practice. Dowling, S., D. P. & Boyer, K. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    The use of theory in qualitative research

    Leeming, D., 1 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Human Lactation. 34, 4, p. 668-673 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
  • Activities

    • 6 Oral presentation
    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Editorial work
    • 1 PhD Examination

    A Meta-Synthesis Examining the Role of Shame in Support for Breastfeeding Mothers.

    Joyce Marshall (Speaker), Dawn Leeming (Contributor to Paper or Presentation) & Sophie Hinsliff (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The experience of infant feeding for women diagnosed with an eating disorder: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Joyce Marshall (Speaker), Rumaanah Shabir (Contributor to Paper or Presentation) & Dawn Leeming (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    12 Jun 201714 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Managing self-conscious emotion in interactions with breastfeeding supporters: A theoretically informed meta-synthesis.

    Dawn Leeming (Speaker), Joyce L Marshall (Contributor to Paper or Presentation) & Sophie Hinsliff (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    12 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Managing the Dynamics of Shame in Breastfeeding Support

    Dawn Leeming (Speaker)

    2 Mar 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Concept of Shame and Understanding how this Might Enhance Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

    Dawn Leeming (Speaker) & Joyce Marshall (Speaker)

    10 Jun 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Changing the Conversation: Shelving Shame

    Dawn Leeming


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities