Personal profile


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.

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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External positions

External examiner, University of East Anglia

Feb 2015Sep 2018


  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Mental health and wellbeing

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Research Output 2014 2017

Open Access
Qualitative Research
Breast Feeding
Cultural Anthropology
Randomized Controlled Trials
Research Personnel
Social Class
Open Access
Human Condition
World View
Qualitative Study
1 Citations

Evaluating the audio-diary method in qualitative research

Williamson, I., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. & Johnson, S. 2 Feb 2015 In : Qualitative Research Journal. 15, 1, p. 20-34 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

qualitative research
4 Citations

Making use of expertise: A qualitative analysis of the experience of breastfeeding support for first-time mothers

Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Johnson, S. & Lyttle, S. 1 Oct 2015 In : Maternal and Child Nutrition. 11, 4, p. 687-702 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Feeding
Delivery of Health Care