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

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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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External positions

External examiner, University of East Anglia

Feb 2015Sep 2018

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Mental health and wellbeing

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Research Output 1998 2019

A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Exploration of Feeling Joyful

Chauhan, P., Leeming, D. & King, N., 12 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Positive Psychology. 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
Qualitative Research
Breast Feeding
Research Personnel
10 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Qualitative Research
Breast Feeding
Cultural Anthropology
Randomized Controlled Trials
Research Personnel
Social Class

Activities 2014 2017

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

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

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

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 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