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Dr Peter Appleton

Visiting Fellow
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Peter Appleton

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Biography

Dr Peter Appleton has a part-time visiting fellowship with the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. His primary research interest is in the practical reasoning, internal conversations, and social support networks of young people in transition from out-of-home care (i.e. residential care or foster care). At Essex University we have completed two intensive qualitative studies with care leavers, both using Professor Margaret Archer's qualitative internal conversations interview framework, and both using IPA for conceptualisation, analysis, and reporting. Four papers have been published: three empirical papers, and a theoretical paper which looks at the relevance of the work of philosophers Michael Bratman and Jennifer Morton to understanding agency in young people transitioning from care. A book is in preparation. See: Hung, I and Appleton, P (2016). To plan or not to plan: The internal conversations of young people leaving care, Qualitative Social Work, 15, 1, 35-54 Barratt, C, Appleton, P & Pearson, M (2020) Exploring internal conversations to understand the experience of young adults transitioning out of care. Journal of Youth Studies, 23(7), 869-885. Appleton, P (2020) Anchors for deliberation and shared deliberation: Understanding planning in young adults transitioning from out-of-home care, Qualitative Social Work, 19, (5-6), 1130-1146. Appleton, Hung, and Barratt (2021) Internal conversations, self-reliance, and social support in emerging adults transitioning from out-of-home care: an interpretative phenomenological study (published 22nd April 2021 in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry). After studying psychology at Durham University, Peter trained in clinical psychology at Glasgow University in the early 1970s, subsequently working as a clinical psychologist in multidisciplinary NHS paediatric and child and adolescent mental health services (1973-2006: Oxford, Norwich, North-East Wales, Cambridge, Bedford). In parallel with clinical work, he has worked as a university researcher and teacher (1995-present: Bangor, Cambridge, Essex). Peter’s PhD training, at Liverpool University's Department of Public Health and Policy, in the early 1990s, was in behavioural and social epidemiology (supervisor: Professor Peter Pharoah). More recently, qualitative research ideas and methods, especially those based on intensive individual interviews and analysis, have been a primary focus. For publications please see Google Scholar or Researchgate.

Qualifications

  • PhD Liverpool University,

  • BSc Durham University,

  • MSc University of Glasgow,

  • MSc University of Strathclyde,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Visiitng Fellow, School of Health and Social Care, Essex University (1/1/2020 - present)

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychology, Health and Social Care, Essex University (1/1/2010 - 1/1/2019)

Other academic

  • Affiliated Lecturer, Psychiatry, Cambridge University (2000 - 2006)

  • Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Bangor University (1995 - 2000)

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Mark Patrick Uzzell
Mark Patrick Uzzell
Thesis title: The Internal Conversations and Social Networks of Care Leavers At University
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/7/2018
Jasmeet Kaur Thandi
Jasmeet Kaur Thandi
Thesis title: Living with Husbands with a Label of Dementia. the Experience and Meaning of Punjabi Sikh Wives.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 4/7/2018
Ruth Jennings-Hobbs
Ruth Jennings-Hobbs
Thesis title: Couple Dynamics and Maternal Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: A Qualitative Examination of Nulliparous Women and Their Partners.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 16/5/2018
Zara Karim Rahemtulla
Zara Karim Rahemtulla
Thesis title: A Narrative Study of Adults Who Were Bullied By a Sibling in Childhood
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 19/10/2016
Martha Kingswood
Martha Kingswood
Thesis title: Exploring with Nhs Staff the Impact of Organisational Change
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 13/2/2014
Sarah Natasha Wraighte
Sarah Natasha Wraighte
Thesis title: A Qualitative Exploration Into the 'Journey of Survival' in Gender Non-Conforming Young Adults Subjected to Childhood Bullying
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 22/1/2014
Catherine Anna Marie Madigan
Catherine Anna Marie Madigan
Thesis title: Do Children with a Diagnosis of Cerebral Visual Impairment Present with Autistic-Like Characteristics? a Case Series Study
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 2/8/2012
Isabelle Yu-Ying Hung
Isabelle Yu-Ying Hung
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 31/1/2012

Publications

Journal articles (1)

Appleton, P., Hung, I. and Barratt, C., (2021). Internal conversations, self-reliance and social support in emerging adults transitioning from out-of-home care: An interpretative phenomenological study. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 26 (3), 882-893

Contact

papple@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus