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Emma Owen

Emma Owen BA (Hons), MSc, MBPsS, FHEA

Doctoral Researcher and Associate Lecturer


I am an associate lecturer in Psychology and current PhD Researcher examining indigenous psychological health and wellbeing in relation to cultural identity and displacement from ancestral lands. My teaching and research interests cover social psychology, indigenous, cross-cultural psychology, and cultural considerations in health/psychological anthropology, community-based participatory research, qualitative and visual research methods, and arts in education.


My first degree was in arts and visual culture. I have extensive experience of working in the cultural industries. My various roles have included arts management and events organisation, which involved liaising with schools, the NHS, and local authorities. I then undertook an MSc in Psychology with my dissertation focus on acculturation experiences of refugees.

My thesis investigates the effects of displacement on the mental health of Chile's largest indigenous population, the Mapuche. My primary research adopts a mixed-methods approach to assess the effect of displacement from the indigenous environment. Findings from this under-represented population will provide an additional perspective on assessing and applying healthcare interventions when working with indigenous communities. I am particularly interested in indigenous perspectives on wellbeing, emphasising the necessity to connect with the natural environment and self-determination as well as the value of indigenous knowledge in relation to climate change.


Social Sciences and Arts

I have worked as an associate lecturer in Psychology since 2013. I teach on modules from across a range of courses and at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My teaching interests predominately focus on social, indigenous and cross-cultural psychology. 

•        BSc Psychology
•        BSc Criminology & Psychology
•        MSc Psychology
•        MSc Developmental Psychology
•        BA (Honours) Education with Psychology and Counselling

•        The Practice of Psychology (Level 3)
•        The Psychology of Development and Social Behaviour (Level 4)
•        Developmental and Social Psychology (Level 4)
•        Applying Psychology (Level 5)
•        Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Level 5)
•        Cognitive and Social Psychology (Level 5)
•        Psychology Research Project and Personal Tuition (Level 6)
•        Psychology and Criminology Supervisor (Level 6)
•        Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Level 7)
•        Psychology of Differential and Social Psychology (Level 7)

Other activities

  • Owen, E., Macaskill, A., & Kilby, L (2016, November) - Culturally specific notions of wellbeing in the Mapuche Community. Roundtable presentation and co-chair in the 7th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference, Nga Pae te Maramatanga (NPM), The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Owen, E., Macaskill, A., & Kilby, L (2015, December) - The use of visual methodologies in indigenous research with the Mapuche. Keynote paper presentation in 'Closing the Gap' - The  International Indigenous Health Conference, Cairns, Australia.
  • Owen, E., Macaskill, A., & Spencer, S (2014, December) - Mapuche connectedness to nature. Paper presentation in the Social Sciences and Humanities Departmental Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
  • Owen, E., Macaskill, A., & Spencer, S (2014, May) - Community Health and Wellbeing: The case of the Mapuche in Chile.RF2 paper presentation at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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