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Emma Owen BA (Hons), MSc, PgCert LTHE

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.

  • About

    I work under the supervision of Professor Ann Macaskill and Dr Laura Kilby. My thesis aims to investigate 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 whether displacement from the indigenous environment affects elements of cultural identity. It is hoped the 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, self-determination, and the importance of instilling a sense of pride. 

    My research interests include indigenous health and wellbeing, refugee health and identity, environmental psychology, visual anthropology, and the practical applications of art to health and education settings. This is reflected in my research, which is primarily qualitative, focusing on interviews and visual research methodologies. 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 have also delivered dance classes in the community and arts workshops on neuro-rehabilitation wards.

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Social Sciences and Arts


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

    • Abnormal Psychology and Individual Differences (Level 4);
    • The Psychology of Development and Social Behaviour (Level 4);
    • Developmental and Social Psychology (Level 4);
    • 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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