Dr Kathy Doherty is Head of Progamme Area for Postgraduate Research in C3RI, Chair of the STA Faculty Research Degrees Committee and Deputy Chair of the University Research Degrees Sub-committee. She is a Social Psychologist whose research interests cover a range of topics and issues in communication, working across the boundaries of social psychology, cultural studies and discourse studies.
Her published work includes a book for the Routledge Women and Psychology series 'Accounting for Rape' (co-authored by Irina Anderson) on identity and accountability for sexual violence. This work built on her earlier research (with Geoff Beattie) on the construction of accountability for paramilitary violence and offers an original perspective on accounts for female and male rape, employing critical discourse analysis to provide, '…a timely in-depth critique of contemporary rape supportive culture … destined to make a significant impact on contemporary scholarship on sexual violence'.
Other feminist standpoint research includes analysis of the interactional management of gendered identity and body modification in an online community of dieters (with Kerry McSeveny) and a project that explored sense-making in children's accounts of domestic abuse (with Caroline Dryden, published in the British Journal of Social Psychology). This work employed discourse analysis in an original way to explore individual differences in young boys' management of accountability in the context of social norms constructing masculinity in terms of heroic protection.
Research on online communities (with Daragh O’Reilly) has explored the relationship between the production and consumption of popular music and the factors involved in sustaining a popular music project over a long period of time. Kathy has served on several committees for the British Psychological Society (BPS) including the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, BPS Council, the Scientific Affairs Board, the Standing Conference Committee and as Chair of the Psychology of Women Section Committee.
She has supervised a total of seven PhD students to completion, with a further three due for submission in late 2013. She has supervised a diverse range of PhD topics including research projects on The Gendering of Work and Organization in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter; Governing Employee Health; Discourses of Childhood Sexual Abuse; The Production and Consumption of Popular Music; The Experience and Identities of Gay Dads; The Management of Identity and Accountability in the Weight Watchers Online Community; Jazz, Identity & Community in Cape Bretton Island; The Interactional Management of Software Programming; Body Representations in Performance Art by Arab Female Artists; an examination of the Relation between Subjectivity and Place through Art-Making and most recently, Communication Practices and the Underground Music Scene in Indonesia.
- Communication and Computing Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
Handoko, Constantius Tri: 'Tattoos amongst the Underground Musician and Fans in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, Indonesia'
Aboud, Maiada: 'Body Representations in Performance Art by Arab Female Artists'
Dunn, Carrie: (2012) 'The experience of female football fans in England: a qualitative study'
McSeveny, Kerry: (2009) 'Dieting Discourses: Interaction on a commercial weight loss message board'
Gillian Hobson (2015): 'In Search of Space: Exploring the Dynamic Relation of Person and Place'
Fitzgerald, Damien (2015): ' A Discursive study: The experiences of Gay Fathers'
Bates, Chris (2014): 'Message Passing - how software engineers use talk'
O'REILLY, Daragh, DOHERTY, Kathy, CARNEGIE, Elizabeth and LARSON, Gretchen (2017). Cultural memory and the heritagisation of a music consumption community. Arts and the Market, 7 (2), 174-190.
BATES, Christopher, DOHERTY, Kathy and GRAINGER, Karen (2011). Understanding Programmers Through Discourse Analysis. In: RAISE 2011, University Central Lanacashire, Preston, UK, June 9th 2011.
BATES, Christopher, DOHERTY, Kathy and GRAINGER, Karen (2011). Facework in a pair-programming session. In: Psychology of Programming Interest Group Work in Progress, Sheffield Hallam University, April 18-19, 2011. (Unpublished)
DOHERTY, Kathy and O'REILLY, Daragh (2010). Rocking the museum: New Model Army as Host-in-Residence. In: Transmission Annual: Hospitality. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)
DRYDEN, C., DOHERTY, Kathy and NICOLSON, P. (2010). Accounting for the hero : a critical psycho-discursive approach to children's experience of domestic violence and the construction of masculinities. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (1), 189-205.
MCSEVENY, Kerry, GRAINGER, Karen and DOHERTY, Kathy (2010). I'm sooooo chuffed : face management in reports of success on an online weight loss message board. In: Fifth International Symposium on Politeness, University of Basel, 30 June-2 July 2010. (Unpublished)
DRYDEN, Caroline, DOHERTY, Kathy and NICOLSON, Paula (2009). The experience of domestic violence and construction of masculinities. In: 11th European Congress of Psychology, Oslo, Norway, 7-10 July 2009. (Unpublished)
MCSEVENY, Kerry, DOHERTY, Kathy and GRAINGER, Karen (2009). "I was in the same boat" : advicegiving and solidarity in an online weight loss community. In: 1st Autumn Conference of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section of ECREA, Tampere, Finland, 21-23 October, 2009. (Unpublished)
MCSEVENY, Kerry, DOHERTY, Kathy and GRAINGER, Karen (2009). Laugh out loud : humour, confession and identity management in an online weight loss support group. In: Laughter and Humour in Interaction Conference, University of Huddersfield, 24-25 June, 2009. (Unpublished)
ANDERSON, I and DOHERTY, Kathy (2008). Accounting for rape : psychology, feminism, and discourse analysis in the study of sexual violence. Women and psychology . London, Routledge.
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