Kathy Doherty

Dr Kathy Doherty

Head of Postgraduate Research


Dr Kathy Doherty is Head of Programme Area for Postgraduate Research in C3RI, Chair of the College of Business, Technology and Engineering 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.


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'


Key Publications

O'Reilly, D., Doherty, K., Carnegie, E., & Larson, G. (2017). Cultural memory and the heritagisation of a music consumption community. Arts and the Market, 7 (2), 174-190. http://doi.org/10.1108/AAM-08-2016-0014

Dryden, C., Doherty, K., & 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. http://doi.org/10.1348/014466609X438225

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (2008). Accounting for rape : psychology, feminism, and discourse analysis in the study of sexual violence. London: Routledge.

O'Reilly, D., & Doherty, K. (2006). Music b(r)ands online: constructing community. In Cybersounds Essays on Virtual Music Culture. Peter Lang

Doherty, K., & Anderson, I. (2004). Making sense of male rape: constructions of gender, sexuality and experience of rape victims. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 14 (2), 85-103. http://doi.org/10.1002/casp.765

Journal articles

Doherty, K., & Anderson, I. (1998). Perpetuating rape-supportive culture: Talking about rape. Psychologist, 11 (12), 583-587.

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (1997). Psychology, Sexuality and Power: Constructing Sex and Violence. Feminism & Psychology, 7 (4), 547-552. http://doi.org/10.1177/0959353597074009

Kitzinger, C., Bola, M., Campos, A.B., Carabine, J., Doherty, K., Frith, H., ... Winn, J. (1996). Speaking of Representing the Other. Feminism & Psychology, 6 (2), 217-235. http://doi.org/10.1177/0959353596062011

Beaitie, G., & Doherty, K. (1995). "I Saw What Really Happened". Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 14 (4), 408-433. http://doi.org/10.1177/0261927x950144005

Madill, A., & Doherty, K. (1994). ‘So you did what you wanted then’: Discourse analysis, personal agency, and psychotherapy. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 4 (4), 261-273. http://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2450040406

Conference papers

Bates, C., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2011). Understanding Programmers Through Discourse Analysis. In RAISE 2011, University Central Lanacashire, Preston, UK, 9 June 2011. http://www.agilenorth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Whats-the-Sense-of-Using-Echo.pdf

Bates, C., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2011). Facework in a pair-programming session. In Psychology of Programming Interest Group Work in Progress, Sheffield Hallam University, 18 April 2011 - 19 April 2011. http://extra.shu.ac.uk/crr/wip_ppig_2011/

Mcseveny, K., Grainger, K., & Doherty, K. (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 2010 - 2 July 2010.

Mcseveny, K., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (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 June 2009 - 25 June 2009.

Mcseveny, K., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2009). "I was in the same boat" : advicegivingand solidarity inan online weight loss community. In 1st Autumn Conference of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section of ECREA, Tampere, Finland, 21 October 2009 - 23 October 2009.

Dryden, C., Doherty, K., & Nicolson, P. (2009). The experience of domestic violence and construction of masculinities. In 11th European Congress of Psychology, Oslo, Norway, 7 July 2009 - 10 July 2009.

Abel, E., & Doherty, K. (2006). Mini-skirts, white lace stockings and pantomime boots:experiences of identity, fashion, and gender in the 1960s. In British Psychological Society Women and Psychology Conference, Brighton, 1 June 2004.

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (2003). The metaphorical construction of female and male rape in university students’ and talk show audience’s (Kilroy) discourse about sexual violence. In British Psychological Society Social Psychology Conference, 11 September 2002 - 13 September 2002.

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (1999). ‘Stand by your man’ - the mitigation of perpetrators in accounts for sexual violence on Kilroy. In The British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Belfast, 8 April 1999 - 11 April 1999.

Anderson, I., Doherty, K., & Nicolson, P. (1997). Deconstructing Rape Perception Research. In British Psychologyical Society, Psychology of Women Section Conference, Bristol, 1 July 1996.

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (1997). The social construction of rape in conversation. In British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Conference, Bristol, 1 July 1996.

Doherty, K., & Swann, C. (1997). Representing Ourselves: A Debate on the Aims and Objectives of POWS. In British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Conference, Leeds University, 1 July 1995.

Doherty, K., & Malson, H. (1996). Variety and strategy in qualitative research. In British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Warwick University, 1 April 1995 - 4 April 1995.

Doherty, K. (1996). Sinking & swimming in Major’s Britain. A discursive psychological analysis of accounts of entrepreneurial experience. In British Psychological Society Postgraduate Affairs Group, 1 July 1995.

Beattie, G., & Doherty, K. (1996). The discursive construction of identity in accounts of paramilitary violence. In British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch.

Beattie, G., & Doherty, K. (1995). Living the Troubles: A discourse analytic approach to understanding the reaction to violence in North Belfast. In British Pscyhological Society Annual Conference.

Doherty, K. (1995). Subjectivity, reflexivity and the analysis of discourse. In British Psychological Society Annual Conference.

Doherty, K., & O'Reilly, D. (2010). Rocking the museum : New Model Army as host-in-residence. In Transmission : Hospitality, Sheffield Hallam University, 1 July 2010 - 3 July 2010.

Mcseveny, K., & Doherty, K. (2016). "Confident, sexy and in control": Practices of self-transformation and representations of 'authentic femininity' in Slimming World magazine. In International Association of Media and Communication Researchers, University of Leicester, 27 July 2016 - 2016.

Shaw, R., & Doherty, K. (2016). Innovation in PhD Training in the interdisciplinary research institute. In 17th International Conference on Communication, Visual Arts and Design, Barcelona, 1 July 2016.

Doherty, K. (2012). 'Traffic Lights': Progression monitoring and completion rates. In UK Council for Graduate Education Doctoral Completion Rates Symposium, London, 1 January 2012.

Grainger, K., Doherty, K., & Mcseveny, K. (2006). "Stop Cheating": impoliteness on a weight watchers message board. In 2nd International Symposium on Politeness, Huddersfield University, 1 July 2006.

Yates, S., Mills, S., Lockley, E., & Doherty, K. (2005). Gender, 'face' management and mediated interaction. In 9th International Pragmatics Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy, 1 July 2005.

Doherty, K., & Tams, E. (2005). Balancing acts: Gendered discourses of entrepreneurship and work/life balance in the creative industries. In Gender, Work & Organization 4th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, 1 June 2005.

Dryden, C., Doherty, K., & Nicolson, P. (2005). Children witnessing domestic violence: Constructing the father, constructing the self. In International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, Sheffield, 1 April 2005.

Mcseveny, K., & Doherty, K. (2005). Dieting discourses: the online interactions of women in a commercial weight loss group. In International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, Sheffield, 1 April 2005.

Jackson, R., & Doherty, K. (2002). 'Delivering Health: A Foucauldian Analysis of the Strategic Deployment of 'Health' at the Post Office'. In British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, University of York, 1 September 2002.

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (2007). Constructions of Rape and Consensual Sex in Conversation. In Amercian Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, 1 August 2007.

Doherty, K. (1994). Gender, power & subjectivity: constructing health. In Second International Interdisciplinary Qualitative Health Research Conference, Hershey, USA, 1 June 1994.

Beattie, G., & Doherty, K. (1994). Power in Discourse: The social construction of the role of the victim in everyday talk in the Troubles in Northern Ireland (Invited Speakers). In 5th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Queensland, Australia, 1 July 1994.

Beattie, G., & Doherty, K. Invited Speakers: A discourse analytic approach to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In Symposium on Psychological Perspectives on the Troubles, University of Sussex.

Book chapters

Doherty, K., & O'Reilly, D. (2010). Rocking the museum: New Model Army as Host-in-Residence. In Transmission Annual: Hospitality. http://www.transmission.uk.com/

Doherty, K., & Madill, A. (1995). Cyberspace: Will it make us powerful? In Cyberpsychology Conference: Interventions and Reflections. Manchester Metropolitan University Discourse Unit

Theses / Dissertations

Graham, A.G. (2024). Bus Enthusiasm as Heritage Practice: Investigating Critical Approaches to Heritage Research. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., & Shaw, B. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00620

Boonchum, N. (2024). The Role of an Online Community in SupportingDiabetes Self-Management in Thailand. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00599

Subryan, M. (2021). Existential crisis? UK journalists make sense of theirprofessional practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Clarke, D., Doherty, K., & Canter, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00387

Jackson, C. (2020). All-attainment Mathematics Teaching in England. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K.

Dashti, A. (2019). Utilising Reuse and RecyclingStrategies in Costume Design inKuwait Theatres. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00250

Day, M. (2018). Artistic research into distraction, agency,and the internet. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00317

Aboud, M. (2016). Body Representations in Performance Art by Arab Female Artists. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K.

Hobson, G.E. (2015). In search of space : Exploring the dynamic relation of person and place. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Kivland, S., Cotterrell, D., & Doherty, K.

Fitzgerald, D. (2015). Coming out and being a father : A qualitative study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K.

Bates, C.D. (2014). Message passing: How software engineers use talk. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., & Grainger, K.

Dunn, C.S. (2012). The experience of female football fans in England : A qualitative study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., & Waddington, D.

Lamond, I. (2012). The articulation of culture in British governmental politics since 1945. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Moss, L., & Doherty, K.

McSeveny, K. (2009). The management of identity and accountabilityin online weight loss discourse. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., & Grainger, K.

O'Reilly, D. (2008). Marketing and consumption of popular music :the case of New Model Army. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., Yates, S., & Critcher, C.

Jackson, R.J. (2003). Happy, healthy and here: A Foucauldian analysis of the regulation of employee health. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Critcher, C., & Doherty, K.

Tams, E. (2003). The gendering of work in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ). (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Booth, C., Doherty, K., & Yeandle, S.

Ahmad, C.M. (2001). The sacred canopy: Narratives, stories and culture in a Malaysian organisation. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hartley, P., Mcauley, J., & Doherty, K.

Reavey, P. (1998). Child sexual abuse: Professional and everyday constructions of women and sexuality. (Doctoral thesis).


Doherty, K. (2017). Invited Speaker: The Future of Women in Academia. Presented at: Postgraduate Women in Academia, Sheffield

Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (2007). Invited Speakers: Rape Supportive Culture. Presented at: BPS Social Psychology Section Day Conference: Narrative, Discourse, Social Representation and Social Change

Doherty, K. (2003). Invited Speaker: Doing Discourse Analysis. Presented at: Trent Institute Seminar Series on Qualitative Research, University of Sheffield

Doherty, K., & Yates, S. (2003). Invited Speakers: Discourse Analysis Online: Innovation in the publication of qualitative research. Presented at: Qualitative Psychology Conference, University of Leeds

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