Stephanie Hannam-Swain

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Stephanie Hannam-Swain BSc, MSc

Senior Lecturer


I course lead for BA (Hons) Education Studies and BA (Hons) Education with Autism, Disability and SEN. I teach predominantly on these degrees but also have experience supervising MA students. I am also conducting my Doctoral research into Disabled people and self-harm.


I'm a disabled lecturer with a passion for making the courses that I lead and work on, as inclusive and accessible as I can. I have a background in psychology but now I come from a disability studies perspective. I have taught across a range of degrees including at Masters level. I am co-chair of Spark! Disabled Staff Network and have worked on a number of initiatives to make SHU a more inclusive and accessible institution, as well as helped to run and organise a number of 'awareness' days. I am also the leader of the Disability Research Forum, which is a place for early career researchers to come and present their work in a supportive environment. Finally I am an editor of a new student journal 'Autopia' which will focus on student contributions in the field of autism research. My current research is focusing on disabled people and self-harm however I have an interest in inclusion more broadly and disabled peoples experiences of living in a disabling society.


BA (Hons) Education Studies BA (Hons) Education with Autism, Disability and SEN BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling MA Autism Spectrum


Disabled people and self-harm 


Journal articles

Troya, M.I., Spittal, M.J., Pendrous, R., Crowley, G., Gorton, H.C., Russell, K., ... Knipe, D. (2022). Suicide rates amongst individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds: a systematic review and meta-analysis. eClinicalMedicine, 47.

Hannam-Swain, S., & Bailey, C.J. (2021). Considering Covid-19: Autoethnographic reflections on working practices in a time of crisis by two disabled UK academics. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 4 (1), 100145.

Taylor, C.A., Gannon, S., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannam-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). Grim tales: Meetings, matterings and moments of silencing and frustration in everyday academic life. International Journal of Educational Research, 99, 101513.

Knipe, D., Williams, A.J., Hannam - Swain, S., Upton, S., Brown, K., Bandara, P., ... Kapur, N. (2019). Psychiatric morbidity and suicidal behaviour in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine, 16 (10), 1002905.

Gannon, S., Taylor, C., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannan-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). ‘Working on a rocky shore’: Micro-moments of positive affect in academic work. Emotion, space and society.

Hannam-Swain, S. (2017). Safe with self-injury: a practical guide to understanding, responding and harm-reduction. Disability and Society, 33 (1), 143-145.

Hannam-Swain, S. (2017). The additional labour of a disabled PhD student. Disability and Society, 33 (1), 138-142.

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