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School of Health and Society

Dr Joy Probyn

Lecturer in Social Policy

Biography

Joy is a Lecturer in Social Policy with expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research and a focus on patients' and health professionals' experiences of health, illness and health services. Previous research work has centered around living with chronic illness, patient education and self-management, paediatric end-of-life care and informed consent for surgery. Current research interests include job seekers' experiences of claiming benefits, mental wellbeing in the transition to motherhood and online education for teenagers with Type 1 diabetes. Joy studied BA (Hons) Sociology and PhD Health Sciences at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2010. Following post-doctoral research positions at the Universities of Chester and Liverpool, Joy was a Research Fellow in the Nursing Directorate at the University of Salford in 2014 before joining the Directorate of Social Sciences in 2016.

Teaching

Joy leads two second year modules on the BSc Social Policy degree programme: Comparative and Global Social Policy and Research Methods, as well as contributing to teaching on a number of first year modules. Joy also teaches qualitative methods on the School-wide masters programme. Joy is currently supervising 6 PhD students in the School of Health and Society.

Teaching interests:

  • Research methods
  • International social policy
  • Globalisation
  • Health/health services
  • Gender

Research Interests

Joy is a member of the Knowledge, Health and Place Research Group, and a specialist in qualitative research methodologies. Current research projects include job-seeker's experiences of claiming benefits, mental wellbeing in the transition to motherhood and online education for teenagers with Type 1 diabetes.

Qualifications and Memberships

HEA Associate Fellow

Publications

Probyn J, Greenhalgh J, Holt J, Conway D Astin F (2017). Percutaneous coronary intervention patients' and cardiologists' experiences of the informed consent process in Northern England: a qualittaive study. BMJ Open, 7 (6). Probyn J, Howarth M, Maz J (2016).

Understanding the 'middle bit': How to appraise qualitative research. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 11(5): 248-252.

Cooper H, Probyn J, Lancaster G, Johnson M, Lwin R & Wheeler S (2014). Development and psychometric testing of the on-line Adolescent Diabetes Needs Assessment Tool. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(2): 454-468.

Probyn J, Cooper H, Milton B (2012). The lived experiences of young people (13-16 years) with Type 1 diabetes and their parents - a qualitative phenomenological study. Diabetic Medicine, 30(1): e17-e24.

Probyn J, Cooper H, Milton B (2010). Qualitative studies of Type 1 diabetes in adolescence: A systematic literature review. Pediatric Diabetes, 11(5): 364-375.