Dr. Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans

School of Health and Society

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Current positions

Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Biography 

Edgar is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections of mental health, social science, and performing arts. With a background of psychology and counselling studies, he has tutored for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Psychology, Education, Counselling & Psychotherapy, and Applied Social Sciences since 2010. Prior to joining the University of Salford in 2021, he lectured at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) and Universidad del Valle de Mexico; was a postgraduate tutor at the University of Edinburgh; and a guest tutor at Universidad de Granada (Spain). Some of his most recent projects are: ‘The Everyday Lives of Gay Men, Autoethnographies of the Ordinary’, a co-edited book that touches upon the subtleties, the existential, and 'the everyday' qualities of gay men's lives; the book ‘Narrative Portraits in Qualitative Research’, which proposes a method to produce contextualised research findings without losing sight of the unique personal qualities of the research encounter; and the film ‘Heavier than Air’, based on the theatre play of the same name by Dan Harris and Stacy Holman Jones, which portrays the sometimes welcoming and sometimes violently exclusionary experiences of LGBTQIA+ teachers at their workplace.

Teaching

In addition to running Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Edgar contributes to a range of courses such as Practice Based Reflection and Research, Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approaches, and Dissertation Modules. He supervises qualitative research projects and his teaching work at the School of Health and Society spans course design, delivery, assessment, and feedback.

Research Interests

In research, Edgar is interested in the study of LGBTQIA+ lives, identities, sexualities, and relationships; lived experiences of illness; autoethnographic approaches; and uses of performing arts as analytic lenses and tools for research communication. He has presented his work in Mexico, Spain, Canada, U.K., Malta, France, and New Zealand. He is committed to research dissemination and public engagement.

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology, Universidad Intercontinental, Mexico
  • MA Counselling, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
  • PhD Counselling Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Memberships

  • COSCA (Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy)
  • Practitioner Member