Dr. Joy Probyn

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building, Room C512.


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Current positions

Lecturer in Social Policy


Joy joined the University of Salford in 2014 as a Research Fellow working on an NIHR funded project in the Directorate of Nursing and joined the Directorate of Social Sciences as a Lecturer in Social Policy in 2016. Joy was Interim Head of Social Policy 2020-2021) and Interim Head of Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy (2021-2022). Joy completed the Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to joining the University, Joy completed a first degree in Sociology and a PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Liverpool entitled, 'Type 1 diabetes and adolescence: An exploration of lived experiences', and worked at the University of Chester, Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute and University of Salford on postdoctoral research projects in the areas of paediatric palliative care; informed consent for surgery and the development of an Adolescent diabetes Needs Assessment Tool (ADNAT).

Joy's research spans across social science and health services. Her PhD research has underpinned the development ADNAT which is currently being piloted as an app in a collaborative study with academics and clinicians from the Keele University, Edge Hill University and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Joy is currently working on this study alongside a study exploring the lived experiences of working mums during the COVID-19 lockdown; and another exploring the experiences of vulnerable women living in 'exempt' accommodation.

Joy has supervised 4 PhD students and two Masters by Research students who have successfully defended their thesis, and is currently supervising/co-supervising 3 PhD students, and 3 Professional Doctorate students.

Internally, Joy is currently Deputy Director for PGR Studies (Admissions) and an active member of the Women's Voice Network.

Areas of research

Type 1 diabetes education for children and young people, Health technology, Working mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic , Social housing


  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Shaping, Making, Doing Social Policy

Research Interests

  • Qualitative methods
  • Interpretive phenomenology
  • Service user experiences
  • Health technology
  • Chronic illness
  • Gender
  • Women and work
  • Social housing

Qualifications and Memberships


  • HEA Associate Fellow
  • British Sociological Association