Dr Joy Probyn

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer


Joy is a Sociologist by background and a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Salford. She joined Salford in 2014, following an early career in post-doctoral qualitative health research undertaking projects relating to adolescent diabetes management, paediatric end of life care and informed consent in cardiac surgery. Prior to this, she studied BA (Hons) Sociology and a PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Liverpool. She is currently Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (Admissions) for the School of Health and Society.

Areas of Research

Joy's research spans the disciplines of social science and medicine, with current projects focusing on the development of an educational needs assessment app for young people with diabetes, and gender inequality in paid and unpaid work. Joy holds expertise in qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on interpretive phenomenology and creative methods in the study of lived experiences.

Areas of Supervision

Qualitative methods
Health services
Gender inequality


Joy's teaching is focused on qualitative research methods and health, wellbeing and illness in society.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PG Cert Academic Practice

    2019 - 2020
  • PhD in Health Sciences

    2006 - 2010
  • BA (Hons) Sociology

    2001 - 2004