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Dr Janine Talley

Dr Janine Talley

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor (Manchester Office)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
  • j.talley

Professional biography

I have a background in the biological sciences, health and education. I have had posts in research related to biological and biomedical sciences, as well as working in health education, health promotion and public health. I have been involved in education for over 30 years, with experience spanning all levels and sectors. I currently work as a Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor with the Open University Faculty of Health and Social Care. In my role as a Staff Tutor I manage Associate Lecturers teaching across a range of health and social care modules.


Research interests

My current research and scholarship interests include:

  • Interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of homeless people.
  • Metaphor and narrative in health, wellbeing and illness.
  • Approaches to student support in higher education, with particular interest in the role of coaching

Teaching interests

 I have made contributions to teaching at undergraduate level in health and wellbeing and at postgraduate level in healthcare improvement.


I have links with a range of international researchers and scholars in the field of metaphor and narrative.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
OU Public Health and Health Promotion Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care


Moving from the margins: The role of narrative and metaphor in health literacy (2016)
Talley, Janine
Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 9(2) (pp. 109-119)
Metaphor, narrative and the promotion of Public Health (2011-10)
Talley, Janine
Genre: forms of Discourse and Culture, 44(3) (pp. 405-423)
Evaluating outcomes following health improvement and well-being interventions (2014-10-01)
Talley, Janine
In: Wilson, Frances; Mahabdala, Mzwandile Andi and Massey, Alan eds. Health Improvement and Well-being: Strategies for Action (pp. 152-174)
ISBN : 978-0-33-524495-9 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Planning public health initiatives (2009)
Talley, Janine
In: Wilson, F., Frances and Mabhala, Mzwandile eds. Key concepts in public health. SAGE Key Concepts (pp. 118-124)
ISBN : 9781412948807 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Spirituality as a determinant of health – a health promotion perspective (2016-06-23)
Talley, J.
In : 2nd International Sprituality in Healthcare Conference: Nurturing the Spirit (22 Jun 2016, Dublin, Ireland)
Moving from the margins- the role of narrative and metaphor in health literacy (2014)
Talley, Janine
In : 3rd Annual National Health Literacy Research Conference (20 Jun 2014, Keele)
Being ‘good company’ on the student journey – exploring roles and relationships in student support (2014-11-19)
Talley, Janine and Sandra, King
The Open University, Milton Keynes.


The Open University joins programme promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in crisis hit countries

The Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies Faculty has announced its commitment to a new multi-million pound Government funded consortium within the UK Aid Connect programme to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

10th April 2019
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