Dr Maddie Blackburn retired from full time employment in 2012. She originally trained as a nurse, midwife and as a health visitor in the 1970s. She is a qualified lawyer, senior health professional with extensive background in policy development, research, management, law and performance auditing. Find out more about Maddie and her research
Dr Evelyn Callahan is a research fellow in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University. Their background is in trans healthcare and healthcare in resource limited settings.
Dr Joseph De Lappe is a visiting academic in the faculty of WELS since he completed his PhD at the Open University. Prior to this, he trained as a secondary school teacher in English and worked in a variety of state-maintained schools in London and Leicester. He is interested in the evolution of the Pride umbrella and the interrelationship between established LGBTQ+ identities and politics and emergent identities and politics such as asexual activism, on which he completed his thesis. Find out more about Joseph and his research
Dr Sarah Earle is Director of the Open University's Priority Research Area in Health & Wellbeing. She is a medical sociologist with an interest in reproduction, sex and health and is a member of the School's reproductive and sexual health research theme. Sarah is especially interested in the politics of infant feeding, contraception and fertility, and the reproductive and sexual rights of disabled people. Find out more about Sarah and her research
Professor Lesley Hoggart is Deputy Associate Dean for Research Excellence in the faculty of Wellbeing Education and Language Studies at The Open University. She specialises in qualitative research, and spent many years working in the qualitative research group at the Policy Studies Institute. Her research interests are focused on reproductive health, abortion policy and politics, teenage pregnancy and sexual health. Find out more about Lesley and her research
Dr Naomi Holford's broad research interests fall within sociology, in the area of gender, sexuality and class in childhood and youth, across different age ranges from the early years to teenagers. She works with queer and feminist perspectives to explore the making of gendered/sexual subjectivities and relationships, with a particular focus on relations of power, conflict and violence, in their broader institutional and social contexts. Find out more about Naomi and her research
Dr Rebecca Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Health with interests in later life, sexuality and especially sexuality in later life. She is passionate about designing learning resources for online contexts, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Find out more about Rebecca and her research
Dr Mathijs Lucassen joined the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) at The Open University in August 2015, and became a WELS media fellow in June 2017. He originally trained as an occupational therapist, and has worked clinically in mental health services in both England and New Zealand. Find out more about Mathijs and his research
Dr Sam Murphy joined The Open University in June 2010 to work on K260, Death and dying which she now leads. Over the past year she co-chaired the redevelopment of K101, An introduction to health and social care and is leading its first presentation which started in October 2014. She is now co-leading the reconfiguration of K827: Leading healthcare improvements. Find out more about Sam and her research
Dr Catherine Pestano is an OU Associate Lecturer, teaching across health, social work and youth work subject areas, as well as on management and creative leadership, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Catherine is research active at the Open University with a research sandpit project open to all March- May 2021 on Menopause Transition – all areas. Other areas of interest in RSSH include menstruation-related mental health and LGBTQ* matters.
Dr Cristina Quinoes joined the Open University Business School in February 2014 as a Lecturer in Organisation Studies. Prior to that, she worked as a Lecturer at Northampton Business School from 2011, after receiving her PhD from the University of Southampton. Cristina is a Chartered Psychologist from the British Psychology Society and CIPD graduate with background in both occupational psychology and Human Resource Management. Find out more about Cristina and her research
Dr Philippa Waterhouse is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care at The Open University. Previously, she worked as a Teaching Fellow at The Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton. She holds qualifications in Population Studies (Bsc: UoS) and Demography (Msc & PhD: UoS). Find out more about Philippa and her research
Aaron’s research interests lie in children, young people and families, HIV and AIDS, adolescent and sexual reproductive health, gender involvement and fatherhood. He is also interested in qualitative methods and his current research centers on exploring the experiences of unmarried young fathers. Find out more about Aaron and his research