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Dr Juliet Foster

Dr Juliet Foster

University Senior Lecturer (Unestablished)

Senior Tutor, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Juliet Foster is accepting applications for PhD students.


Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 (7)62252 (Murray Edwards College)

Subject groups/Research projects

Social Psychology:

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in the development and interaction between different forms of knowledge, and in social psychological perspectives on mental ill health.  More specifically, I have looked in depth at understandings of mental health problems amongst different groups, including people who use mental health services, mental health professionals and the general public.  Some of my work has also considered the role of the media in this area.  I have used the theory of social representations extensively in my work, and remain particularly interested in issues of the genesis, transformation and interaction between representations.  I have recently been Co-Investigator on an AHRC network entitled Isolated Acts, which examines the relationship between psychiatric care and performance: my own work within this looks at theatre that went on in the old asylums and the reasoning behind it.  I have a developing interest in representations and understanding of ageing. 

I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in my work, but am particularly interested in ethnography, focus group and narrative interviews, as well as media analysis, and also in the issue of assessing the quality of qualitative work.

Keywords

  • mental illness
  • cultural psychology
  • Social Norms, Influence and Cognition
  • social psychology

Key Publications

Selected Publications

Flick, U. and Foster, J.L.H. (in press). Social Representations. In C. Willig and W. Stainton-Rogers (Eds.) The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (Second Edition). London: Sage.

G. Sammut, J.L.H. Foster, S. Salvatore and R. Ruggieri (Eds.) (2017). Yearbook of Idiographic Science: the application of research. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.

 Zadeh, S. and Foster, J.L.H. (2016) From ‘Virgin Births’ to ‘Octomom’: Representations of single motherhood via sperm donation in the UK media. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

 Ebsworth, S. and Foster, J.L.H. (2016). Public perception of mental health professionals: stigma by association? Journal of Mental Health published online 13 September, 1-11.

Foster, J.L.H. (2015). Engaging with the views and needs of users of psychological servicesIn J. Hall, G. Turpin, D. Pilgrim and S. Marks (Eds.) Clinical Psychology in Britain: Historical Reflections. Leicester: British Psychological Society (pp. 20-35).

 Flick, U., Foster, J.L.H. and Caillaud, S. (2015). Researching social representations.  In G. Sammut, E. Andreouli, G. Gaskell and J. Valsiner (Eds.). Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (pp. 64-80).

 Foster, J.L.H. (2015). Ethnography. In A. Lyons and P. Rohleder (Eds) Qualitative Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology.  Basingstoke: Palgrave (pp.238-256).

Foster, J.L.H. (2014). What can social psychologists learn from architecture?  The asylum as example.  Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 44(2) 131-147.

Harpin, A. and Foster, J. (Eds) (2014) Performance, Madness and Psychiatry: Isolated Acts.  Basingstoke: Palgrave. Includes Foster, J.L.H. (2014) Performance in Bethlem, Fulbourn and Brookwood Hospitals: a social psychological and social historical examination (pp. 42-62).

Chauhan, A. and Foster, J. (2014) Representations of poverty in British newspapers: a case of 'othering' the threat?  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 24(5) 390-405.

Toepfer, N., Foster, J.L.H., and Wilz, G. (2014) 'The good mother and her clinging child': patterns of anchoring in social representations of dementia caregiving.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 24(3) 234-248.

Foster, J.L.H. (2014) What can social psychologists learn from architecture?  The asylum as example.  Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 44(2) 131-147.

Rubinstein, H. and Foster, J.L.H. (2013) 'I don't know whether it is to do with age or horomones or with a stage in your life,': making sense of menopause and the body.  Journal of Health Psychology 18(2) 292-307.

Foster, J.L.H. (2011) Reflections on Bauer and Gaskell’s ‘Towards a Paradigm for Research in Social Representations’. Papers on Social Representations - Special Issue on A Half Century Of Social Representations: Discussion On Some Recommended Papers 20 23.1-23.12.

Foster, J.L.H. (2010) Perpetuating stigma?: Differences between advertisements for psychiatric and non-psychiatric medication in two professional journals. Journal of Mental Health 19(1) 26-33

Flick, U. And Foster, J.L.H. (2009) Social Representations. In C. Willig and W. Stainton-Rogers (Eds.) The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. London: Sage.

Foster, J.L.H. (2007) Journeys Through Mental Illness: Clients’ experiences and understandings of mental distress.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Foster, J.L.H. (2006) Media presentation of the Mental Health Bill and representations of mental health problems.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 16 285-300.

Howarth, C., Foster, J.L.H. and Dorrer, N. (2004) Exploring the potential of the theory of social representations in community-based health research – and vice versa? Journal of Health Psychology 9(2) 229-243.

Foster, J.L.H. (2003) Beyond otherness: controllability and location in mental health service clients’ representations of mental health problems.  Journal of Health Psychology 8 (5) 631-643.

Foster, J.L.H. (2003) Representational projects and interacting forms of knowledge Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 33(3) 231-244.