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Professor Jane Callaghan

Professor Callaghan studied Psychology in South Africa, where she also read English Literature and Speech and Drama.  She went on to complete a Masters in Psychology, and registered as a practising psychologist in South Africa, specialising in work with children and families, and with a specialist interest in responses to violence.  Her PhD research focused on South African women’s experiences of training as professional psychologists and she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009.  She is a Chartered Psychologist.

Jane joined the University of Northampton in 2003, and took over course leadership of the MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2004.  She leads the Social and Cultural Research in Psychology Group, and the Centre for Family Life in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

Professor Callaghan’s research interests include the study of violence, childhood, family life, mental health, gender, professional identities and issues of social justice and inequality.  She has been principal investigator for several funded projects, including the European Commission funded project ‘Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies’, the largest qualitative study to date of children’s experiences of domestic violence; the evaluation of the Who Cares? Trust’s Propel project, which seeks to broaden access to higher education for care leavers, and a MKSGB funded project exploring early help models for vulnerable families in Milton Keynes.  She is completing research on the profiles of offenders found guilty of child sexual exploitation.  Her project ‘The Midlands and East Mental Health and Wellbeing’ project evaluated changes in CAMHS services in the Midlands and East of England, and was funded by NHS England.  She has also completed funded research projects on child protection frameworks, creative interventions for excluded young people.

Beyond the university, Professor Callaghan chairs the American Psychological Association’s international committee for the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology.  She is Secretary to the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section, and sits on the Ethics Committee, as well as the Research Board of the BPS.She is editor of the Journal of Gender Studies.  She has strong ties to sub-Saharan Africa, and continues to be involved in research in the region, recently completing research on the experiences of early marriage of young Nigerian women.