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Dr Darren Langdridge

Dr Darren Langdridge

Head of Psychology Dept

Psychology

Profile

I am currently Head of the Department of Psychology. I am also Honorary Professor of Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sheffield)
PG Cert Psychotherapy (Sheffield)
MA (Dist) Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy (NSPC/Sheffield)
PhD Psychology (Sheffield)

Professional affiliations

Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society (BPS)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) accredited psychotherapist
Clinical Member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association
Clinical Member of the Society for Existential Analysis
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Course development and teaching

I was previously Director of the Foundation Degree in Counselling (X09) and involved in the production of Counselling: exploring fear and sadness (D240). I was chair of production for Social psychology: critical perspectives on self and others (DD307) and Introduction to counselling (D171). I also have made production and presentation contributions to a number of other modules.

Research interests

  • Phenomenological methodology, in particular the role of power and politics in developing a phenomenological psychosocial perspective
  • Existential psychotherapy, notably advancing theory and practise (particularly when working with sexual minorities)
  • Psychology of sexualities, including work on BDSM, ethical non-monogamies and understandings of sex, gender and sexuality

I have completed qualitative (hermeneutic phenomenological) research on young gay men’s expectations of fatherhood and research on families where there is sharing of genetic origins information following third-party assisted conception. I have previously carried out research on the construction of sadomasochistic sexual identities and the motivation for parenthood.

I also have interests in psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic research and am a UKCP accredited existential psychotherapist. This enables me to bring together my theoretical work on existentialism, phenomenology and hermeneutics with people practically engaged in constructing and reconstructing their identities. I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral students wishing to conduct research on sexualities and who wish to employ phenomenological methodologies (broadly conceived) in their work.

I co-founded and continue to co-edit the Taylor & Francis journal Psychology & Sexuality with Meg Barker.

I recently organised the 30th International Human Science Research Conference (held at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford) and now host the IHSRC Network website, a central point for all researchers and practitioners interested in human sciences research.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Books

Langdridge, D. (2013, forthcoming). Sex-Sexuality-Citizenship: Beyond the Boundaries of Belonging. New York: Oxford University Press.

Langdridge, D. (2012, in press). Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage.

Langdridge, D. & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2012, in press). Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology, 3rd Ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (Eds.) (2010). Understanding Non-monogamies. New York: Routledge Research.

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Understanding Counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Langdridge, D. & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2009). Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology, 2nd Ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (Eds.) (2007). Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Langdridge, D. & Taylor, S. (Eds.) (2007). Critical Readings in Social Psychology. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Langdridge, D. (2004). Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Refereed journal articles (since 2001)

Spaten, O.M., Byrialsen, M.N. & Langdridge, D. (in press, 2012). Men's grief, meaning and growth: a phenomenological investigation of the meaning of loss. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology.

Wharne, S., Langdridge, D. & Motzkau, J. (in press, 2012). Decision-making in mental health care: a phenomenological investigation of service users perspectives. The Humanistic Psychologist.

Langdridge, D. (in press, 2012). Heterosexism, homonegativity and the sociopolitical dangers of orthodox models of prejudice reduction. Commentary on Dixon et. al. (2012). Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Langdridge, D., Barker, M., Reavey, P. & Stenner, P. (2012). Becoming a Subject: A Memory Work Study of the Experience of Romantic Jealousy. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(2), Art. 5, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs120258.

Tran, M., Minocha, S., Roberts, D., Laing, A. & Langdridge, D. (2011). A means-ends analysis of consumers' perceptions of virtual world affordances for e-commerce. Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2011 Proceedings Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6946, 362-379, DOI:  10.1007/978-3-642-23774-4

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Whatever happened to non-monogamies: Critical reflections on recent research and theory. Sexualities, 13(6), 748-772.

Blyth, E., Langdridge, D. & Harris, R. (2010). Family Building in Donor Conception: Parents' Experiences of Sharing Information. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(2), 116-127.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2008). Bisexuality: working with a silenced sexuality. Feminism & Psychology, 18(3), 389-394.

Langdridge, D. (2008) Phenomenology and critical social psychology: directions and debates in theory and research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2 (3), 1126-1142, doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2008.00114.x

King, N., Finlay, L., Ashworth, P., Smith, J.A., Langdridge, D., & Butt, T. (2008). 'Can't really trust that, so what can I trust?': a polyvocal, qualitative analysis of the psychology of mistrust. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5(2), 80-102.

Flowers, P. & Langdridge, D. (2007). Offending the other: Deconstructing narratives of deviance and pathology. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (3), 679-690.

Langdridge, D., Sheeran, P. & Connolly, K.J. (2007). Analyzing additional variables in the theory of reasoned action. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37 (8), pp. 1884-1913.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Gay affirmative therapy: A theoretical framework and defence. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11 (1/2), 27-43.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Ideology and utopia: Social psychology and the social imaginary of Paul Ricoeur. Theory and Psychology, 16 (5), pp. 641-659.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Voices from the margins: SM and sexual citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 10 (4), pp. 373-389.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Solution Focused Therapy: A Way Forward for Brief Existential Therapy? Existential Analysis, 17.2, pp. 359-370.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Imaginative variations on selfhood: Elaborating an existential-phenomenological approach to dream analysis. Existential Analysis, 17.1, pp. 2-13.

Crossley, A. & Langdridge, D. (2005). Understanding the reasons for happiness: A network analysis. Journal of Happiness Studies, 6 (2), pp. 107-135.

Langdridge, D. (2005). Between ideology and utopia: Re-thinking conflict and reconciliation in psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 16.2, pp. 221-235.

Langdridge, D. (2005). 'The Child's Relations with Others': Merleau-Ponty, Embodiment and Psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 16.1, pp. 87-99.

Langdridge, D. (2005). Actively dividing selves: S/M and the thrill of disintegration. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6 (3), 198-208.

Langdridge, D. & Butt, T. W. (2005). The erotic construction of power exchange. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 18 (1), pp. 65-73.

Langdridge, D., Sheeran, P. & Connolly, K.J. (2005) Understanding the reasons for parenthood. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23 (2), 1-13.

Langdridge, D. (2004). The hermeneutic phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur: Problems and possibilities for existential-phenomenological psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 15.2, pp. 243-255.

Langdridge, D. & Butt, T. W. (2004). The fundamental attribution error: A phenomenological critique. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43 (3), 357-369.

Langdridge, D. & Butt, T. (2004). A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Investigation of the Construction of Sadomasochistic Identities. Sexualities, 7(1), pp. 31-53.

Butt, T. & Langdridge, D. (2003). The construction of self: The public reach into the private sphere. Sociology, 37 (3), 477-494.

Langdridge, D. (2003). Hermeneutic Phenomenology: Arguments for a New Social Psychology. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 5(1), pp. 30-45.

Langdridge, D. & Blyth, E. (2001). Regulation of assisted conception services in Europe: Implications of the new reproductive technologies for 'the family'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 23 (1), pp. 45-64.

Book chapters (since 2001)

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (forthcoming, 2012). Relationship therapy with lesbian, gay, bi and trans clients. In E. van Deurzen & S. Iaunovo (eds.) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy. Routledge.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (forthcoming, 2012). Sexuality and embodiment in relationships. In E. van Deurzen & S. Iaunovo (eds.) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy. Routledge.

Langdridge, D. (in press). Sadism/Masochism. In T. Teo (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Situating non-monogamies: introduction. In M. Barker & D. Langdridge, (Eds.) Understanding Non-Monogamies. New York: Routledge.

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Introduction. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Langdridge, D. (2010). Existential therapy. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Langdridge, D., Barker, M. & Cooper, M. (2010). The therapeutic relationship. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Conclusions. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2009). Silencing Accounts of Silenced Sexualities. In R. Ryan-Flood & R. Gill (Eds.) Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. London: Routledge.

Langdridge, D. (2009). Relating through difference: a critical narrative analysis. In L. Finlay & K. Evans (Eds). Relational centred research for psychotherapists: exploring meanings and experience. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. [pp. 213-226]

Langdridge, D. (2008). Are you angry or are you heterosexual? A queer critique of LGB coming-out models. In. L. Moon (Ed.) Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings: Counselling Sexual Sub-cultures. London: Routledge.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Speaking the unspeakable: SM and the eroticisation of pain. In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (Eds.) Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (2007). Situating sadomasochism. In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (Eds.) Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Gay affirmative therapy: A theoretical framework and defence. In E. Peel, V. Clarke & J. Drescher (Eds.) British Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies: Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: Haworth Press. [Simultaneous publication with J. of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11 (1/2)]

Langdridge, D. (2007). The fundamental attribution error. In D. Langdridge & S. Taylor (Eds.) (2007). Critical Readings in Social Psychology. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Conclusion. In D. Langdridge & S. Taylor (Eds.) (2007). Critical Readings in Social Psychology. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Finlay, L. & Langdridge, D. (2007). Embodiment. In W. Hollway, H. Lucey & A. Phoenix (Eds.) Social Psychology Matters. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Langdridge, D. (2007). The time of the sadomasochist: Hunting with(in) the 'tribus'. In S. Seidman, N. Fischer & C. Meeks (Eds.) Introducing the New Sexuality Studies [First published in hardback as Handbook of the New Sexuality Studies in 2006]. London: Routledge.

Robson, C. & Langdridge, D. (2002). The Analysis of Quantitative Data. In C. Robson Real World Research 2nd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell.

Professional reports and guidance

Langdridge, D. & Davies, D. (2012, in press). On the need for therapist self-disclosure of sexual identity when working with sexual minority clients. Therapy Today.

Shaw, L., Butler, C., Langdridge, D., Gibson, S., Barker, M., Lenihan, P., Nair, R., & Richards, C. (2012). Guidelines for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 12 April 2013