Dr Jenny Mercer is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Applied Psychology. Her main teaching responsibilities are in areas related to social psychology and qualitative research methods. She is the dissertation co-ordinator for the masters courses within the department and also the Erasmus co-ordinator. Research supervision roles span undergraduate to doctoral level students.
Jenny is a chartered psychologist and fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Researchers and Teachers in Psychology and the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, both of which also reflect her research interests. She is co-author of a book for the Psychology Express series on Social Psychology.
Previous research in the education field has focussed on adult returners’ transitions into and across higher education, reasons for males’ disengagement in psychology and the experiences of ERASMUS students studying psychology .Within the area of health/lifestyle psychology her research relates to outdoor activities and green care: for example a NISCHR funded project about the role of gardening and health, completion of a public engagement project exploring care farming for excluded young people, and is currently working on a study exploring the benefits and functions of volunteering at a care farm. Jenny has also supervised qualitative research projects conducted by trainee psychologists in forensic settings.
The core theme throughout all this research has been qualitative approaches to psychology, an area in which she has a keen interest. Her publications to date have utilised thematic analysis, grounded theory and interpretative phenomenological analysis, full details of which can be viewed on this webpage under publications.