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    Institute of Applied Social Research
    University of Bedfordshire
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Dr Jo Neale

Senior Research Fellow, and
Co-ordinator for Making Research Count

Jo Neale

As co-ordinator for Making Research Count (MRC) at the University of Bedfordshire, I work with Gemma Wilson, MRC Events Organiser, to facilitate a programme of conferences and practice development seminars on topical issues for social work and social care.

We provide a series of journal clubs, and an enquiry/sign-posting service for our members.

We produce a quarterly newsletter, detailing MRC's programme of events and other research-related news items.

Making Research Count (MRC) is a national collaborative research dissemination network, run by regional centres based in ten universities across the UK.

This consortium of universities has a proven track record in social work and social care research, and in providing social work education at qualifying and post qualifying levels.

These universities have formed partnerships with member agencies to promote knowledge-based practice and improve services in social work, social care, and their interface with health and education across Children's and Adults' Services. For further information on MRC Bedfordshire's activities, or to download the latest issue of our newsletter, visit www.beds.ac.uk/mrc

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Bedfordshire
  • MSc (Dist) Psychology and Culture, University of Bedfordshire
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

Research Interests

I have worked on projects across a wide range of disciplines (education, health, social care), using both quantitative and qualitative methods. However, I am particularly interested in the relationship between psychology and 'culture' (i.e. how one's attitudes and behaviours are influenced by 'culture', and vice versa). My own research has explored this theme in relation to violence against women.

My (2017) PhD thesis, 'The Beam and Shadow of the Spotlight: Visibility and Invisibility in Women's Experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse', explores the processes by which heterosexual women enter, endure and leave abusive relationships. Its particular focus is on the kinds of control mechanisms available to perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse, and the ways in which their use of those mechanisms shapes women’s experiences. To access my thesis, click here

Recent Publications

  • Neale, J. (2018). Abused Women's Perceptions of Professionals' Responses: Valued Support, or Collusion With Perpetrator? Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 2 (3), 411-427. Download pdf - PDF 251.4 KB
  • Conrad, M, Neale, J. and Charles, A. (2011). What is my Avatar? – Who is my Avatar? The Avatar as a Device to Achieve a Goal: Perceptions and Implications. In A. Peachey and M. Childs (Eds.) 'Reinventing Ourselves: Contemporary Concepts of Identity in Virtual Worlds'. London: Springer. Download pdf - PDF 154.0 KB
  • Neale, J. and Worrell, M. (2010). Visibility, Responsibility and Identity in Domestic Murder-Suicide. Safe, Women's Aid Federation of England Domestic Abuse Quarterly, Spring 2010 issue, p22-25. Download pdf - PDF 5.3 MB
  • Conrad, M, Neale, J. and Charles, A. (2010). This is my Body: The Uses and Effects of the Avatar in the Virtual World. International Journal for Infonomics (IJI), Volume 3, Issue 4.
  • Conrad, M., Neale, J., and Charles, A. (2010). Of Mice or Men? – The Avatar in the Virtualscape. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2010), London, UK.
  • Kelly, A., Neale, J. and Rollings, R. (2010). Barriers to extended nurse prescribing among practice nurses. Community Practitioner, 83 (1), 21-24. Download pdf - PDF 266.2 KB
  • Neale, J. and Galvani, S. (2009). Groundwork to Inform the Development of Luton's 2009-2012 Domestic Abuse Strategy. Luton's Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. Download pdf - PDF 1.0 MB
  • Neale, J., Worrell, M. and Randhawa, G. (2009). Breaking down barriers to accessing mental health services: A qualitative study among young South Asian and African Caribbean Communities in Luton. Journal of Public Mental Health, 8 (2), 15-25. Download pdf - PDF 166.0 KB

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2018 'Remote Control: Post-Separation Domestic Abuse'. University of West London Conference, Mapping the Landscape of Violence Against Women and Girls, London, UK.
  • 2018 'Some Women Seem to Go Looking For Violent Men': The Cultural Scaffolding of Domestic Violence and Abuse. British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 734.0 KB
  • 2018 Interrogating ‘Truths’ About Domestic Violence and Abuse: Unpacking Myths and Stereotypes. Central Bedfordshire Council, Chicksands.
  • 2017 Remote Control: Post-Separation Domestic Abuse. British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 147.9 KB
  • 2016 Making Sense of Domestic Abuse: Individual Deficit, or 'Dark Tetrad' Personality? British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 148.7 KB
  • 2015 The Beam, and Shadows, of the Spotlight: Visibility and Invisibility in Women’s Accounts of Abusive Relationships. European Conference on Domestic Violence, Queen’s University, Belfast, NI. Download slides - PDF 185.5 KB
  • 2015 ‘Identity Theft’: Living With Domestic Abuse. British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 232.7 KB
  • 2015 Professionals’ Responses to Women in Abusive Relationships: Valued Support, or Collusion With Perpetrators? University of Northampton, ‘Violence: Children and Families’ Conference, Northampton, UK. Download slides - PDF 323.2 KB
  • 2014 Making the Case for Victims' Meaningful Participation in the Development of Domestic Abuse Services. British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 294.0 KB
  • 2013 Professionals' Responses to Women in Abusive Relationships: Valued Support, or Collusion with Perpetrators? British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 206.5 KB
  • 2012 The Beam, and Shadows, of the Spotlight: Visibility and Invisibility in Women's Accounts of Abusive Relationships. British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Conference, Windsor, UK. Download slides - PDF 227.7 KB
  • 2007 The Interplay Between Abuse, Culture and Identity: Domestic Violence and 'Visibility'. Evidence-Based Practice Inter-professional Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University. Download slides - PDF 115.7 KB

Contact Details

E: jo.neale@beds.ac.uk

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