Prof Christine HorrocksHead Of Department

Christine Horrocks is Professor of Applied Social Psychology and is also Head of the Department of Psychology here at MMU. Prior to her current appointment she was Head of Psychology at the University of Bradford the Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Huddersfield and a founder member of the Narrative and Memory Group which gained a national and international reputation. Christine is currently the Chair of the British Psychological Society's, Psychology of Women Section and is on the executive committee of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology. She has completed a range of funded research projects investigating a series of policy interventions focussing on understanding health related behaviour and behaviour change. Working with local agencies her research includes collaboration with the probation service investigating coercive treatment interventions for drug and alcohol misuse. She has also worked consistently with the NHS undertaking and supporting the monitoring and evaluation of community based health interventions. Christine recently received funding to work with a social housing provider aiming to explore the impact of early intervention family support on psychosocial well being and independence.

Research Interests

Christine Horrocks' interests and expertise reflect an ongoing affinity with qualitative research methods, more specifically biographical/narrative research methods, and their growing influence on how we understand and acknowledge subjectivity and experience. Areas of research include:

  •  Evaluation research and psychosocial well-being
  • Community psychology
  • Participatory methods and behaviour change;
  • Coercive treatment and community interventions;

Funded research projects

2011 Flexible working and sustainability: using video diaries to elicit narratives of change. University of Bradford and Directors of Estates UK. (£18,000)
2011 YMCA, evaluating ‘culture fusion’, HEIF, KT award (£13,500)
2010 – 2011 Health inequalities support: evaluating collaborative early intervention. Social Enterprise funding (£15,000)
2008 – 2009 Community development and health: evaluation and developing baseline measurements, NHS Public Health (£5,000)
2008 Learning and Teaching Project to develop professional skills in relation to 'assessment practice'. University of Bradford, (£7,000) (with T. Walker)
2007 – 2010 Investigation into the effectiveness of the Alcohol Treatment Requirement. NHS Public Health, (£60,000)
2006 – 2008 Exploring community development in the NHS. Eastern Wakefield PCT (£27,000)
2004 – 2006 Investigation into treatment and ‘relapse’ when sentence to a Drug Treatment and Testing Order, West Yorkshire, Drugs Action Team (£15,000)
2003 – 2004 Partner relationship and delivering drug misuse services. Wakefield Probation Service (£10,000)
2001 – 2003 Asylum seekers: identity and adaptation in the UK, in collaboration with Leeds Asylum Support Services.
2001 – 2004 Drug rape: toward a conceptual understanding of prevalence, experience and recovery, in collaboration with Wakefield Sexual Assault Centre.
2001 – 2004 Domestic violence: women and health, in collaboration with Wakefield Health Authority - NHS Capacity Funding (£30,000)
2000 – 2001 Evaluation of young people’s counselling service, Northorpe Hall Trust, Kirklees (£3,000)
1999 – 2003 Teenage motherhood: identity transition and community narratives, in collaboration with Wakefield Health Authority (£15,000)

Editorships and Consultancies

Editorial Board Membership

International Journal of Health
Journal of Illness Crisis and Loss

Journal Reviewer

Narrative Inquiry
British Journal of Health Psychology
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
British Journal of Social Work
Psychology of Women Section Review
Critical Social Policy

Research Outputs

Authored Books

Horrocks, C. and Johnson, S. (2012) (eds) Advances in Critical Health Psychology, Basingstoke, Palgrave

King, N. and Horrocks, C. (2010) Interviews in Qualitative Research. London, Sage

Horrocks, C., Milnes, K., Roberts, B. and Robinson, D. (2002) "Narrative, Memory & Life Transitions", Narrative & Memory Research Group, Huddersfield University Press

Book Chapters

Lavis, V. and Horrocks, C. (2012) "Re-visiting Pandora's Box: primary healthcare 'directive' and 'participatory' practices with women experiencing domestic violence", in C. Horrocks and S. Johnson, Advances in Critical Health Psychology, Basingstoke, Palgrave

Horrocks, C. (2012) "Men's health: thinking about gender mainstreaming and gender sensitive services", in C. Horrocks and S. Johnson, Advances in Critical Health Psychology, Basingstoke, Palgrave

Horrocks, C. and Milnes, K. (2002) "Pre-adolescent and adolescent sexual relationships - more than just sex!", in C. Horrocks, N. Kelly, B. Roberts and D. Robinson (eds) Narrative, Memory and Health, Narrative & Memory research Group, University of Huddersfield Press

Horrocks, C. (2002) "Drug misuse: taking a narrative approach as a means of exploring 'self-change'", in C. Horrocks, K. Milnes, B. Roberts and D. Robinson (eds), Narrative, Memory & Life Transitions, Narrative & Memory Research Group, Huddersfield University Press

Horrocks, C. and Karban, K. (2000) "Children, Young People and 'Protection'", in P. Cox, S. Kershaw and J. Trotter, (eds) Child Sexual Assault: Feminist Perspectives, London, Macmillan

Horrocks, C. and Milner, J. (2000) "A serial step-family, quasi-sibling relationships in local authority care", in A. Mullender, (ed) We are family: relationships in placement and beyond, BAAF

Horrocks, C. and Adams, C. (1999) "The location of child protection in relation to the current emphasis on core policing", in Violence Against Children Study Group (eds), Placing Children Centrally, London, John Wiley

Horrocks, C. and Karban, K. (1996) "Being there, young people in residential care", in Violence Against Children Study Group (eds), Placing Children Centrally, London, John Wiley

Horrocks, C. and Firth, H. (1996) "No home, no school, no future: exclusions from school and young people who are 'looked after'", in E. Blyth and J. Milner, Exclusions from School , Inter-professional Issues for Policy and Practice, London, Routledge

Journal Articles

Horrocks, C. and Johnson, S. (In press) "Developing a relational and socially situated approach to informing action to improve health and well-being", Sociology of Health and Illness

Ashby, J. and Horrocks, C. (In press) "Coercive treatment for alcohol misuse: an interactive and relational analysis", British Journal of Community Justice

Ashby, J., Horrocks, C. and Kelly, N. (2011) "Delivering the Alcohol Treatment Requirement: assessing the impact and outcomes of coercive treatment", Probation Journal, 58, 52-67

Brown, P and Horrocks, C. (2009) "Asylum support and dispersal: the tale of the 'heroic' worker", International Journal of Migration, Health & Social Care, 5:2

Horrocks, C. and Goddard, J. (2007) "Adults who grew up in care: accessing care files in order to create coherent life stories", Child and Family Social Work, 11 (3), 264-273

Horrocks, C., Balen, R., Blyth, E., Calabretto, H., Fraser, C. and Manby, M. (2007) "Involving children in health and social research - 'human becomings' or 'active beings'?", Childhood, 13, 29-48

Horrocks, C., Lavis, V., Kelly, N. and Barker, V. (2005) "Accommodating the opening of Pandora's box: challenges and dilemmas in the re-framing of domestic violence as a health care issue", Feminism and Psychology, 15 (4), 441-460

Horrocks, C., Kelly, N. and Robinson, D. (2004) "Coercive treatment for drug misuse: a dialogical juncture", Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 14, 345-355

Horrocks, C. and Blyth, E. (2004) "Participation and 'client-centeredness': counselling services for young people", Youth and Policy. , 82, 16-26

Horrocks, C. and Kelly, N. (2003) "Making sense: exploring diverse lines of narrative", Feminism and Psychology, 12 (3), 279-285

Horrocks, C. (2003) "Using life course theory to explore the social and developmental pathways of young people", Journal of Youth Studies, 5 (3), 325-336

Horrocks, C. (2001) "Self-efficacy and a process of stigmatisation: exploring 'invisibilities' in the lives of care leavers and their children", Proceedings of The British Psychological Society, Volume 9, No 1

Horrocks, C. and Lavis, V. (2001) "Prisoner participation in the Dispersals Induction Assessment - from ambivalence to rebellion", Prison Service Journal, 136, 35-39

Horrocks, C. and Karban, K. (1996) "Leaving care interviews for young people", Practice, Vol. 9:4, 35-44

Research Reports

Horrocks, C., Pepper, L. and Redfern, L. (2011) "Evaluating the Health Inequalities Pilot Project: Promoting Independence." Report prepared for Wakefield District Housing.

Anderson, F., Horrocks, C. and Kelly, N. (2009) "Community development and health: evaluation and developing baseline measurements." Report prepared for NHS Public Health.

Horrocks, C., Ashby, J. and Kelly, N. (2009) "Delivering the Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR)." Evaluation report for NHS

Horrocks, C., Kelly, N. and Perry, S. (2008) "Community Development Practice: Tackling Health Inequalities." Report prepared for NHS Public Health

Horrocks, C., Kelly, N. and Anderson, F. (2004) "Intimate partner relationships and drug misuse: implications for treatment." Report for Wakefield Probation Service

Horrocks, C., Kelly, N. and Robinson, D. (2004) "Experiencing Drug Treatment and Testing Orders in Wakefield: taking narrative approach." Report produced for Eastern Wakefield PCT

Horrocks, C. and Blyth, E. (2000) "Northorpe Hall Trust, Counselling Service for Young People: Service Evaluation", report produced for Northorpe Hall Trust

Horrocks, C. (1996) "Involving young people in biographical social research: a reflexive approach", published proceedings, Eleventh International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dublin, 18-21 August, p178

Horrocks, C. (1996) "Exit interviews for young people who have been looked after in Wakefield", report for City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Horrocks, C. (1996) "Leaving care interviews. What have young people been saying?", report for City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Current Teaching Input

Teaching is generally focused in the following areas:

  • Social Psychology
  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Qualitative methods
  • PhD supervision
Christine Horrocks

Department

Psychology Department
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2472590

Fax: 0161 2476364

Email: c.horrocks@mmu.ac.uk