Tanya is a Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling based at The Open University in the UK. Tanya has an interest in trauma, gender-based violence, domestic abuse, social inequalities, and critical approaches to exploring eating disorders/eating distress. More broadly, Tanya is interested in engaging with how personal lived experiences and stories intersect and are shaped by broader socio-political structures and systems. Tanya is interested in feminist and narrative approaches to research that centre victim-survivor voices, lived experiences, and that attends to personal-socio-political intersections. Tanya is also a counsellor and psychotherapist. In practice, she integrates humanistic, feminist, compassion-focused, and mindfulness approaches.
Tanya is a member of the Intersectional Violences Research Group, an international group of researchers who work to address issues around gender-based violence from a feminist psychological perspective. She also sits on the committee of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Psychology of Women and Equalities Section. Tanya’s own lived experience of an eating disorder underpins her interest in research around bodies, eating related distress and our relationship with food and our bodies. When not working, you can find Tanya out in nature, on her yoga mat, with family and friends, or curled up with her cat, Orla, a coffee, and a good book.
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