Dr Hannah Heath


Hannah’s main teaching areas are in Research Methods, Social Psychology, and Individual Differences. Her main research interests are in exploring the lived experiences of young people who provide support to friends, using critical Psychological theory, and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on how the friends of people who self-harm come to understand their experiences of providing care.


Hannah was awarded a first class dual honours BSc in Criminology and Psychology from Keele University in 2010, and went on to achieve a distinction in her MSc in the Psychology of Health and Wellbeing from Keele University in 2011. In 2016, she completed her PhD at the University of Bath exploring the impact that self-harm has on friendship, using multiple qualitative methods.


Hannah is a member of the British Psychological Society. She has been involved in a range of qualitative studies focussing on social and health psychology topics. For example, through interviews, focus groups, and prompt methods, Hannah has explored how young people come to understand their role in the care provision of a friend who self-harms. Hannah has a growing research profile, and has presented her work widely at national, and international conferences, to audiences from a range of backgrounds including clinical practitioners, self-harm specialists, and qualitative research specialists. 

Email: h.heath@chester.ac.uk


Hannah teaches on the undergraduate modules Psychological Research Methods and Skills (PS4005), Becoming a Psychological Researcher (PS5015), and Social and Individual Psychology (PS5015). She also teaches on the postgraduate course Social Psychology for Conversion (PS7315), and supervises students at masters-level.


Hannah’s current research looks to explore the impact of self-harm on friendship. Using a range of qualitative methods, and critical Psychological theory, Hannah has explored how friends, and how those supporting them, make sense of friend-carers. This programme of research has culminated in the co-creation of a support tool tailored to the needs of the friends. As this area is a relatively new area of study, Hannah hopes to further develop an understanding of how friends come to understand their role as a care provide, in the hope of making the support tool available in other formats. Hannah uses a range of qualitative methods, and is interested in the integration of multiple qualitative methods.

Published work

Recent Conference Publications and Invited Presentations


Heath, H., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. (2013). “I have seen part of her life nobody else has seen”: An exploration into the impact of self-harm upon friendship. European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists (EABCT), Morocco, 25th-28th September.

Heath, H., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. (2012). An exploration into the impact that self-harm has upon friendship. International Society for the Study of Self-Injury: Chapel Hill, USA. June 29th - July 1st.


Heath, H. (2015). Enough is enough: When to stop focus group recruitment. Quality in qualitative research and enduring problematics. University of Bath, 27th January.

Heath, H., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. (2014). “This isn’t something you should be expecting to be, you know, a part of; this is something out of the ordinary”: An exploration into how those who support University students make sense of the impact of self-harm within friendship. Psychology Department PhD Student Conference: University of Bath, 16th May.

Heath, H., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. (2014). “I’m kind of standing in”: The impact of self-harm upon adolescent friendship. Qualitative Methods in Suicide and Self-harm Research: Challenges and Opportunities: University of Exeter, UK. 18th March.