What we're about

This community is for those who want to learn more about subjective experience and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as a research method in Psychology and the Social Sciences. IPA is a qualitative research method used in Psychological and Social Science research. What is the value of such research and what is its applications e.g. within Psychology, Western Medicine, Health, Business and Management? There are many more questions and I hope to be able to expand this 'About Us' section in collaboration with members of the IPA Ireland community. I hope you will join us in this community as we explore some of the most fundamental principles of credibility and science.

IPA Ireland was originally set up as a research support group for graduate students doing social science or psychological qualitative research using IPA methodology. However, these discussions are relevant to all qualitative research that dialogues with the scientific paradigm. They are also important topics for the general public to open up a wider conversation about the usefulness of academic research.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is a specific qualitative research method developed for the purpose of researching lived experience. To find out more you can visit the IPA website at Birkbeck College in the University of London.
http://www.ipa.bbk.ac... (http://www.ipa.bbk.ac.uk/)

There is a basic introduction to IPA on Wikipedia if this is your first encounter with the method. https://en.wikipedia.... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpretative_phenomenological_analysis)

If you are thinking seriously about using IPA methodology you should obtain a copy of the handbook:

https://www.amazon.co... (https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Interpretative-Phenomenological-Analysis-Theory-Research-Jonathan-Smith/1412908345/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485195926&sr=1-1&keywords=interpretative+phenomenological+analysis)

Presentations at IPA Colloquium 17 Nov 2018

Serge Basini, Presentation Title: Why have an IPA Colloquium? Presentation Description: Ultimately it's about SHARING our experiences of IPA and discovering the diversity of topics and fields of IPA research in Ireland, to share our knowledge of IPA or to receive feedback on ongoing research. Biography: Serge is a Senior Lecturer in DIT Business School.

Niamh Imbusch, Presentation Title: Defending the decision to use IPA to explore the experiences of mindful line managers. Presentation description: The importance of transparency and coherence between research design and research question is well recognised as a cornerstone of research quality (Yardley 2000), and in this short (10 minute) presentation, Niamh will explore the congruence between Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) and her research question: how mindful line managers, who are employed in commercial organisations, experience mindfulness in the context of their interactions with subordinates. A model illustrating points of correspondence will be presented. Biography: Niamh has spent 25 years working in industry in the areas of organisational change, employee engagement and workplace well-being. She is a part-time lecturer with the Faculty of Business, DIT. Niamh is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing at Lancaster University and is currently preparing her thesis for submission.

Julie Longson, Presentation Title: Exploring childhood experiences of WW2 and its impact on mental health across the life course. Presentation Description:Biography: Teaching Fellow/PhD student - Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery. I was a Mental health Nurse for 32 years and worked with older people before moving into education. My PhD aims to explore the meaning of childhood experiences of World War 2, to establish what it was like to be a child both during the war and at itsend when "normal" life was supposed to resume.

Brian McCann, Presentation Title: Presentation Description: Biography:

Leonard McCammon, Presentation Title: What IPA as my research approach did for me. Presentation Description: A general Practitioners and now proud holder of a medical doctorate. Biography:

Joan Murphy, Presentation Title: The experience of hope in mental health recovery. Presentation Description: Biography: Joan Murphy is a nurse lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Tralee teaching predominantly on the Mental Health Undergraduate programme. She is currently in the final year of completing a Doctorate in Nursing through University College Cork. Her subject area is hope in mental health recovery and she is using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore how people describe and experience hope in this context.

Geri McLoughlin, Presentation Title: Managing data - moving from the descriptive to the Interpretative in IPA. Presentation Description: Biography: Dr Geraldine Mc Loughlin is a University Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC, Cork. Ireland. She is the Director of the BSc Midwifery Program, and she lectures on aspects of Midwifery care and Women's Health to both Nursing and Midwifery students at undergraduate, postgraduate and masters level. Her PhD thesis explored Women’s Experiences of Maternal Foetal/Infant Attachment during the Transition to New Motherhood using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology. She also collaborates with Continuing Professional Development in the acute Maternity hospital setting, and internationally. She is a member of the Infant Mental Health Network and Perinatal Mental Health Alliance Group

Martina Carroll, Presentation Title: Using IPA with Socially Engaged Arts. Presentation Description: This presentation is a brief look at some at the unusual applications of IPA within my work as a Psychologist collaborating with artists in community contexts. These include using IPA to analyse visual images, group discussions and personal stories. Biography: I am a freelance psychologist who occasionally works in collaborating with artists involved in community contexts and creative events, as a collaborator and as a researcher. I frequently facilitate workshops on IPA Methodology, Human Development, Positive Psychology and the Arts, including Creative Writing and Poetry. IPA as a research method is very close to my heart and my hope is for high standards of research using the method and support for students.

Emma Mathias, Presentation Title: IPA as a methodology for understanding lived experiences of mental illness in Ghana. Presentation Description: This presentation is based on interviews I conducted Ghana during June & July 2016, forming part of my PhD project on mental health in Ghana. The interviews have been transcribed and translated and I am currently in the process of analysing them, with two interview fully completed analyses to date. The presentation will be based around these analyses, focusing on the different stages of IPA analysis. Biography: I am a PhD Candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe), UCD, and an Assistant Lecturer in Applied Psychology in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). Emma holds a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Development Studies, and is currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD project entitled ‘Exploring the Phenomenology of Mental Illness in sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Ghana’, bridging her expertise in the area of mental health and international development. This presentation is based on part of the PhD thesis.

Past events (12)

IPA Colloquium University of Limerick

University of Limerick

IPA Masterclass - price €120

The Central Hotel

IPA Workshop - Booking Closed

The Central Hotel

IPA Irish Colloquium DIT

Dublin Institute of Technology, Business School

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