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Dr Helen Owton

Job: Lecturer and Programme Leader of Health Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8724

E: helen.owton@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://dmu.academia.edu/HelenOwton

 

Personal profile

  • Innovative qualitative methods
  • Asthma and sporting embodiment
  • Sensorial dimensions of chronic illnesses
  • Psychology professional development
  • Women’s boxing auto/ethnography
  • Child (athlete) welfare/well-being
  • Homophobia in sport

Research group affiliations

Self and Identity Research Group, DMU

Medical Sociology East Midlands Sociology Group

LGBT Lecture Series, DMU

Health Advancement Research Team (HART), University of Lincoln

Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW), Brunel University

Publications and outputs 

Click here to view a full listing of Helen Owton's publications and outputs|

Key research outputs

  • NEW BOOK!

    Owton, H. (2014). Studying as a parent: A handbook for success. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Click here

    Sample chapter: Click here

  • Owton, H. Reinventing the body-self: Intense, gendered and heightened sensorial experiences of women's boxing embodiment. In A. Channon and C. Matthews (eds.). Global perspectives on women in combat sports: Women Warriors around the world. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (in press).
  • Owton, H., & Allen-Collinson, J. (2014). Conformers, Contesters, Creators: vignettes of asthma identities and sporting embodiment. International Review of Sociology of Sport.
  • Allen-Collinson, J., & Owton, H. (2014). In the heat of the moment: a phenomenology of lived heat and 'intense embodiment'. Body and Society.
  • Allen-Collinson, J., & Owton, H. (2014). “Take a deep breath”: Asthma, sporting embodiment and ‘auditory work’. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49(5), 592-608.
  • Owton, H., & Allen-Collinson, J. (2014). Close but not too close: friendship as method(ology) in ethnographic research encounters. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, online early.
  • Owton, H.,Bond, K., & Tod, D. (2014). “It’s my dream to work with Olympic Athletes”: Neophyte applied sport psychology expectations and initial experiences. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, online early.
  • Owton, H. (2013). Narrative affinities of the lived experiences of asthma and sporting embodiment. Leisure Studies Association Newsletter, No. 95, 30-36.
  • Owton, H. (2013). Integrating multiple forms of representation: Fighting Asthma. Qualitative Inquiry, 19, 601-604.

Areas of teaching

  • Programme Leader for BA Health Studies
  • MSc Health Studies

Qualifications

  • BA(Hons)
  • MSc
  • FHEA
  • PhD
  • CPsychol

Honours and awards

  • (2012) Images in Research Award: ‘The Meaning of Breathing’ was judged to be the best entry in the ‘Enhancing Quality of Life, Health & Creative Output’ category, University of Exeter
  • (2010) Student British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences Award, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • (2008) Most outstanding dissertation, University of Winchester
  • (2008) Overall Contribution Award, University of Winchester

Membership of external committees

  • Psychology of Women’s Section (POWS)
  • Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP)
  • PsyPAG (Postgraduate Psychology Affairs Group) 2009-2012

External reviewer

  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Qualitative Methods in Sport, Exercise, and Health

Guest Editor

  • POWSR, Special Sports edition, 2012
  • QMiP Bulletin, Focus on Sports and Performance II, 2012, (15)

Professional licences and certificates

  • British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist)
  • Higher Education Academy (Teaching Fellow)
  • Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW)
  • British Sociological Association (BSA)

Projects

Tackling homophobia in sport (THIS) project| (2013-2014) Funded by the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation

The lived experience of asthma in sportspeople and serious exercisers: implications for self-care & healthcare practice| (2013-2014). Funded by Research Infrastructure Funding scheme, University of Lincoln

Leicester LGBT Centre: Helping them to help themselves (2013-2014). Funded by The Big Society Grant, Leicestershire County Council.

Achieving against the odds: The student parent experience in higher education (2012-2013). Funded by the University of Northampton

A breath of fresh air: The lived experiences of asthma and sporting embodiment (2009-2012). Funded by the University of Exeter

Emergency Health and Nutrition Save the Children UK Programme in North Eastern Province, Kenya (2011). Funded by European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) Department for International Development (DfID)

The ‘lived experiences’ of International Ph.D. students (2009-2011). Funded by the University of Exeter

Community Development Through Sport (CDTS), Uganda (2010). Funded by Hampshire FA Community Trust

Forthcoming events

HOT TOPIC: "Lecturer pulls on her gloves for cancer research"

Multiple Transformations of research methods|, De Montfort University. Funded by Qualitative Methods in Psychology, British Psychological Society. Friday 11th April 2014

Conference attendance

(2014)  Auditory work and attunement in asthma and sporting embodiment. Presentation at Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University (forthcoming).

(2014) Conformers, Contesters, Creators: re-ordering/re-negotiation of athletic and asthma identities. Presentation at Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University (forthcoming).

(2014) Artistic impressions of asthma and sporting embodiment. Presentation at Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University (forthcoming). (2013) The lived experiences of asthma in sportspeople: phenomenological perspectives. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Research Forum.

(2013) Sexual abuse in sport |. Video presentation at Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW), Brunel University.

(2013) Close but not too close. Presentation at Qualitative Methods in Psychology, BPS: Emotionalities and relationalities, Huddersfield University.

(2013) Merging pluralisms. Presentation at Qualitative Methods in Psychology, BPS, Huddersfield University.

(2013) A better life: A student-parent experience, Presentation at Psychology of Women’s Section Conference, BPS, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor - Funded by QMiP

(2013) Methodology workshop. Psychology of Women’s Section Conference, BPS, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor - Funded by QMiP

(2013) “It brings you down from the clouds”: Trainee experiences of applied sport psychology training, Presentation at FEPSAC (European Federation of Applied Sport Psychology), INSEP Paris.

(2013) Merging multiple methods. Presentation at University of Exeter : Higher Education Academy: Qualitative and Ethnographic Research (QER): Sharing and shaping pedagogies - learning through doing.

(2012) Sportswomen with asthma.  Presentation at Psychology of Women’s Section Conference, BPS, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

(2012) Sensual experiences of sportspeople with asthma. Presented at the British Psychological Society Conference, The Grand Connaught Rooms, London - Funded by PsyPAG & BPS

(2011) Investigating the biographical and lived experiences of (sports) people with asthma: “Contesters, Conformers, and Creators” Presented at the PsyPAG Conference, University of Bangor - Funded by PsyPAG

(2011) Problematising the mode of inquiry . Presented at the PsyPAG Conference, University of Bangor  - Funded by QMiP

(2011) Practising alternative approaches to research , University of Bath - Funded by PsyPAG

(2011) Balancing the researcher self. Presented at the Psychology of Women’s Section Conference, BPS, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

(2010) Trauma, dance, (smoking & drinking) and chronic illness. Presented at the 6th Meeting of the Transnational Working Group for the Study of Gender and Sport, University of Bath. 2010.

(2010) The ‘lived experiences’ of International Ph.D. students. Presented at the Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Exeter.

(2010) The ‘coolness’ of sport psychology. Presented at British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference, Aberystwyth University - Funded by University of Exeter (Poster Award)

(2009) Preconceptions of applied sport psychology career opportunities. Presented at PsyPAG conference, Cardiff University - Funded by PsyPAG

(2009) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of team sportsmen describing their experiences of surgery as a result of sporting injuries. Presented at British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference, University of Hull.

(2008) T eam sporting experiences of athletic mothers. Presented at British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Full Conference, University of Brunel.

(2008) Athletic mothers and team sports. Presented at British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference, University of Bedfordshire.

Consultancy work

Leicester LGBT Centre

Sportsister magazine

Current research students

External Adviser:

Helen Barber (University of Northampton)
A critical exploration of the experience of British Rhythmic Gymnasts

Charlotte Dann (University of Northampton)
The embodiment of women's tattooing in the workplace

Teaching testimonials

Student testimonials:

"I also wanted to thank you for your input & enthusiasm, you have been by far the best OU tutor that I have had the pleasure to work with… it is not all doom & gloom!" (2014)

“Thank you so much for your feedback. I am over the moon & so delighted that I managed to get back on track. You have definitely helped me through a very difficult patch" (2014)

“I would just like to say, thanks for your support on the module and feedback throughout which I believe has been of an excellent standard and really enabled me to come to grips with the module material. If I do not get to see you again before the module finishes I wish you the best of luck in your future.” (2014)

"I just would like to say ‘thank you’ for putting the chapter of your book up on blackboard! brilliant! It is like finely someone put onto words what has been going through my mind!!" (2014)

Marking monitoring and testimonials from externals and line managers:

“Well done on getting this marked and to such a very high standard. You use a positive tone and I thought that comment35 on (student's name) script was a particularly good example of your nice touch. Your students are also lucky that you provide them with such detailed, constructive feedback and I'm sure they will appreciate this, as well as benefit from it.” (2014)

"Thank you for this excellent teaching Helen. This is especially commendable.... Thank you for the skill, commitment and hard work you are bringin to your role" (2014)

Blogs

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