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Qualitative methods; thematic analysis; grounded theory; narrative analysis; semiotics; interpretative phenomenological analysis; LGBTQ+ mental health; LGBTQ+ youth and safeguarding; mental health; sex work; homelessness; nicotine harm reduction; e-cigarettes; smoking cessation

I am interested in complex, quantum, and fuzzy-logic patterns of decision-making, choice, and 'agency' (the ability to have and make conscious choices within a defined context). I use queer theory with established and innovative methods for trans-disciplinary data collection and analysis with underserved (marginalised, sometimes ‘hard to reach’) populations.

I currently partner with Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) to design, deliver, and evidence training with safeguarding stakeholders to extend cultural competences working with young trans and non-binary people, LGBTQ+ young people who are known to services. Our shared aim is to go beyond cultural competence, to develop 'Cultures of Confidence' that young people can be confident in the responses of safeguarding staff.

From 2010 to 2015, I was an academic advisor for PACE Health, a mental health charity for LGBTQ people in London, and co-author of the Risk and Resiliency Explored (RaRE) Report into LGBT mental health in England.

With colleagues in the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research (CABR), I designed and delivered innovative interventions to capture detailed ecological data about addiction and mental health in contexts of street drinking, smoking, and homelessness.

My PhD research with men-who-sell-sex-to-men through magazine ads and social media used a non-pathologising, psycho-social approach to intersections of sex, gender, labour, and scarcity. I write critical perspectives of identity-typologies in psycho-social models of sex work.

My current research is deconstructing discursive and narrative patterns in data collected from interviews, focus groups, ethnographies, and participatory action-research to help understand and illustrate the complexity of meaning making for individuals within larger identity groups, to disrupt the homogenisation and erasure of minoritised groups within minoritised groups, such as LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness or at risk of suicide.

I supervise a number of PhD and MPhil students. I invite new student proposals.

Courses taught

Mental Health and Clinical Psychology - MSc

Addiction Psychology and Counselling - MSc/PgDip

Psychology - MSc

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Child Development) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Clinical Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology with Criminology - BSc (Hons)

Psychology - PhD

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Isabelle Maria KellyDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ms Charlotte Taylor-PageDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Nate RaeDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Pallavi KaulDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ms Maureen Linda Helen RaphaelDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Andy OwusuDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Rachel May AbrahartDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
PhD

London South Bank University

2007
2016
MSc Gender Culture Politics

Birkbeck College, University of London

2004
2006
Bachelor of Human Ecology

University of Manitoba, Canada

1989
1994
FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Higher Education Academy

2015
Visiting Lecturer
Birkbeck College, University of London

I delivered lectures on on Legislation, Activism and Sexualities

for Social Policy (Level 6) to address LGBTQ+ politics, rights, and social policy with a critical and historical lens and demonstrate the intersections of feminist, race, and queer social justice issues.

My lectures explored issues of equality and equity that people who are LGBTQ+ face in contemporary Britain. I designed this class as a lecture and seminar and updated it each year to reflect changes in policy and social attitudes.

2010
2019
Education
Visiting Lecturer
University of East London

I updated and delivered five lectures and additional learning resources in social psychology (Level 4). I added readings, examples, and critique to an existing framework that provided opportunity for students to reflect critically from contemporary and intersectional perspectives. I was nominated by students for a teaching excellence award.

2017
2018
Education
Head of Pattern Cutting, Fit, and New Design
MIG Pattern Cutting Services Ltd

I led on projects involving pattern cutting (aka 'pattern making'), fit development, and new design for commercial textile products. I worked as a pattern cutter, designer, grader, and layplanner for clients whose products include made-to-measure tailoring (men's and ladies'), couture, corsetry, lingerie, swimwear, childrenswear and high-performance sportswear.

I led fit projects for international retailers, developed products worn in Olympic competition, graded patterns for garments exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and co-produced bespoke collections for clients. My patterns are available in a number of instructional books produced to support named authors and published by DK Dorling Kindersley (Penguin Random House) for people who sew at home.

I trained commercial users and Higher Education staff and students to be proficient with CAD/CAM systems for over 20 years.

2001
2018
Commercial/industry
UK Marketing Manager
insys interactive systems

I launched and represented computer-aided-design (CAD) and computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software and hardware solutions in the commercial sewn-products sector. I designed marketing campaigns, wrote promotional editorial, created warm-leads from contacts, converted leads into new customers, and maintained long-term, satisfied customer-service relationships to leverage opportunities for repeat custom.

1997
2001
Commercial/industry
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
What is the impact of EO-T2D on patients, carers &the healthcare serviceWhat is the impact of EO-T2D on patients, carers &the healthcare servicePrincipal InvestigatorNational Institute for Health Research (NIHR)OPEN In preparationJul 2023
PSL2324-0048 APS_R&E Work_Croydon Safeguarding Children PartnershipAPS_R&E Work_Croydon Safeguarding Children PartnershipPrincipal InvestigatorCroydon CouncilOPEN SubmittedDec 2023
Higher Education Academy
2015
Oral History Society
2020
Public Health
Journal of Homosexuality
Sexualities

Risk and resilience: exploring the potential of LGBTQ third sector and academic partnership
Nodin, N., Pestano, C., Peel, E., Rivers, I. and Tyler, A. (2023). Risk and resilience: exploring the potential of LGBTQ third sector and academic partnership. Community Development Journal. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsad008

Exploring LGBT resilience and moving beyond a deficit-model: findings from a qualitative study in England
Peel, E., Rivers, I., Tyler, A., Nodin, N. and Perez-Acevedo, C. (2022). Exploring LGBT resilience and moving beyond a deficit-model: findings from a qualitative study in England. Psychology & Sexuality. 14 (1), pp. 114-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2022.2063754

Effects of e-cigarettes vs usual care for smoking cessation when offered at homeless centres: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Soar, K., Mair, C., Dawkins, L., Bauld, L., Brown, R., Lennon, J, Ford, A., McMillan, L, Hajek, P., Li, J., Parrott, S., Notley, C., Ward, E' Varley, A, Robson, D., Pesola, F., Tyler, A., Carlisle, M and Dr Sharon Cox (2022). Effects of e-cigarettes vs usual care for smoking cessation when offered at homeless centres: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Annual Conference. St Martins in the Field, London 01 - 01 Apr 2022

Evaluating the effectiveness of e‐cigarettes compared with usual care for smoking cessation when offered to smokers at homeless centres: Protocol for a multi‐centre cluster randomised controlled trial in Great Britain
Cox, S., Bauld, Linda, Brown, R., Carlise, M., Ford, A., Hajek, P., Li, J., Notley, C., Parrott, S., Pesola, F., Robson, D., Soar, K., Tyler, A., Ward, E. and Dawkins, L. (2022). Evaluating the effectiveness of e‐cigarettes compared with usual care for smoking cessation when offered to smokers at homeless centres: Protocol for a multi‐centre cluster randomised controlled trial in Great Britain. Addiction (Abingdon, England). https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15851

Exploring the uptake and use of electronic cigarettes provided to smokers accessing homeless centres: a four-centre cluster feasibility study
Cox, S., Ford, A., Li, Ji., Best, C., Tyler, A., Robson, D., Bauld, L., Hajek, P., Uny, I., Parrott, S. and Dawkins, L. (2020). Exploring the uptake and use of electronic cigarettes provided to smokers accessing homeless centres: a four-centre cluster feasibility study. Journal of Public Health Research. 9 (7). https://doi.org/10.3310/phr09070

A cluster feasibility trial to explore the uptake and use of e-cigarettes versus usual care offered to smokers attending homeless centres in Great Britain
Dawkins, L., Bauld, L., Ford, A., Robson, D., Hajek, P., Parrott, S., Best, C., Li, J., Tyler, A., Uny, I. and Cox, S. (2020). A cluster feasibility trial to explore the uptake and use of e-cigarettes versus usual care offered to smokers attending homeless centres in Great Britain. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240968

Data for: A cluster feasibility trial to explore the uptake and use of e-cigarettes versus usual care offered to smokers attending homeless centres in Great Britain
Dawkins, L., Cox, S., Tyler, A., Bauld, L, Ford, A, Robson, D, Hajek, P, Best, C, Li, J, Uny, I and Parrott, S (2020). Data for: A cluster feasibility trial to explore the uptake and use of e-cigarettes versus usual care offered to smokers attending homeless centres in Great Britain. London South Bank University. https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.8q255

Sex Work
Tyler, A. (2017). Sex Work. in: Vossler, A., Harvard, C., Pike, G., Barker, M-J. and Raabe, B. (ed.) Mad or Bad? A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology London Sage.

Optics and Illusions of Street Drinking in East London: A thematic analysis
Tyler, A., Cox, S. and Moss, A. (2018). Optics and Illusions of Street Drinking in East London: A thematic analysis. SSA Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Addiction. Newcastle 07 - 08 Nov 2018

Understanding women's feelings about safety and hazards of street drinking in London through interpretative phenomenological analysis
Tyler, A., Moss, A. and Cox, S. (2019). Understanding women's feelings about safety and hazards of street drinking in London through interpretative phenomenological analysis. Addictive Behaviors. 99, p. 106042. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106042

A cross sectional survey of smoking characteristics and quitting behaviour from a sample of homeless adults in Great Britain
Dawkins, L, Ford, A., Bauld, L, Balaban, S, Tyler, A and Cox, S (2019). A cross sectional survey of smoking characteristics and quitting behaviour from a sample of homeless adults in Great Britain. Addictive Behaviors. 95 (2019), pp. 35-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.02.020

LGBT people and suicidality in youth: A qualitative study of perceptions of risk and protective circumstances
Rivers, I, Gonzalez, C, Nodin, N, Peel, E and Tyler, A (2018). LGBT people and suicidality in youth: A qualitative study of perceptions of risk and protective circumstances. Social Science and Medicine. 212, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.040

The RaRE Research Report: LGB&T Mental Health - Risk and Resilience Explored
Nodin, N, Peel, E, Tyler, A and Rivers, I (2015). The RaRE Research Report: LGB&T Mental Health - Risk and Resilience Explored. London PACE.

M$M@Gaydar - Queering the Social Network
Tyler, A. (2015). M$M@Gaydar - Queering the Social Network. in: M. Laing, K. Pilcher & N. Smith (ed.) Queer Sex Work Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). pp. 140-150