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Ageing & GerontologyPart of Economic, Social & Political SciencePostgraduate study

Dr Claire L Poppy BA (Hons) Psychology, MPhil Comparative and International Education, MPhil Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), PhD Education

Postgraduate research student

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I am a PhD student at the Department of Gerontology. My research interests are the life course and development across the lifespan, stress, coping and mental health in later life. My research examines (a) the use of resources in coping with life events and daily hassles through life, and (b) how such experiences influence coping with chronic ill-health and mental health in later life. I am interested in adopting an interdisciplinary approach to my work and utilise the sociological concepts of agency and structure to frame the research, whilst being interested in phenomenology methodologically.

I joined the iPhD program in Gerontology and Centre for Research on Ageing in 2018, and the Centre for Research on Self and Identity in 2020. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology (University of Swansea) in 1992 and then went on to train as a primary teacher, gaining a PGCE from the University of Cardiff. After teaching in London for several years, I worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Developmental Psychiatry, Cambridge University. I then moved to Norway where I taught at an international pre-school and completed an MPhil in Comparative and International Education in 2000. My research focus was upon empowering parents whose children had special education needs in England and Norway. I went on to complete a PhD at the University of Bristol in 2007 where my research was concerned with pupil perspectives of choice and decision making in the transition from compulsory to non-compulsory education in England in Norway. I completed an MPhil Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) in 2014 at the University of Oslo whilst working at the University Hospital. I investigated the impact of oxytocin on brain activity (fMRI) whilst participants were engaged in an emotion facial processing activity. I also supervised MPhil students in Comparative Education at the University of Oslo from 2006 to 2020.

I am a member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the British Society of Research on Ageing (BSRA). I am a member of the Medical Sociology interest group at the BSA and the special interest group on Ageing in Africa, Asia and Latin America of the BSG. I am the PGR Representative in the Department of Gerontology.

Dr Claire L Poppy
Centre for Research on Ageing Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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