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Professor of Critical Social and Health Psychology, Keele University

Abigail Locke, PhD, is a Professor of Critical Social & Health Psychology at Keele University, UK and a co-founder of the Parenting Identities Project (PIP). Abigail has a strong focus on health, parenting identities, gender and communication in her research work and has published widely in these areas. She approaches her research from a critical health psychology perspective whereby she considers wider contextual influences on health behaviours. Abigail is a qualitative methodological expert, most notably in discursive methodologies where has published on Critical Discursive Psychology (CDP). She has strong international links and sits on the Executive Committees of both the International Society for Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) and Association for European Qualitative Research in Psychology (EQuiP), where she is also a founding member. She is the Co- Editor in Chief of the Journal of Health Psychology, Associate Editor of Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine, as well as sitting on the Editorial Boards of Feminism & Psychology, the Journal of Gender Studies and the British Journal of Social Psychology.

Research areas:
Gender, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Pregnancy, Parenting, Identity, Social Psychology, Critical Health Psychology.


  • 2020–present
    Professor of Critical Social and Health Psychology, Keele University
  • 2016–2020
    Professor of Psychology, University of Bradford
  • 2010–2016
    Reader in Applied Social Psychology, University of Huddersfield