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Dr Paul Sullivan

PositionSenior Lecturer in Psychology
LocationRichmond E45
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Feedback HoursMondays 16:00-17:00; Tuesdays 13:00-14:00
Telephone01274 234789

Research Interests (key words only)

Dialogical Psychology, Mental Health, Qualitative Methods, Art and Creativity, Theoretical Psychology, Pedagogy, Organisations.

PhD Supervision

Joanna Spink (As Associate)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Qualitative Data Analysis (M Level)
  • Critical Psychology and Mental Health (Level Five)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Level Four)


Paul Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bradford. He has a specialist interest in dialogical psychology and its applications to qualitative analysis, mental health and organisations and has a wider interest in the interface between moral philosophy and psychology.

Study History

  • PhD in Psychology, University College Cork. 2004
  • HDip in Eduction. University College Cork. 1999
  • BA in Applied Psychology. University College Cork. 1998

Professional History

I have worked at the University of Bradford since 2004.

Professional Activities

History and Philosophy Section of the BPS QMIP section of the BPS.

Research Areas

Qualitative Psychology, Mental Health, Art and Creativity, Organisations, Social Psychology.

Current Projects

  • The Aesthetics of Memory
  • Emotional Regulation and Dysregulation (with Professor I. Burkitt)
  • Embodiment and Discourse (with Dr. James Cresswell)
  • Migrant Identity (with Dr. Kesi Mahendaran)
  • Fandom Rhetoric and Mythmaking (with Dr. Hannah Intezar)


I welcome PhD students with an interest in aesthetics, identity, mental health and qualitative research.


See Dr Sullivan's publications on Bradford Scholars


Sullivan, P. (2012). Qualitative Data Analysis Using a Dialogical Approach. London. Sage.

Articles in Journals

Madill, A., & Sullivan, P. W. (In Press, 2017). Mirrors, Portraits and Member Checking: Managing Difficult Moments of Knowledge Exchange in the Social Sciences. Qualitative Psychology. APA.

Sullivan, P. (2017). Towards a literary understanding of mental health from James' Principles of Psychology. New Ideas in Psychology. Vol.46, 31-38.

Sullivan, P. (2016). Nietzche or Aristotle: The implication for Social Psychology. Theory and Psychology. 26(3), 393-412.

Moate, J., & Sullivan, P. (2015). The moral journey of learning a pedagogy: a qualitative exploration of student–teachers’ formal and informal writing of dialogic pedagogy. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 23(3), 411-433.

Sullivan, P., Madill, A. , Glancy, M., & Allen, P. (2015). Crossing chronotopes in the polyphonic organisation: Adventures in Experience. Tamara Journal of Critical Organisation Inquiry, 13(1/2), 55.

Sullivan, P. (2014). Dialogue on Dialogue on Dialogic Pedagogy. Dialogic Pedagogy, (2), 77-84.

Madill, A. and Sullivan, P. (2010). Medical Training as Adventure- Wonder and Adventure-Ordeal. Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 71 (12), 2195-2203

Sullivan, P. (2010). Vygotskian dialectics and Bakhtinian dialogics: Consciousness between the authoritative and carnivalesque. Theory and Psychology. 20(3), 362-378.

Sullivan, P. & McCarthy, J. (2009). Dialogue in Making Art. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. (American Psychological Association). Vol 3(3), 181-187

Burkitt, I. & Sullivan, P. (2009). Embodied Ideas and Divided Selves: Revisiting Laing via Bakhtin. British Journal of Social Psychology. Vol 48 (3), 563-577

Sullivan, P., Smith, M., & Matusov, E. (2009). Bakhtin, Socrates and the Carnivalesque in Education. New Ideas in Psychology, 27 (3), 305-362.

Sullivan, P. (2008). Empathy and applied psychology: Dunne’s (2006) report on ‘The views of adult users of the public sector mental health services. Irish Journal of Psychology. Vol 29 No.1-2 pp. 77-88

Sullivan, P. (2008). Our emotional connection to truth. Moving beyond a functional view of language in discourse analysis. Journal for the theory of social behaviour. Vol. 38 (2). (pp.193-207).

Sullivan, P. (2007). Understanding self and other through ‘spirit’ and ‘soul’. Culture and Psychology, Vol.13(1), pp. 105-128

Sullivan, P. and McCarthy, J. (2008). Managing the polyphonic sounds of organisational truths. Organisation Studies. Vol. 29 (4), pp. 525-541.

Sullivan, P., & McCarthy, J.(2007). The relationship between self and activity in the context of artists making art. Mind, Culture and Activity. Vol 14 (4), pp. 235-252

Hurley, A., Sullivan, P. & McCarthy, J. (2007). The construction of self in online support groups. British Journal of Social Psychology. Vol. 46(4), pp. 859-874

McCarthy, J., Sullivan, P. & Wright, P. (2006). Culture, Personal Experience and Agency. British Journal of Social Psychology, Vol.45 (2), 421-439.

Sullivan, P. & McCarthy, J. (2005). A Dialogical Account of Experience-Based Inquiry. Theory and Psychology. Vol. 15 (5). 621-638.

Sullivan, P.& McCarthy, J. (2004). Towards a dialogical perspective on agency. Journal for the theory of Social Behaviour. Vol.34 (3), 291-309

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