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Dr Paul Sullivan

PositionSenior Lecturer in Psychology
LocationRichmond E45
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Feedback HoursMondays 12:00-13:00; Tuesdays 14:00-15:00
Telephone01274 234789

Research Interests (key words only)

Dialogical Psychology, Qualitative Methods, Theoretical Psychology, Pedagogy, Organisations.

PhD Supervision

Christine Taylor (Associate Supervisor)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Introduction to Psychology.

Qualitative Data Analysis.

Critical Psychology and Mental Health


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 and a wider interest in the interface between moral philosophy and psychology

Study History

BA (Applied Psychology). University College Cork. 1998.

HDip (Education). University College Cork 1999.

PhD (The lived experience of artists making art). University College Cork. 2004.

Professional History

I have worked at the University of Bradford since 2004.

Professional Activities

Section Member: Qualitative Methods in Psychology. History and Philosophy of Psychology.

Research Areas

Social Psychology, Theoretical Psychology, Qualitative Psychology.

Current Projects

Political Participation in Bradford; Second-Generation Immigration; Mental Health and William James; Emotional Regulation; Dialogic Pedagogy; Moral Philosophy and Social Psychology.


Sullivan, P. (in press). Nietzche or Aristotle: The implication for Social Psychology. Theory and Psychology.

Sullivan, P. (in press). Towards a literary understanding of mental health from James' Principles of Psychology

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. (2012). Qualitative Data analysis using a dialogical approach. London. Sage

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. Vol. 20, No. 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

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