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Dr Paul Sullivan

Head of Division of PsychologyReader

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234789


Paul Sullivan is a Reader 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.

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

Professional activities

  • University of Bradford -
  • British Psychological Society, Qualitative Psychology Section. History and Philosophy Section
  • , History and Philosophy Section of the BPS QMIP section of the BPS.
  • Chair.History and Philosophy Section of the BPS,
  • 01-JAN-08: - Outstanding Research By an Early Career Scholar
  • 01-JAN-18: - Publication of the Month: The effect of territorial stigmatisation on ontological security:


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleBakhtin’s chronotope, connotations, & discursive psychology: Towards a richer interpretation of experience (2020)
AuthorsCresswell, J.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleThe effect of territorial stigmatisation processes on ontological security: A case-study of Bradford politics (2019)
AuthorsSullivan P.;Akhtar P.
JournalPolitical Geography
TitlePedagogical Violence (2019)
AuthorsEugene Matusov and Paul Sullivan
JournalIntegrative psychological & behavioral science
TitleMirrors, portraits, and member checking: Managing difficult moments of knowledge exchange in the social sciences (2018)
AuthorsMadill A.;Sullivan P.
JournalQualitative Psychology
TitleCarving a dialogical epistemology for investigating altruism: A reply to Mitchell and Eiroa–Orosa (2018)
AuthorsIntezar, Hannah; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleTowards a literary account of mental health from James' Principles of Psychology (2017)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
TitleNietzsche or Aristotle: The implications for social psychology (2016)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.
TitleThe moral journey of learning a pedagogy: a qualitative exploration of student–teachers’ formal and informal writing of dialogic pedagogy (2015)
AuthorsMoate, J.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleCrossing Chronotopes in the Polyphonic Organisation: Adventures in Experience (2015)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; Madill, A.; Glancy, M.; Allen, P.
TitleDialogue on Dialogue on Dialogic Pedagogy (2014)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.
TitleMedical training as adventure-wonder and adventure-ordeal: a dialogical analysis of affect-laden pedagogy (2010)
AuthorsMadill, A.; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleVygotskian dialectics and Bakhtinian dialogics: Consciousness between the authoritative and the carnivalesque (2010)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.
TitleAn Experiential Account of the Psychology of Art (2009)
AuthorsSullivan P.;McCarthy J.
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
TitleBakhtin, Socrates and the carnivalesque in education (2009)
AuthorsSullivan P.;Smith M.;Matusov E.
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
TitleEmbodied ideas and divided selves: revisiting Laing via Bakhtin (2009)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitleOur emotional connection to truth: Moving beyond a functional view of language in discourse analysis (2008)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
TitleEmpathy and applied psychology: Dunne's (2006) report on 'The views of adult users of the public sector mental health services' (2008)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalIrish Journal of Psychology
TitleManaging the polyphonic sounds of organizational truths (2008)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.
TitleThe relationship between self and activity in the context of artists making art (2007)
AuthorsSullivan P.;McCarthy J.
JournalMind, Culture, and Activity
TitleExamining the self-other dialogue through 'spirit' and 'soul' (2007)
AuthorsSullivan P.
JournalCulture and Psychology
TitleThe construction of self in online support groups for victims of domestic violence (2007)
AuthorsHurley A.;Sullivan P.;McCarthy J.
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
TitleCulture, Personal Experience and Agency (2006)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.; Wright, P.
TitleA Dialogical approach to experience-based inquiry (2005)
AuthorsSullivan, Paul W.; McCarthy, J.
TitleQualitative Data Analysis Using a Dialogical Approach (2012)