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Dr Mark Finn

Senior Lecturer

University of East London, Psychology

Mark Finn is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology. He teaches and supervises research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and his qualitative research interests are widely situated in the fields of gender, sexuality and intimate relationships. 

    After gaining a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/History and a Diploma of Education. (Monash University, Melbourne), Mark spent a number of years as a teacher and student welfare manager in secondary education. He then returned to University to study Psychology, graduating from UEL with a first class degree. In 2000 he relocated to Australia to complete a PhD in Psychology at the University of Western Sydney. In 2006 Mark took up posts as a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University, working on qualitative projects in social psychology and health communication before being appointed senior lecturer at UEL's School of Psychology in 2008. He leads the BSc (Hons) programme in Psychology with Sociology and the bulk of his teaching is currently in qualitative research methods. Mark has a special interest in the student experience within the School and serves on several School and UEL committees in relation to this. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

    BA English Literature/History (Monash University)
    Dip. Ed. (Monash University)
    BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of East London)
    PhD, Psychology (University of Western Sydney)
    Certificate in Student Welfare (Victorian Ministry of Education)
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)


    Mark has particular interest in critical approaches to Psychology and his research has a strong interdisciplinary focus. His methodological interests are in discourse analysis and the development of psychosocial and visual methodologies.

    For his doctoral research, Mark drew on post-structuralist theory and analysis in relation to the discursive and socio-culturally embedded productions and regulations of the 'couple' relationship in its various forms, including same-sex, non-monogamous and extra-dyadic relationships. Mark has published on the discursive practices of monogamy and consensual non-monogamy and the impact of these on formulations of couple and self identities. He has also published on topics such as fatherhood and masculinity, health-related issues, and transgenderism. Mark is currently interested in gendered and sexual identifications in relation to people's uses of 'dating/hook-up' apps and interactions between the personal, the technological and the spacial. 

    Primary areas of expertise includes:

    Practices of contemporary 'couple' relationships and accompanying identities, accounting for psychosocial and politico-historical contexts.

    Personal and professional constructions of health and illness with a focus on the governance of 'healthy' citizenship.


    Greenhill, R., Dawkins, L., Finn, M.D., & Turner, J.D. (in press) Adolescent awareness and use
    of electronic cigarettes: A review of emerging trends and findings. Journal of Adolescent Health.

    Highton, S. & Finn, M.D. (2016). HIV positive men as fathers: Accounts of displacement,
    ir/responsibility and paternal emergences. Heath: An interdisciplinary journal for the study of health, illness and medicine, 20(3), 291-307.

    Finn, M.D. (2014). Questioning the rule-making imperative in therapeutic stabilizations of non-monogamous (open) relationships. FQS: Qualitative Social Research/Sozialforschung,
    Finn, M.D., Tunariu, A., & Lee, K.C. (2012). A critical analysis of affirmative therapeutic engagements with consensual non-monogamy. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 27(3), 205-216.
    Finn, M.D. (2012). The psychological architecture of the stable couple relationship. Theory and Psychology, 22(5), 607-625.

    Murray, L. & Finn, M. (2012). Good mothers, bad thoughts: New mothers’ thoughts of intentionally harming their newborns. Feminism and Psychology, 22(1), 41-59.
    Finn, M. (2012). Monogamous order and the avoidance of chaotic excess. Psychology and Sexuality, 3(2), 123-136.

    Henwood, K., Shirani, F., & Finn, M. (2011). Methodological and analytical reflections on visual methods used in the Men as Fathers study. In P. Reavey (Ed.) Visual Psychologies: Using and interpreting images in qualitative research. London: Routledge.

    Finn, M. (2010). Conditions of freedom in practices of non-monogamous commitment. In M. Baker & D. Langdridge (Eds.) Understanding non-monogamies. London: Routledge.

    Finn, M. & Sarangi, S. (2010). Articulations of knowing: NGOs and HIV-positive health in India. In C. Higgins & B. Norton (Eds.) Applied linguistics in the field: Local knowledge and HIV/AIDS. Multilingual Matters.

    Henwood, K. & Finn, M. (2010). Researching masculine and paternal subjects in times of change: Insights from a qualitative longitudinal and psychosocial case study. In Thomson, R. (Ed.) Timescapes Working Paper Series 3. Intensity and insight: Qualitative longitudinal methods as a route to the psychosocial.
    Finn. M. & Henwood, K. (2009). Exploring masculinities within men’s identificatory imaginings of first-time fatherhood. The British Journal of Social Psychology. 48, 547-562.
    Finn. M. & Sarangi, S. (2009). Humanizing HIV/AIDS and its re-stigmatizing effects: HIV 'positive' public speaking in India. Health: An interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine. 13(1), 47-65.
    Finn, M. & Sarangi, S. (2008). Quality of life as a mode of governance: NGO talk of HIV ‘positive’ health in India. Social Science and Medicine, 66(7), 1568-1578.
    Finn, M. & Malson, H. (2008). Speaking of home truth: (Re)productions of dyadic containment in non-monogamous relationships. The British Journal of Social Psychology, 47(3), 519-533.

    Malson, H., Clarke, S., & Finn, M. (2008). I don’t think that’s normal: A reflection on accounts of experience of treatment for eating disorders. Feminism and Psychology. 18(3), 417-424.

    Henwood, K., Finn, M., & Shirani, F. (2008). Use of visual methods to explore paternal identities in historical time and social change: Reflections from the ‘men as fathers’ project. Qualitative Researcher, 9, 112-115.
    Malson, H., Finn, D.M., Treasure, J., Clarke, S., & Anderson, G. (2004). Constructing the eating disordered patient: A discourse analysis of accounts of treatment experiences. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 14(6), 473-489.
    Finn, M. & Dell, P. (1999). Practices of body management: transgenderism and embodiment. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 9(6), 463–477.



    Currently funded by Cancer Research UK (50K) as co-investigator on Child Vapors: A study of parental and carer behaviours and views on the use of electronic vaporising devices by their 11-18 year old children.

    Principal investigator: Dr John Turner (UEL)

    Collaborating investigators: Dr Lynne Dawkins (South Bank); Dr Caitlin Notley (UEA); Richard Greenhill (Research Assistant)


    See 'Research' Tab for an outline of Mark's research interests



    Mark largely teaches qualitative research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    Current teaching:

    PY5201: Researching Psychological Worlds II: Research Methods (BSc)
    PY6317: Psychology, Identity & Society (BSc)
    PY6313: Psychology of Emotions (BSc)
    PY7154: Qualitative Research Methods (MSc)

    Mark supervises Level 6 qualitative research projects, and MSc and professional doctorate dissertations.

    He is programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology