Dr Mark Finn
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.
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)
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
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