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Dr Christine Campbell

Associate Professor

Dr Christine Campbell

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Chris gained her BSc (Hons) from Portsmouth University in 1996 and her PhD from the University of Southampton in 2000. Christine previously lectured at Southampton Solent University and Anglia Ruskin University. She received a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2005, and with it HEA fellowship. Chris also has a certificate in Humanistic Counselling from Chichester University. She's a Chartered Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

She has been interviewed for various national and international media outlets such as BBC Radio 5 live, The Independent, Stylist Magazine, Mel Magazine, The New Statesman and Die Welt on the topic of consensual non-monogamy, BDSM, and intimate relationships in general.

She's an elected committee member of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section and leads the organisation of their annual conference. She is also on the International Organising Committee and Scientific Committees for the biannual Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference which takes place in Europe and the annual International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-Monogamy which takes place in the USA.

She teaches qualitative and quantitative research methods, introductory courses in critical psychology, and specialist courses in the psychology of intimate relationships.


Research profile

Chris's research interests lie in the area sexualised bodies. She is engaged in collaborative research with colleagues at UWE into menopause, colleagues at Bournemouth and Coventry University into consensual non-monogamy, and colleagues at Anglia Ruskin University on media representations of genitalia.

She set up the Gender and Sexuality research cluster at St Mary's.

PhD Supervision

Chris is very interested in supervising PhDs in the area of romantic relationships and attraction.

She is has supervised six PhD students to completion.

Selected contributions to the public understanding of science:

  • Submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry “Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image” (26th June, 2020) Written evidence submitted by Dr Craig Owen, Dr Christine Campbell, Dr Nikki Brown, Dr Cleo Jaye, Dr Anne Majumdar, Dr Atefeh Omrani, Ms Joanne O’Prey.
  • Guest speaker on BBC 5live Stephen Nolan show (February 21st, 2020) The rough sex defence and BDSM
  • Interviewee for LRT (Lithuanian public service broadcaster) documentary project "Colors" by film-maker Elena Reimerytė (November 26th, 2019) Available Here
  • Featured in Nelson, S. C. (November 22nd, 2019). Grace Millane Murder: Should ‘Rough Sex’ Ever Be A Legal Defence In Court? Huffington Post. Available Here 
  • Featured in Abgarian, A. (February 16th, 2019) Read this before you enter into a threesome as a couple. Metro. Available Here
  • Guest on BBC 5live Drive show (April 9th, 2018). Drive looks in depth at polyamorous
  • Featured in Hollerson, W. (December 14th, 2017). Quite Bent. Die Welt. Available Here.
  • Featured in Fox, A. (2017, June 14th). Has this woman found the key to the perfect relationship? Stylist Magazine, Issue 371, 46-49.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Brown, N., Campbell, C., Owen, C., & Omrani, A. (2020). How do girls’ magazines talk about breasts? Feminism and Psychology 30(2), 206-222.
  • Campbell, C, & Clarke, M. (2019). The Worker-Researcher: Introducing a new interview dynamic. Qualitative Research in Psychology doi: 10.1080/14780887.2019.1644408
  • Hayfield, N., Campbell, C., & Reed, L. (2018). Misrecognition and managing marginalisation: Bisexual people’s experiences of bisexuality and relationships. Psychology and Sexuality, 9(3), 221-236. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2018.1470106.
  • Owen, C., & Campbell, C. (2018). How do men’s magazines talk about penises? Journal of Health Psychology, 23(2), 332-334. doi: 10.1177/1359105317745333
  • Grunt-Mejer, K., & Campbell, C. (2016). Around consensual nonmonogamies: Assessing attitudes toward nonexclusive relationships. Journal of Sex Research, 53, 45-53. doi:10.1080/00224499.2015.1010193

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Hayfield, N., Campbell, C. (2020). “She is less of a woman now”: Exploring students’ understandings of the menopause through story completion. British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, 10-12 July 2020. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, UK.
  • Owen, C., Brown, N., Campbell, C., & Omrani, A. (2019). Boobs are back: How girls' magazines talk about breasts. International Society of Critical Health Psychology, 11th Biannual conference, 15-17th July 2019. Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • Owen, C., & Campbell, C. (2017). Celebrity Swordsmen, Ice-Cream Dildos and Mutilated Manhood: The Production and Management of Phallic Ideals and Penis Fears in Men’s Online Magazines. International Society of Critical Health Psychology, 10th Biannual conference, 9-12 July 2017. Loughborough University, UK.
  • Jaye, C., & Campbell, C. (2016) Gay women's thoughts about casual sex. British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychology of Sexualities Section Innovations in Psychology and Sexualities Conference, 2nd December 2016, London
  • Campbell, C. (2016). Higher education as a vehicle for attitude change. Sex and The Academy, Ghent University, Belgium, 22-23 February 2016.

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