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School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Sociology and Sexuality Studies
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

B.A. (Hons.), M.A. Ph.D.
Dr. Mel Duffy is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Sexuality Studies in the School of Nursing Psychotherapy & Community Health, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. She teaches courses in sociology and sexuality studies at both undergraduate and graduate level.  After completing her PhD in DCU in 2008, she has pursued an active research programme in qualitative research, with a particular focus on hermeneutic phenomenology.  Her work focusses on LGBTQI experiences of living their lives in the world they find themselves in, writing and presenting on: lesbian health and health care; coming out; relationship and sexuality education; disability; identity; residential care and experiences of health outcomes.   She holds a BA and an MA by research from National University of Ireland, Maynooth and PhD from Dublin City University.

Research interests

Research interests include (1) Sexuality research; (2) Experiences of LGBTQI across the lifespan (3) Methodologically the use of hermeneutical phenomenology to understand everyday life experiences; (4) LGBTQI health research  and the effects of health and illness on the individual’s participation in society. Inequalities in health and (5) Issues of inclusion and diversity in society.