Billy Lee


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S40, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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I am British-born Chinese, my hometown is Colchester in Essex and I also grew up in Lancashire and the North East of England. After a first degree and DPhil from the University of Oxford I lived and worked briefly in London and Reading, before moving to Edinburgh to lecture in Psychology. I have been a visiting scholar to Kurume University, Japan and Peking University, China.

Undergraduate teaching

Dissertation and Mini-dissertation: Various topics using IPA 

Final Honours Tutorials: Advanced topics in Psychology

Third Year Honours: Qualitative methods (IPA)

First Year Tutorials: Introductory topics

Postgraduate teaching

Social Psychology and Mental Heath (MSc) Course Organiser

Psychological Research Skills (MSc) Course Organiser

Qualitative Methodolgies in Psychology (MSc): Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I offer supervision in phenomenological (experience-near) interviewing methods and analysis. I welcome enquiries on any aspect of the psychology of difference.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Phenomenology of marginal and special life experience especially in relation to mental health and wellbeing. I use qualitative, experience-near methods to facilitate people's lived experiences and personal meanings. My current research explores issues around gender, culture and ethnocentricity in theory and practice of the talking cure.

I am interested in collaborating in research using a phenomenological approach to explore aspects of marginal and different experience including race, culture, sexuality, male psychology and men's development.

Current research interests

My main research interest is phenomenological psychology, in particular the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to explore personal identity and experience. I have recently been working on men's mental health and wellbeing in relation to the talking therapies.

Project activity

Book Series Co-editor: Language, Discourse and Mental Health (University of Exeter Press)

Past project grants

Lee, B., Widdicombe, S., Bondi, L. & Prior, S. Development of Listening Skills. Development Trust Research Fund. 2007-2008. £3,400
Lee, B. Exploring the psychology of perception and impression formation in Japanese and British cultures. Daiwa Foundation Small Project Grant. 2002-2003. £1,500.
Lee, B. Imagery and visual memory. Nuffield Award to Newly Appointed Science Lecturers. 1997-1999. £3,500