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

  • Psychology 4: Final Year Dissertation supervision on any aspect of marginal experience and identity.
  • Psychology 4: Option course on Psychology of Counselling.
  • Psychology 4: Final Year Tutorials
  • Psychology 3: Mini-dissertation supervision e.g. British men's experiences of living alone in later life 

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc in Psychological Research: Programme Director
  • MSc Dissertation supervision in the method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
  • MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion): Course organiser for Social Psychology and Mental Health 

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. I use qualitative, experience-near methods to facilitate people's lived experiences and personal meanings. My current research explores issues around culture and ethnocentricity in relation to theory and practice. I have a special interest in cultural psychology and psychotherapy. I am interested in collaborating in research offering a phenomenological approach to any aspect of different or marginal experience, including race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

Current research interests

I am interested in how our personal histories, bodies, culture, and existential situation influence how we experience ourselves and other people, and how we interpret, avoid and express feeling and being. I use Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to conduct experience-near psychological research. My current interests include cultural psychology; phenomenological psychology and psychotherapy; phenomenology of alterity and minority experience.

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