Dr Lorena Georgiadou (Counselling and Psychotherapy Research New Researcher Award 2014)

Lecturer, Programme Director for MSc Counselling Studies

Background

Having obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, I moved to Scotland to continue my studies in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. In 2009 I was awarded an MSc in Counselling Studies with distinction from the University of Edinburgh (UoE). The following year I started my PhD in the same subject area, for which I secured a College of Humanities and Social Science Research Award. My thesis explored international counselling trainees’ experiences of beginning intercultural and interlinguistic practice. During my doctoral studies I worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Edinburgh, a Visiting Lecturer at Queen Margaret University and a Research Analyst for a market research company. Upon completion of my PhD I was employed as a postdoctoral researcher on two Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) projects at the UoE. In September 2014 I joined Edge Hill University as a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy while securing an Honorary Fellowship with the School of Health in Social Science, UoE. A year later I returned to the University of Edinburgh as Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, where I currently teach, supervise students and undertake research

Undergraduate teaching

Language and Communication in Health and Society (course organiser)

Postgraduate teaching

Between Counselling and Research 1

Between Counselling and Research 2

MSc Dissertations

 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

I supervise masters and doctoral projects that are broadly related to: 

  • Culture (e.g. cultural difference, international exeprience, intercultural practice, communication and engagement)
  • Language and self-expression (e.g. second-language use; bilingualism; impact of language use on counsellor and/or research practice; role of language in representation of experience)
  • Counsellor education (e.g. trainee experience in practice and training; personal and professional development; trainee support)
  • Higher Education (e.g. internationalisation of Higher Education; international student experience; study abroad experience; student support provisions)
  • Couselling practice and process (e.g. therapist and/or client experiences of different aspects of the therapeutic process) 

Methodologically, my expertise lies broadly in Phenomenology (e.g. heuristic inquiry, hermeneutic phenomenology; IPA; narrative) and Interview-based research, but I also have experience in supervising ethnographic and autoethnographic projects. I am increasingly becoming interested in digital technologies and their role in qualitative research. 

Current PhD students supervised

Barbara Erber (PhD) 

Yuqing Huang (PhD) 

Ying Liu (Professional Doctorate) 

Kayla Roden (Professional Doctorate)

Kelly Stewart (PhD)

Yu-Ying Wu (PhD)

 

 

Past PhD students supervised

Agne Bieliunaite (PhD)

Research summary

  • Internationalisation of Higher Education and professional training 
  • Second-language use and intercultural/interlinguistic communication and practice
  • Counsellor education and professional development
  • Qualitative methods, and in particular, hermeneutic phenomenology

Research activity

I have recently completed a collaborative project, funded by the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS), with Dr Alette Willis and Siobhan Canavan. The project was entitled “From Periphery to Core: Personal Tutoring in transition” and explored the role of the ‘Personal Tutor’ (now renamed Professional Development Mentor), a unique support provision for Counselling and Psychotherapy students on professional programmes at the University of Edinburgh. 

I am involved in an ongoing interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) and different schools within the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh to evaluate the ‘Third Space’, a pilot programme aiming to enhance students’ intercultural experiences and global citizenship skills. 

I have recently explored the use of digital tools, and particular blogging, as a way of developing an academic identity and making sense of perplexed experiences through narrative.

My recent research interests include belonging and the impact of Brexit on people's mental health and well-being.

 

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

I have recently completed a collaborative project, funded by the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS), with Dr Alette Willis and Siobhan Canavan. The project was entitled “From Periphery to Core: Personal Tutoring in transition” and explored the role of the ‘Personal Tutor’ (now renamed Professional Development Mentor), a unique support provision for Counselling and Psychotherapy students on professional programmes at the University of Edinburgh.

I am involved in an ongoing interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) and different schools within the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh to evaluate the ‘Third Space’, a pilot programme aiming to enhance students’ intercultural experiences and global citizenship skills. 

I am also exploring the use of digital tools, and particular blogging, as a way of developing an academic identity and making sense of perplexed experiences through narrative.

Recently I collaborated with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars programme at the University of Edinburgh to explore the mental health and wellbeing needs of global access students as they transition into University life. Click here to view the report from this UKCISA-funded project.

I am currently developing an interdisciplinary project on the impact of Brexit on the mental health and well-being of UK-based EU nationals.