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Research Profile

  • Luke completed his BA(Hons) degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Northampton. He then continued to study for his MSc in Counselling Children and Young People, also at Northampton, where he began his clinical practice, volunteering at The Lowdown (a local charity providing free counselling to young people). He now specialises in working with developmental trauma at Broad Horizons. He has also volunteered as a youth leader for an LGBTQ+ youth group and has provided training for charities, schools and therapy services on supporting LGBTQ+ young people. Luke is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Stirling.

    Luke’s pronouns are he/they.

    Twitter: @LukeWrd @UoNCAMH

  • Luke is a tutor for the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and predominantly teaches at postgraduate level. He is module coordinator for a therapeutic skills module in the MSc CAMH programme, helping students put theory into practice. He also teaches undergraduate research methods. Luke won the university’s award for ‘Advancing Equality and Diversity’ in 2020.

  • Luke’s main research centres around his in-progress PhD, which focuses on non-binary youth and how their genders are regulated. This follows from his MSc research, which explored the everyday experiences of non-binary young people. He has also done a commentary on RuPaul’s Drag Race for a journal’s pop culture special edition. Currently, Luke is working with the MSc CAMH team on a ‘safe space’ in the classroom project, as well as with psychologists from Northamptonshire’s Gender Identity Clinic on a review of the literature around transgender people’s sexualities.

    Luke is a qualitative researcher, with experience in feminist relational discourse analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and thematic analysis. He is passionate about participatory and creative forms of research that focus on identities – particularly genders and sexualities.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Luke Ward’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.