Dr Melinda Spencer is Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for Joint Honours Health Studies at the University of Northampton. Since 2013, Melinda has taught on psychology undergraduate modules and presently leads and teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Health Studies, Health Sciences, Sport and Psychology including Health and Society, Psychology in Practice, Health in Later Life, Integrated Perspectives on Disease, Physical Activity and Society, Epidemiology, Research Methods and Dissertations.
Prior to lecturing, Melinda worked on several research projects with the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Northampton. Melinda’s main research interests are family life transitions and relationships, familial carers, dancing for health and wellbeing, visual methods and experiential research methodologies. Her PhD research explored the lived experiences of becoming and being a young maternal grandmother using Interpretative phenomenological analysis. Melinda is part of a group of researchers at the University of Northampton working with Northamptonshire Sport to explore Hotspots of physical inactivity within the county and the impact and evaluation of social prescribing. She is also collaborating with researchers at the Open University and Diabetes UK on several research projects. Melinda is currently supervising two PhD students and a Professional Doctorate student at the University of Northampton.
- Doctor of Philosophy, July 2017, University of Northampton.
- BA (Hons) Psychology with Health Studies, June 2008, University of Northampton.
- Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.