I am an applied linguist and qualitative researcher with an interest in health discourse and media technologies. Prior to taking up my current position as Assistant Professor in Discourse Analysis I was a research associate on the ESRC-funded project Chronic illness and online networking: expectations, assumptions, and everyday realities. Led by Nelya Koteyko (Queen Mary) and Barrie Gunter (Leicester), this study explored the impacts of social networking sites (SNSs) on the self-management practices of individuals with chronic health problems, and particularly diabetes. In doing so, it considered the professional and policy arguments employed to justify the use of social media technologies in healthcare as well as the situated use of SNSs by diabetes patients seeking to manage their conditions. This project was followed by a brief spell at the University of Bristol, working with Talia Isaacs (now UCL) on the 'Fostering cross-cultural communication' project. This project involved examining rates of recruitment of ethnic minority participants to trials of telehealth interventions for type 2 diabetes and the role of language in promoting and restricting ethnic minority participation in clinical research.
I have also worked previously at Nottingham, having both completed my PhD here and worked as a teaching associate in the School of English in 2013. My doctoral thesis examined contemporary discourses of mental health conditions in the language of lay patients and practicing clinicians. Specifically, I employed methods from corpus linguistics and discourse analysis to consider discussions of anorexia and depression held in web-based patient communities and also in face-to-face meetings of primary care physicians. This illuminated areas of convergence and potential dissonance in lay and professional understandings of these problematic conditions and the ramifications for these upon clinical encounters. Central themes in the analysis included medicalisation, the discussion of (non-)psychological treatments and the verbal negotiation of identity in the face of psychological distress.
I teach across the School's undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics curricula. My teaching is broadly concerned with the analysis of spoken and written language in a range of contexts and reflects… read more
ELVIRA PEREZ VALLEJOS, ANSGAR KOENE, CHRISTOPHER JAMES CARTER, DANIEL HUNT, CHRISTOPHER WOODARD, LACHLAN URQUHART, AISLINN BERGIN and RAMONA STATACHE, 2017. Accessing Online Data for Youth Mental Health Research: Meeting the Ethical Challenges Philosophy and Technology. 1-24
TALIA ISAACS, DANIEL HUNT, DANIELLE WARD, LEILA ROOSEHNAS and LOUISA EDWARDS, 2016. The Inclusion of Ethnic Minority Patients and the Role of Language in Telehealth Trials for Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review Journal of Medical Internet Research. 18(9), e256
In 2017-18 I am Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of English and contribute to School UCAS visit days.
Since autumn 2016 I have also been the external examiner for the University of Birmingham's MA Applied Linguistics and MA TESOL distance learning programmes.
I teach across the School's undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics curricula. My teaching is broadly concerned with the analysis of spoken and written language in a range of contexts and reflects my interests in professional, digital and health communication. In addition to supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, this year I convene and teach across the following modules:
Academic Community (Q31401)
Language and Context (Q31103)
Language in Society (Q32110)
Discourses of Health and Work (Q33DHW)
Discourse Analysis I (Q34D57)
Discourse Analysis II (Q34D58)
Research Methods: Corpus Linguistics (Q34D81)
Research Methods in Corpus Linguistics (Q34187)
I have also previously convened and/or taught on:
Discourse and Society (Q32104)