Professor Katrina Roen
Professor of Sociology
Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Too young to know? Assumptions about children in healthcare contexts
8th June 2021
Theoretical and methodological investments
My research centrally concerns health and well-being, youth identities, sexuality and gender. I draw from critical psychology, sociology, interdisciplinary health research, youth studies, and gender studies, engaging with concepts of discourse, embodiment, and subjectivity. My work tends to be qualitative, with an emphasis on methodological approaches that enable analysis of the relationships between the individual level (experience, language, subjectivity) and the socio-cultural level (discourse, power relations, socio-political contexts). I am centrally involved in two substantive areas of research:
i) Well-being, gender identity and the sexed body
I do research concerning the health care and psycho-social well-being of intersex children and youth, i.e., those regarded medically as having a ‘disorder of sexual development’.
ii) Youth cultures, emotion, and digital youth
I also done research concerning youth, suicide attempting, and self-harming and much of this work concerns LGBTIQ youth. This has led to research that focuses on affect, well-being, and digital cultures.
Lundberg, T., Roen, K., Kraft, C., & Hegarty, P. (2021). How young people talk about their variations in sex characteristics: making the topic of intersex talkable via sex education. Sex Education, 1-16. doi:10.1080/14681811.2021.1911796
Roen, K., & Lundberg, T. (2020). Intersex mental health. In E. D. Rothblum (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health.
Hegarty, P., Prandelli, M., Lundberg, T., Liao, L. M., Creighton, S., & Roen, K. (2020). Drawing the line between essential and nonessential interventions on intersex characteristics with European health care professionals. Review of General Psychology. doi:10.1177/1089268020963622
Liao, L. M., & Roen, K. (2019). The role of psychologists in multi-disciplinary teams for intersex/diverse sex development: interviews with British and Swedish clinical specialists. Psychology and Sexuality. doi:10.1080/19419899.2019.1689158
Find more research publications by Katrina Roen
Gender; Health; Psychology; Social Science Research; Sociology; Women and Gender Studies; Youth
Critical psychology, Sexuality and gender studies, Intersex, Transgender, Queer research, Embodiment, Emotional well-being, Qualitative and digital research methods
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