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Professor Adrian Coyle

Professor of Psychology


I am a Social Psychologist and my research and publications have principally addressed psychological issues in identity, religion and society, loss and bereavement, and sexualities. Much of this work has been framed in terms of social psychological approaches, theories and concepts. The vast majority of my research is qualitative: I have contributed to the promotion of qualitative research in British psychology and remain a keen advocate of its value in developing insightful and useful answers to important contemporary questions. I was co-editor of the award-winning book, Lesbian & Gay Psychology: New Perspectives (with Celia Kitzinger: BPS Blackwell, 2002), and of Analysing Qualitative Data in Psychology (with Evanthia Lyons: SAGE, 2007, 2016).

Areas of specialism

  • Identity
  • Religion and society
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Sexualities
  • Qualitative research methods

Courses taught



  • BA (Hons) (First Class) Psychology with Philosophy (University College Dublin, 1986)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Surrey, 1991)
  • MA (Distinction) Psychology of Religion (Heythrop College, University of London, 2010)
  • MA (Distinction) Theology (Heythrop College, University of London, 2014)

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Member of the European Association of Social Psychology

Chartered Psychologist


I have (co-)supervised the research of seven PhD graduates and over 80 Practitioner Doctorate graduates.

I am currently (co-)supervising eight PhD students:

  • Neus Beascoechea Seguí – 'British Muslim women's understandings, experiences and performances of power'
  • Helen Christie-Pike – 'The transition to parenthood, mental health, and emotion regulation: An attachment theory perspective'
  • Katharine Clifford – 'The process of resilience during transitions to secondary school among children with a visible difference'
  • Ben Colliver – 'The normalcy of hate: A critical exploration of the "everyday" and "mundane" reality of transphobic hate crime'
  • Alice Herron (University of Surrey) – 'Atheists and mystical-type experiences: A grounded theory'
  • Becky Kane – 'A social psychological perspective on constructions of British national identity among White working class groups in the UK'
  • Meghan Rolfe – 'Resilience as a dynamic, contextualized process among lesbian women'
  • Eric Rothman – 'Toward an Islamic psychotherapy: Building psychological foundations'


Number of items: 47.


Steffen, Edith and Coyle, Adrian (2017) 'I thought they should know...that daddy is not completely gone' : a case study of sense-of-presence experiences in bereavement and family meaning-making. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 74(4), pp. 363-385. ISSN (print) 0030-2228

Potter, Kate and Coyle, Adrian (2017) Psychotherapeutic practitioners' views of the efficacy of mindfulness for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : a qualitative key informant analysis. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 19(2), pp. 124-140. ISSN (print) 1364-2537

Hadjiosif, Miltiades and Coyle, Adrian (2017) 'That boy needs therapy' : constructions of psychotherapy in popular song lyrics. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, ISSN (print) 1364-2537 (In Press)

Vandrevala, Tushna, Coyle, Adrian, Walker, Victoria, Torres, Joshelyn Cabrera, Ordona, Izobel and Rahman, Panna (2017) 'A good method of quitting smoking' or 'just an alternative to smoking'? Comparative evaluations of e-cigarette and traditional cigarette usage by dual users. Health Psychology Open, 4(1), ISSN (online) 2055-1029

Whiteley, C., Coyle, A. and Gleeson, K. (2017) An idiographic analysis of women's accounts of living with mental health conditions in Haredi Jewish communities. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, ISSN (print) 1367-4676 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Slater, Roy and Coyle, Adrian (2017) Time, space, power and the liminal transformation of the psychologised "self". Theory & Psychology, 27(3), pp. 369-388. ISSN (print) 0959-3543

Shaw, Bryony, Coyle, Adrian, Gatersleben, Birgitta and Ungar, Simon (2015) Exploring nature experiences of people with visual impairments = Vivir la naturaleza con una discapacidad visual. Psyecology, 6(3), pp. 287-327. ISSN (print) 2171-1976

Kassianos, A.P., Coyle, A. and Raats, M.M. (2015) Perceived influences on post-diagnostic dietary change among a group of men with prostate cancer. European Journal Of Cancer Care, 24(6), pp. 818-826. ISSN (print) 0961-5423

Dewe, Michaela, Ogden, Jane and Coyle, Adrian (2015) The cigarette box as an advertising vehicle in the UK : a case for plain packaging. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(7), pp. 954-962. ISSN (print) 1359-1053

Lopes, Paulo Nuno, Coyle, Adrian and Gallie, Jack (2014) Emotion and self-regulation in deliberate personal change : a case study analysis. Psicologia: Revista da Associacao Portuguesa de Psicologia, 28(1), 19 - 31. ISSN (print) 2183-2471

May, Katherine, Strauss, Clara, Coyle, Adrian and Hayward, Mark (2014) Person-based cognitive therapy groups for distressing voices: A thematic analysis of participant experiences of the therapy. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 6(1), 16 - 26. ISSN (print) 1752-2439

Dewe, Michaela and Coyle, Adrian (2014) Reflections on a study of responses to research on smoking: a pragmatic, pluralist variation on a qualitative psychological theme. Review of Social Studies: Methodological Choices and Challenges, 1(1), pp. 21-36. ISSN (print) 205-448X

Karlsen, May Lene, Coyle, Adrian and Williams, Emma (2014) "They never listen" : towards a grounded theory of the role played by trusted adults in the spiritual lives of children. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17(3), 297 - 312. ISSN (print) 1367-4676

Jaspal, Rusi and Coyle, Adrian (2014) Threat, victimhood, and peace : debating the 2011 Palestinian UN state membership bid. Digest of Middle East Studies, 23(1), 190 - 214. ISSN (print) 1060-4367

Slater, Rory and Coyle, Adrian (2014) The governing of the self/the self-governing self : multi-rater/source feedback and practices 1940-2011. Theory & Psychology, 24(2), 233 - 255. ISSN (print) 0959-3543

Coyle, Adrian (2012) The relationship between Adomnan of Iona's ' Life of St Columba ' and Celtic Christianity/spirituality. Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 2(1), pp. 77-90. ISSN (print) 2044-0243

Coyle, Adrian (2011) Critical responses to faith development theory : a useful agenda for change? Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv für Religionspsychologie, 33(3), 281 - 298. ISSN (print) 0084-6724

Coyle, Adrian and Lochner, Jenny (2011) Religion, spirituality and therapeutic practice. Psychologist, 24(4), 264 - 266. ISSN (print) 0952-8229

Steffen, Edith and Coyle, Adrian (2011) Sense of presence experiences and meaning-making in bereavement : a qualitative analysis. Death Studies, 35(7), 579 - 609. ISSN (print) 0748-1187

Spiliotis, Dimitri, Brown, Dora and Coyle, Adrian (2011) The psychotherapeutic tales of five gay men in Greece:. Psychology of Sexualities Reveiw, 2(1), 25 - 40. ISSN (print) 2047-1467

Coyle, Adrian and Lyons, Evanthia (2011) The social psychology of religion : current research themes. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 21(6), 461 - 467. ISSN (print) 1052-9284

Jaspal, Rusi and Coyle, Adrian (2010) "Arabic is the language of the Muslims - that's how it was supposed to be" : exploring language and religious identity through reflective accounts from young British-born South Asians. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 13(1), 17 - 36. ISSN (print) 1367-4676

Steffen, Edith and Coyle, Adrian (2010) Can " sense of presence " experiences in bereavement be conceptualised as spiritual phenomena? Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 13(3), 273 - 291. ISSN (print) 1367-4676

Shepperd, Dan, Coyle, Adrian and Hegarty, Peter (2010) Discourses of friendship between heterosexual women and gay men : mythical norms and an absence of desire. Feminism & Psychology, 20(2), 205 - 224. ISSN (print) 0959-3535

Jaspal, Rusi and Coyle, Adrian (2010) ' My language, my people ' : language and ethnic identity among British-born South Asians. South Asian Diaspora, 2(2), 201 - 218. ISSN (print) 1943-8192

Jaspal, Rusi and Coyle, Adrian (2009) Language and perceptions of identity threat. Psychology & Society, 2(2), 150 - 167. ISSN (online) 2041-5893

Jaspal, Rusi and Coyle, Adrian (2009) Reconciling social psychology and sociolinguistics can have some benefits : language and identity among second generation British Asians. Social Psychological Review, 11(2), 3 - 14.

Jackson, Joanna and Coyle, Adrian (2009) The ethical challenge of working with spiritual difference: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of practitioners' accounts. Counselling Psychology Review, 24(3&4), 86 - 99. ISSN (print) 1757-2142

Coyle, Adrian (2008) Qualitative methods and 'the (partly) ineffable' in psychological research on religion and spirituality. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5(1), 56 - 67. ISSN (print) 1478-0887

Bowskill, Matt, Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian (2007) The rhetoric of acculturation : when integration means assimilation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46(4), 793 - 813. ISSN (print) 0144-6665

Walton, Chris, Coyle, Adrian and Lyons, Evanthia (2004) Death and football: an analysis of men's talk about emotions. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43(3), 401 - 416. ISSN (print) 0144-6665

Osborne, James and Coyle, Adrian (2002) Can parental responses to adult children with schizophrenia be conceptualized in terms of loss and grief? A case study analysis. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 15(4), pp. 307-323. ISSN (print) 0951-5070

Knudson, Benjamin and Coyle, Adrian (2002) Parents' experiences of caring for sons and daughters with schizophrenia: a qualitative analysis of coping. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 5(2), pp. 169-183. ISSN (print) 1364-2537

Riggs, Esther H. and Coyle, Adrian (2002) Young people's accounts of homelessness: a case study analysis of psychological well-being and identity. Counselling Psychology Review, 17(3), pp. 5-15. ISSN (print) 1757-2142

Knudson, Benjamin and Coyle, Adrian (2002) The experience of hearing voices. Existential Analysis, 13, pp. 117-134. ISSN (print) 1752-5616

Coyle, Adrian and Rafalin, Deborah (2001) Jewish gay men's accounts of negotiating cultural, religious, and sexual identity : a qualitative study. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 12(4), pp. 21-48. ISSN (print) 0890-7064


Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian, eds. (2007) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. 275p. ISBN 9781412907828

Book Section

Xenaki, Maria and Coyle, Adrian (2014) Grieving alone? Towards an understanding of the experience of bereaved single parents : an interpretative phenomenological analysis. In: Rotar, Marius , Teodorescu, Adriana and Rotar, Corina, (eds.) Dying and death in 18th-21st century Europe. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 396 - 423. (Dying and Death Studies) ISBN 9781443855471

Coyle, Adrian and Murtagh, Niamh (2014) Qualitative approaches to research using identity process theory. In: Jaspal, Rusi, (ed.) Identity process theory : identity, social action and social change. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 41 - 64. ISBN 9781107022706

Steffen, Edith and Coyle, Adrian (2012) ' Sense of presence ' experiences in bereavement and their relationship to mental health : a critical examination of a continuing controversy. In: Murray, Craig, (ed.) Mental health and anomalous experience. Hauppauge, U.S. : Nova Science Publishers. pp. 33 - 56. (Psychology Research Progress, no. 3) ISBN 9781621003502

Craven, Mark and Coyle, Adrian (2007) Counselling psychologists' talk about 'psychopathology' and diagnostic categories : a reflective account of a discourse analytic study. In: Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian, (eds.) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 235 - 247. ISBN 9781412907828

Coyle, Adrian (2007) Discourse analysis. In: Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian, (eds.) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 98-116. ISBN 9781412907828

Coyle, Adrian (2007) Introduction to qualitative psychological research. In: Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian, (eds.) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 9-29. ISBN 9781412907828

Walton, Chris, Coyle, Adrian and Lyons, Evanthia (2003) 'There you are man': men's use of emotion discourses and their negotiation of emotional subject positions. In: Harre, Rom and Moghaddam, Fathali, (eds.) The self and others : positioning individuals and groups in personal, political, and cultural contexts. Westport, U.S. : Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 45-60. ISBN 0275976246

Poria, Y, Coyle, Adrian and Desombre, T (2001) Serving all the community? The views and preferences of lesbian and gay consumers of health care. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Quality in health care: Strategic issues in health care management. Aldershot, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 184 - 197.

Daniels, M. and Coyle, A. (1993) 'Health dividends' : the use of co-operative inquiry as a health promotion intervention with a group of unemployed women. In: Trent, Dennis R. and Reed, Colin, (eds.) Promotion of Mental Health. Aldershot, U.K. : Avebury Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 207 - 220. ISBN 9781856284301

Coyle, A. and Daniels, M. (1993) Psychological well-being and gay identity : some suggestions for promoting mental health among gay men. In: Trent, Dennis R. and Reed, Colin, (eds.) Promotion of Mental Health 1992. Aldershot, U.K. : Avebury Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 189 - 206. ISBN 9781856284301

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