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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, 2021), which is now in its third edition.
I retired in 2019 but continue to write and research.
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
I have (co-)supervised the research of 13 PhD graduates and over 80 Practitioner Doctorate graduates.
Most recent PhD graduates:
As I am now retired, I am no longer accepting new PhD students.
Rothman, A. and Coyle, A. (2023) The clinical scope of Islamic psychotherapy : a grounded theory study. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 10(1), pp. 4-19. ISSN (print) 2326-4500
Goodman, Simon, Tafi, Vanessa and Coyle, Adrian (2022) Alternative 'Lives Matter' formulations in online discussions about Black Lives Matter : use, support and resistance. Discourse & Society, ISSN (print) 0957-9265 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Steffen, Edith Maria, Timotijevic, Lada and Coyle, Adrian (2020) A qualitative analysis of psychosocial needs and support impacts in families affected by young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) : the role of community and peer support. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19(8), pp. 681-690. ISSN (print) 1474-5151
Colliver, Ben and Coyle, Adrian (2020) 'Risk of sexual violence against women and girls' in the construction of 'gender-neutral toilets' : a discourse analysis of comments on YouTube videos. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 4(3), ISSN (print) 2398-6808
Héliot, YingFei, Gleibs, Ilka H., Coyle, Adrian, Rousseau, Denise M. and Rojon, Céline (2020) Religious identity in the workplace : a systematic review, research agenda, and practical implications. Human Resource Management, 59(2), pp. 153-173. ISSN (print) 0090-4848
Rothman, Abdallah and Coyle, Adrian (2020) Conceptualizing an Islamic psychotherapy : a grounded theory study. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 7(3), pp. 197-213. ISSN (print) 2326-4500
Fernandez, E and Coyle, Adrian (2019) Sensitive issues, complex categories, and sharing festivals : Malay Muslim students' perspectives on interfaith engagement in Malaysia. Political Psychology, 40(1), pp. 37-53. ISSN (print) 0162-895X
Rothman, Abdallah and Coyle, Adrian (2018) Toward a framework for Islamic psychology and psychotherapy : an Islamic model of the soul. Journal of Religion and Health, 57(5), pp. 1731-1744. ISSN (print) 0022-4197
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
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
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
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, 19(4), pp. 357-377. ISSN (print) 1364-2537
Whiteley, Charlotte, Coyle, Adrian and Gleeson, Kate (2017) An idiographic analysis of women's accounts of living with mental health conditions in Haredi Jewish communities. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 20(3), pp. 277-293. ISSN (print) 1367-4676
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Coyle, Adrian and Lochner, Jenny (2011) Religion, spirituality and therapeutic practice. Psychologist, 24(4), 264 - 266. ISSN (print) 0952-8229
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) "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
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
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
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.
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
Milton, M, Coyle, A and Legg, C (2005) Countertransference issues in psychotherapy with lesbian and gay clients. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health, 7(3), 181 - 197. ISSN (print) 1364-2537
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
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
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
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. (2021) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. 3rd ed. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. 485p. ISBN 9781529702101
Coyle, Adrian and Kitzinger, Celia, eds. (2002) Lesbian and gay psychology : new perspectives. Oxford, U.K. : British Psychological Society and Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 300p. ISBN 9781405102216
Coyle, Adrian (2021) Introduction to qualitative psychological research. In: Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian, (eds.) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. 3rd ed. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 11-34. ISBN 9781529702101
Coyle, Adrian (2021) Discourse analysis. In: Lyons, Evanthia and Coyle, Adrian, (eds.) Analysing qualitative data in psychology. 3rd ed. London, U.K. : Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 270-294. ISBN 9781529702101
Colliver, Ben, Coyle, Adrian and Silvestri, Marisa (2019) The 'online othering' of transgender people in relation to 'gender neutral toilets'. In: Lumsden, Karen and Harmer, Emily, (eds.) Online othering : exploring digital violence and discrimination on the web. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 215-237. (Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) ISBN 9783030126322
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, 2) 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, (3)) ISBN 9781621003502
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, A and Desombre, T (2001) Serving all the community? The views and preferences of lesbian and gay consumers of health care. In: Davies, HTO , Tavakoli, M and Malek, M, (eds.) 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. 2 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. 2 ISBN 9781856284301
Coyle, Adrian Gerard (1991) The construction of gay identity. (PhD thesis), University of Surrey, .