Irish Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Colloquium 2018

20 November 2018

IPA Ireland hosted their inaugural Irish Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Colloquium at DIT College of Business, Aungier Street on Saturday 17th November 2018, co-chaired by Dr. Serge Basini (DIT) and Dr. Martina Carroll (UCD)

A diverse range of national and international presenters from the fields of Medicine, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Organisational Science, Community Policy, International Development, Nursing and Educational Psychology gathered together to share their insights. This was a rare occasion for the community of IPA researchers to open up a conversation about IPA and an opportunity to map out the current state of IPA research. IPA

IPA is an experiential qualitative research approach, which has its theoretical origins in phenomenology and hermeneutics. IPA, as one of several approaches to qualitative, phenomenological psychology is distinctive because of its combination of psychological interpretative, and idiographic components. IPA is contextualized within the existent debates in social psychology, between social cognition and discourse analysis. Early approaches argued coherently the case for a role for PA within health psychology especially within patient's conception of chronic illness such as renal failure. IPA is rooted, not in an attempt to generate an objective statement of a participant’s life world experiences, but in a deep concern with an individual’s perceptions, and personalized accounts of objects or events in this life world which are given existence itself through their narrative.

IPA Ireland was originally set up as a research support group for graduate students undertaking social science or psychological qualitative research using the IPA methodology. However, these discussions were felt relevant to all qualitative research that dialogues with the scientific paradigm. They are also important topics for the general public, to open up a wider conversation about the usefulness of academic research. 


Presentations at the IPA Colloquium 17 Nov 2018

Dr. Serge Basini, Senior Lecturer in DIT College of Business- ''Using IPA as Paradigm Development in Organisational Science''

Niamh Imbusch, lecturer with the DIT College of Business, Niamh is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing at Lancaster University-''Defending the decision to use IPA to explore the experiences of mindful line managers.'' 

Julie Longson, Teaching Fellow/PhD student - Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery- ''Exploring childhood experiences of WW2 and its impact on mental health across the life course.''

Dr. Leonard McCammon, University of Ulster, Institute of Nursing and Health Research ''What IPA as my research approach did for me.''

Joan Murphy, nurse lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Tralee- ''The experience of hope in mental health recovery''

Geri McLoughlin, University Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC, Cork- ''Managing data - moving from the descriptive to the Interpretative in IPA.''

Dr. Martina Carroll, Lecturer in Adult Education, University College Dublin - ''Using IPA with Socially Engaged Arts.''

Brian McGann, Newpark College, Dublin, ''Experiences of Autism'' 

Emma Mathias- PhD Candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe), UCD, and Assistant Lecturer in Applied Psychology in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)-''IPA as a methodology for understanding lived experiences of mental illness in Ghana.'


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