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Barbara Duncan gained her first degree at the University of Strathclyde and her PhD from the University of Sheffield. A former nurse, Barbara has retained her interest in health related issues and is now a Chartered Health Psychologist. Her research interests focus on health related behaviour in relation to sexual health, the role of gender in health, and the application of qualitative methodology in understanding health related issues. Most recently, she has been involved in sexual health related research in offending populations. She has received research grants from Greater Glasgow Health Board, the Chief Scientist’s Office of the Scottish Government and the AERC, the results of which aim to inform policy and practice in sexual health delivery in Scotland. Formerly, she was a research associate at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow and a lecturer at the Dept. of Psychology, Strathclyde University. She is a recognized teacher at the University of Stirling.
Teaching and other responsibilities
Barbara is module leader for the Level Two module ‘Health Issues in Psychology’. She will also be co-module leader for the level 4 Module ‘Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology’ which starts running in September 2008. She contributes to several other modules. In addition, she has been invited on several occasions to teach qualitative methods both within and outside the University. She is currently involved in supervising five PhD students and is also Postgraduate Tutor in the Division of Psychology.
Duncan, B (2005) Exploring the role of gender in sexual health: heterosexual women’s experiences of sexually transmitted infection. Health Psychology Update 14(2): 19-26.
Flowers, P., Duncan, B. Knussen, C. (2003) Reappraising HIV testing; an exploration of the psychosocial costs and benefits associated with learning one’s HIV status in a purposive sample of Scottish gay men British Journal of Health Psychology 8: 179-194
Hart, G.J., Duncan, B., Fenton, K.A. (2002) Chlamydia screening and sexual health
Sexually Transmitted Infections 78: 396 – 397
Flowers, P. & Duncan, B. (2002) Gay men and sexual decision making Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 12: 230-236
Duncan, B. (2001) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and sexual health. Health Psychology Update 10 (4) 44-48
Flowers, P., Duncan, B., Knussen, C. (2001)Re-appraising HIV testing amongst Scottish gay men: the impact of new HIV treatments. Journal of Health Psychology 6: 665-678.
Scoular, A., Duncan, B., Hart, G. (2001) "That sort of place…where filthy men go:" A qualitative study of women's perceptions of Genitourinary Medicine Services. Sexually Transmitted Infections 77: 340-343.
Duncan, B., Hart, G. and Scoular, A. (2001) Screening and the construction of scepticism: the case of chlamydia. Health: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 5: 165-185.
Duncan, B., Hart, G., Scoular, A. & Bigrigg, A. (2001) Qualitative analysis of psychosocial impact of diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis: implications for screening. British Medical Journal. 322: p. 195-199.
Flowers, P., Duncan, B. and Frankis, J. (2000) Community, responsibility and culpability: HIV risk-management amongst Scottish gay men. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 10: p. 285-300.
Duncan, B. and Hart, G. (1999) Sexuality and health: the hidden costs of screening for Chlamydia trachomatis. British Medical Journal. 318: p. 931-9.
Duncan, B. and Hart, G. (1999) A social science perspective on screening for Chlamydia Trachomatis. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 75: p. 239-241.
Reports to Funding Bodies
Duncan, B., Williams, J., McIntosh, J., Johnman, C. (2007) Exploring understandings of sexual risk and sexual health among young people with antisocial behaviour problems. Report to Chief Scientist's Office, Scottish Government
Duncan, B., Hill, S., Flowers, P., Deanie, M., Johnman, C. (2003) Moving on: a report of views regarding the Glasgow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender centre Report to Glasgow LGBT Centre
Duncan, B., Morrison, S., Hart, G.J. (2002) Masculinity, health and sex: A qualitative study of attitudes to sexual health and sexual health provision among heterosexual men in Glasgow. Report to Sexual Health Implementation Group, Greater Glasgow Health Board)
Duncan, B. (2002) Barriers to service use: an exploration of heterosexual men's attitudes to sexual health and sexual health provision. Report of an Expert Seminar. Health Education Board for Scotland. Edinburgh p.49-54.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network: (2000)Management of Genital Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection: A National Clinical Guideline. SIGN Publication No 42, Sign Secretariat; Edinburgh. (Member of Guideline Development Group).
Recent Conference Presentations
Duncan, B. (2004) Gendered understandings of responsibility for sexual health: continuing inequalities in the twenty first century? BPS Scottish Branch Conference, Pitlochry, Scotland
McKenzie, E. & Duncan, B. (2004) A qualitative study of Scottish women’s experiences of myocardial infarction: implications for health promotion BPS Scottish Branch Conference, Pitlochry, Scotland
Galloway, J., Duncan, B., Shewan, D. (2004) Understanding Antisocial Behaviour by Adolescent Females: The Role of the Family The Second International Conference Towards a Safer Society, Edinburgh.
Flowers, P.; Duncan, B.; Knussen, C.; Frankis, J.; Church, S. (2003) HIV testing as a means of prevention: culture, health & sexuality ‘The psychology of unsafe sex: prevention -conscious and unconscious motivations’ HIV and Sexual Health Faculty, Division of Clinical Psychology, Sheffield
Duncan, B., & Flowers, P. (2002) Reflexivity, experiential phenomenology and discourse analysis: some reflections on IPA Paper presented at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Huddersfield Proceedings of the BPS, Vol.11, (2), 221, 2003.
Duncan, B. & Flowers, P. (2001) Exploring the impact of a new screening programme: contextualising the meaning of experiences Paper presented at the 3rd Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Conference, University College Northampton, England.
Duncan, B., Hart, G., Scoular, A. (2001) The psychological costs of a diagnosis of chlamydia: implications for screening Joint Conference between the Division of Health Psychology and the European Health Psychology Society, St. Andrews, Scotland, 4-7 September 2001. Proceedings of the BPS, Vol.11, (1), 27, 2003.
Duncan, B.,Hart, G.J. (2000) Men, women and sexual health policy; a self-fulfilling prophecy?. Paper presented at the 19th International Human Sciences Research Conference; Long Island, USA.