Biography

I joined the School of Psychology as a lecturer in social and community psychology in October 2016, having previously worked part-time as a module assistant and seminar leader for the School. 
I completed both my undergraduate degree (with foundation year) and PhD at Keele University. My PhD was supervised by Prof Michael Murray and Dr Alex Lamont and examined by Prof Catherine Campbell and Prof Judith Sixsmith.
Between completing my PhD and re-joining Keele University, I worked as a research associate at the University of Liverpool.

Research and scholarship

As a social and community psychologist, my research interests are broadly around health promotion, inclusion, justice and equality. My interests fall into 3 strands: 1) community-based and participant-led health promotion, 2) understanding processes of social change and 3) the health promotion of vulnerable or marginalised groups. I’m interested in theoretically-driven research utilising feminist and critical social psychological theories to both promote change and understand the processes involved in action.

I’m experienced in qualitative document analysis, interviews, focus groups, community arts and photovoice as well as survey and experimental methods. I’m particularly interested in innovative and creative qualitative research methods, including document and video analysis, community arts, world café, future workshops and photovoice.
I welcome contact from potential PhD students interested in health, wellbeing and inclusion across the life-course or with marginalised communities.

Teaching

Year 1:

  • PSY-10018: Individuals in Society
  • PSY-10017: Cognitive and Biological Psychology
  • PSY-10015: Research Methods 1
  • PSY-10020: Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

Year 2:

  • PSY- 20013: Qualitative and Survey Research Methods

Year 3:

  • PSY- 30061: Final Year Project

MSc:

  • PSY- 40015: Dissertation
  • PSY- 40043: Advanced Study in Social and Community Psychology
  • PSY- 40036: Qualitative Research Methods
  • PSY- 40039: Advanced Research Skills and Design
  • Murray, M., & Wright Bevans, K. (2017). Methods for Community Research, Action and Change. In J. Brooks, & N. King (Eds.), Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Palgrave.
  • Murray, M., & Wright-Bevans, K. (2015). Social Engagement: Community. In S. Davidson & P. Rossall (Eds.), Improving later life. Vulnerability and resilience in older people. (pp. 22–24). London: AgeUK.
  • Sherman, S. M., Follows, H., Mushore, A. B. R., Hampson-Jones, K., & Wright-Bevans, K. (2015). Television advertisements create false memories for competitor brands. Journal of Applied Research In Memory and Cognition, 4(1), 1-7.
  • Jones, S. E., Fox, C., Gilman, H., James, L., Karic, T., Wright-Bevans, K., & Caines, V. (2013). ‘I’m being called names and I’m being hit’. Challenges of longitudinal research on bullying amongst 11–13-year-olds. Pastoral Care in Education, 31(4), 321-336.

Selected Publications

  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. 2020. Tensions in intergenerational practice guidance: intergroup contact versus community development. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life. doi> full text>
  • Wright Bevans K and Richards M. 2020. Using PAR to Promote Social Justice for Older People and People With Intellectual Disabilities. International Review of Qualitative Research, vol. 13(2), 219-232. doi> link> full text>
  • Lamont A, Murray M, Hale R, Wright-Bevans K. 2018. Singing in later life: The anatomy of a community choir. PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC, vol. 46(3), 424-439. link> doi> full text>
  • Murray M and Wright Bevans. 2017. Methods for Community Research, Action and Change. In Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Brooks J and King N (Eds.). Palgrave. full text>
  • Murray M and Wright Bevans. 2017. Methods for Community Research, Action and Change. In Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Brooks J and King N (Eds.). Palgrave. full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. 2020. Tensions in intergenerational practice guidance: intergroup contact versus community development. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life. doi> full text>
  • Wright Bevans K and Richards M. 2020. Using PAR to Promote Social Justice for Older People and People With Intellectual Disabilities. International Review of Qualitative Research, vol. 13(2), 219-232. doi> link> full text>
  • Lamont A, Murray M, Hale R, Wright-Bevans K. 2018. Singing in later life: The anatomy of a community choir. PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC, vol. 46(3), 424-439. link> doi> full text>
  • Sherman SM, Follows H, Mushore ABR, Hampson-Jones K, Wright-Bevans K. 2015. Television advertisements create false memories for competitor brands. JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN MEMORY AND COGNITION, vol. 4(1), 1-7. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. FORTHCOMING: ‘Breaking down barriers and bridging the gap’. Facilitators make sense of intergenerational practice. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. FORTHCOMING: Promoting wellbeing, social inclusion and community cohesion through an intergenerational community initiative. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Wright-Bevans K, Walker A, Vosper E. 2020. Why disadvantaged older adults engage in community consultation: A world cafe study. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 30(6), 593-602. link> doi> full text>

Chapters

  • Murray M and Wright Bevans. 2017. Methods for Community Research, Action and Change. In Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Brooks J and King N (Eds.). Palgrave. full text>
  • Murray M and Wright Bevans. 2017. Methods for Community Research, Action and Change. In Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Brooks J and King N (Eds.). Palgrave. full text>