- Sarah Golightley
- Social Work School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Sarah.Golightley [at] ed.ac.uk
- Research Interests
- Mad Studies, Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice, Therapeutic Communities, Boarding Schools, Young People in Care, Social Policy, LGBT, Domestic Abuse, Feminism, Intersectionality, Peer research, Peer Support, Homelessness, Narrative Inquiry, Disability, Disability Studies, Queer Studies, Trans Studies, Qualitative Research Methods, Critical Pedagogy
PROVISIONAL PHD TITLE
Therapeutic Boarding Schools in the USA: Narratives of Former Students
My PhD research aims to gain insight into the experiences, perspectives, and narratives of former therapeutic boarding school students. Therapeutic boarding schools are residential facilitates for teenagers in the USA who are considered to have had mental health or substance misuse problems. The main aspect of the research is in-depth interviews with former therapeutic boarding school students. Findings will contribute to improving social work practice and informing social policy. If you are interested in finding out more about the research, please see the project website: Therapeutic Boardings Schools Research Study.
Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh and Dr Sumeet Jain
PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES/COMMENTARIES
Golightley, S. (2019, forthcoming) It’s Maddening: Re-Conceptualizing Embodiments of Mental and Physical Distress. Disordering Social Inclusion, special issue of Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, edited by Jijian Voronka and Lucy Costa.
Tosh, J. and Golightley, S. (2016) 'The Caring Professions, Not So Caring?: An Analysis of Bullying and Emotional Distress in the Academy', in Burstow, B. (eds.) Psychiatry Interrogated: An Institutional Ethnography. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 143-160.
Billsborough, J., Currie, R., Gibson, S., Gillard, S., Golightley, S., Kotecha-Hazzard, R., Mesaric, A., Mohammed, S., Pinfold, V., Sweet, D., Thompson, R. and White, S. (2017) Evaluating the Side by Side peer support programme. London: St George's University of London and The McPin Foundation.
Golightley, S. (2016) 'Disabling Madness: Disrupting the mind-body divide', Asylum Magazine: The Magazine for a Democratic Psychiatry, Special Issue: Mad Studies Comes of Age (Part 1), 23(4), PCCS Books, Winter 2016.
Golightley, S. (2014) 'Demand homes not jails: queer homelessness is being criminalized', openDemocracy, 19 March.
Golightley, S. (2014) 'Why Campaign for LGBTQ Divorce?', The Occupied Times of London, 25 March.
Golightley, S. (2017) 'dlrow' & 'CV Template, Disability 2.0', in Alland, S., Barokka, K. & Sluman, D. (eds.) Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back. Rugby, UK: Nine Arches Press, pp. 77-81.
GUEST LECTURES / SEMINARS
March 2019- ‘Mad Studies and Service User / Survivor Led Research', for the course ‘Culture and Mental Health in a Global Perspective’. Masters course, University of Edinburgh.
March 2019- 'Disability and Feminism in a Global Context', for the course 'Gender, Marginality and Social Change'. Undergraduate course, University of Edinburgh.
February 2019- 'Disability, Mental Health and LGBT+ People', for the course 'Health, Ethics and Society'. Undergraduate MBChB medical course, University of Edinburgh.
March 2018- 'Social Work with LGBT+ People', for the course 'From Research into Practice: Landmarks in Social Work Research'. Undergraduate course, University of Edinburgh.
SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS
‘Ableism in the Curriculum’ Roundtable Discussion, Critical Interventions in Higher Education Series. London, UK, 16 February 2018, University of Westminster.
'Disabling Madness: Disrupting Mind Body Dichotomies', Disability Studies Conference. Lancaster, UK, 8 September 2016, University of Lancaster.
'Transforming Survival - Transgender People’s Access to Domestic Violence Refuges', Transgender Europe Conference. Budapest, Hungary, 3 May 2014, TGEU.
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
2017- 2019 Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives: Questions of Identity, Pedagogy and Violence in India and the UK -- a collaboration of feminist academics from the University of Edinburgh and Ambedkar University Delhi. Funded by the UK-India Educational Research Initiative.
2019- Edinburgh Mad Studies Reading Group-- I am a co-organiser of a reading and discussion group on Mad Studies. The group is open to academics, activists, and the general public. Please contact me if you would like to be added to the mailing list for this group, or if you have any questions.
Spring 2019- Creative Social Work and the Arts
Spring 2018- From Research into Practice: Landmarks in Social Work Research
2017- MScR Social Work - Distinction, University of Edinburgh
2013- MA Social Work - Distinction, University of Sussex
2009- BA Sociology (Minor Psychology), McGill University
2016- 2020 Economic Social Research Council Studentship, University of Edinburgh
Social Worker, Scottish Social Services Council