Dr Fiona Mercer

Dr Fiona Mercer

Associate Professor

BA, MSc, PhD

Biography
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Richmond The American International University in London. Currently teaching: Human Development; History of Childhood; Beginning Human Science Research and Health Psychology. Special research interests include: social networks and social capital; children and families; and qualitative methodologies – particularly Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. My background is mainly in social psychology. BA (Hons) in Psychology, MSc in Clinical Health Psychology and PhD in social psychology/social work.

Fiona qualified with a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2018. Her PhD research explored the impact of family centre attendance on parent’s social networks and social capital. The project utilised an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis which explored parents lived experiences and built upon previous research which highlighted the buffering effects which social networks and social capital had on poverty and inequality. Findings demonstrated the importance of identity as a navigational tool in intersubjective interaction, in addition to the importance of trust and reciprocity within meaningful social networks. Parents were recognised as being essential sources of support for each other and shared experience was highlighted as being important for decreasing both social isolation and experiential isolation.

Dr Mercer has also previously worked with looked after and accommodated children in Glasgow and taught within the Social Work department in Glasgow Caledonian University.

Awards

  • PhD Studentship (2015)
    Glasgow Caledonian University
    3 years of fully funded PhD research
    All academic fees paid and stipend provided
  • Travel Scholarship (2017)
    Santander
    Award of £1000 to attend the National Council on Family Relations conference (Orlando, USA)

International Conference Presentations

  • European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) Conference
    April 2017
    Aalborg, Denmark
  • International Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Conference
    May 2017
    Glasgow, Scotland