Dr Allan Tyler
Lecturer in Psychology
Telephone:020 7815 5727
School/Division:Applied Sciences / Psychology
Dr Allan Tyler is a Lecturer in the Division of Psychology. His research and teaching focus on qualitative research methodologies, and radiate through social psychology, mental health, gender-sex, communication, and human ecologies. He is especially interested in innovation and rigour in qualitative data collection and analysis, including walking interviews, semiotic analysis of visual images, applications of queer theory, and disruptive use of narrative. Allan is an advocate for co-production and community participation in teaching and research.
Allan is a member of the Research Groups for Lived Experience of Distress (LEOD), Psychology and Pedagogy Research (PaPR), and the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research (CABR). Before joining the Psychology Division as a lecturer, Allan worked researching contexts of street drinking in London and testing e-cigarettes to help people accessing homeless services to quit smoking. He was Visiting Lecturer at Birkbeck College - University of London, University of East London, and LSBU.
Allan’s PhD research explored identities, representations, and behaviours of men who sell sex to men through magazine ads and social media. He was an academic advisor for PACE Health, a mental health charity for LGBTQ people in London, from 2010 to 2015 and co-author of the RaRE Report into LGBT mental health in England. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Oral History Society.
- Exploring Real World Psychology
- Introducing Real World Psychology
- Psychological Research Methods 2
- Psychology of Mental Health and Distress
Dr Tyler uses established and innovative methods for trans-disciplinary data collection and analysis with marginalised (sometimes ‘hard to reach’) populations.
His PhD research with men who sell sex to men through magazine ads and social media took a non-pathologising, psycho-social approach to intersections of sex, gender, labour, and scarcity. He is critical of identity typologies in psycho-social models of sex work.
From 2010 to 2015, Allan was an academic advisor for PACE Health, a mental health charity for LGBTQ people in London, and co-author of the Risk and Resiliency Explored (RaRE) Report into LGBT mental health in England.
With colleagues in the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research (CABR), Allan designed and delivered innovative interventions to capture detailed ecological data about addiction and mental health in contexts of street drinking, smoking, and homelessness.
His current research is deconstructing discursive and narrative patterns in data collected from interviews, focus groups, ethnographies, and action-research.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Oral History Society