Dr Clare Uytman (MA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol) is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology, Sociology and Education Division. She is also an Associate member of the Centre for Applied Social Science.

I have been at QMU since 2006 and am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with particular expertise in Social and Qualitative Psychology.

Previously I was employed in the role of Psychology Technician. While in this position I obtained my PhD with a thesis is entitled “Living with Limb Loss: Individuals’ and Prosthetists’ Perceptions of Amputation, Prosthesis Use and Rehabilitation”. This is available to view via QMU eTheses.

Previously I obtained an MSc Health Psychology from QMU in 2004 and an MA (hons) Psychology from University of Glasgow in 2003.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.
  • General Member of the Division of Health Psychology of the BPS.
  • General Member for the Qualitative Methods in Psychology section of the BPS.
  • Member of the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology.

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

My primary research focus is on individuals’ experience of limb loss and prosthesis use. My interests lie in the understanding of this experience held by individuals, as well as the impact that it may have on a variety of psycho-social outcomes such as personal and social identity, coping and adjustment.  On a wider level I am also interested in the psychology of disability and embodiment of assistive devices.  My current research also focuses on patient-practitioner communication within a clinical setting.  Finally I have further interest in body image and visible difference in both clinical and non-clinical populations.

Active research Interests:

  • Limb Loss, Prosthesis Use, Assistive Technology, Body Image, Rehabilitation, Embodiment, Disabled Identity, Phenomenology, Patient/Practitioner Communication, Patient Experience.

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative Research Methods, Phenomenology, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Participatory Action Research.

Other funding:


QMU WISeR Projects, Breeze, B., Johnson, K. and Uytman, C. (Joint PI). “Embedded Online Support: Psych-Soc Retention” (£9000)

QMU WISeR Projects, Darling, S., Uytman, C. and Brodie, Z. “Fresh Meet!" A student/ public engagement event designed to increase student engagement and outreach. (£500)



QMU Projects for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (PETL), Uytman, C. and Johnson, K. (Joint PI). “Don’t panic!” A Psych/Soc Student’s guide to surviving 4th year: A pilot project. (£500)

My primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of Social and Qualitative Psychology. I teach Social Psychology at first and second year undergraduate level with Qualitative Psychology in third year.

I also contribute to other modules throughout the undergraduate programme drawing on my specialist knowledge of Health Psychology, Phenomenology and Psychology of Disability.

I supervise undergraduate research projects particularly those investigating lived experience of health and illness and using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Awarded Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) status in 2016.