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I am interested in the way people make sense of the world around them, and in issues of health and illness in particular. I consider the ways in which this process of sense-making is socially shared and situated. I have researched understandings of mental health problems amongst different groups in particular, and have an interest in stigma, and the ways in which it can be tackled.
I spoke at the 2017 Network Showcase

Publications from Elements

Journal articles

2017 (Accepted for publication)

  • Foster, JLH., 2017 (Accepted for publication). Mental health campaigns and social representations theory: a consideration Papers on Social Representations, v. 26
  • 2017

  • Prince, ER., Andrews, SJ., Lamb, ME. and Foster, JLH., 2017. The construction of allegedly abused children’s narratives in Scottish criminal courts Psychology, Crime and Law,
  • Gammage, RJ. and Foster, JL., 2017. Leadership in community mutual support groups for mental health: A qualitative case study from the leaders' perspective Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, v. 27
  • Ebsworth, SJ. and Foster, JLH., 2017. Public perceptions of mental health professionals: stigma by association? J Ment Health, v. 26
  • 2016

  • Zadeh, S. and Foster, J., 2016. From ‘Virgin Births’ to ‘Octomom’: Representations of Single Motherhood via Sperm Donation in the UK News Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, v. 26
  • 2014

  • Chauhan, A. and Foster, J., 2014. Representations of Poverty in British Newspapers: A Case of 'Othering' the Threat? Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, v. 24
  • Foster, JLH., 2014. What can Social Psychologists Learn from Architecture? The Asylum as Example Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, v. 44
  • Toepfer, NF., Foster, JLH. and Wilz, G., 2014. 'The good mother and her clinging child': Patterns of anchoring in social representations of dementia caregiving Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, v. 24
  • 2013 (No publication date)

  • Rubinstein, H. and Foster, JLH., 2013 (No publication date). “I don’t know whether it is to do with age or to do with hormones and whether it is do with a stage in your life”: Making sense of menopause and the body Journal of Health Psychology, v. 18
  • 2011

  • Foster, JLH., 2011. Reflections on Bauer and Gaskell’s ‘Towards a Paradigm for Research in Social Representations’ Papers on Social Representations,
  • 2010

  • Foster, JLH., 2010. Perpetuating stigma?: Differences between advertisements for psychiatric and non-psychiatric medication in two professional journals J MENT HEALTH, v. 19
  • Foster, JLH., 2010. Differences between advertisements for psychiatric medication and non-psychiatric medication in professional journals Journal of Mental Health, v. 19
  • 2006

  • Foster, JLH., 2006. Media presentation of the mental health bill and representations of mental health problems J COMMUNITY APPL SOC, v. 16
  • 2003

  • Foster, JLH., 2003. Beyond otherness: Controllability and location in mental health service clients' representations of mental health problems J HEALTH PSYCHOL, v. 8
  • Foster, JLH., 2003. Representational projects and interacting forms of knowledge J THEOR SOC BEHAV, v. 33
  • Books


  • Foster, J., Sammut, G., Salvatore, S. and Ruggieri, R., 2017. The Yearbook of Idiographic Science: the application of research
  • 2007

  • Foster, JLH., 2007. Journeys through mental illness
  • Book chapters


  • Foster, JLH. and Flick, U., 2017. Social representations
  • 2015

  • Foster, JLH., 2015. Engaging with the views and needs of users of psychological services
  • Foster, JLH., Flick, U. and Caillaud, S., 2015. Researching social representatinos
  • 2014

  • Foster, JLH., 2014. Ethnography
  • 2008

  • Foster, JLH. and Flick, U., 2008. Social Representations
  • Conference proceedings

    2011 (No publication date)

  • Foster, JLH., 2011 (No publication date). Symposium E5 paper
  • 2011

  • Foster, JLH., 2011. ⌈Control versus chaos: differences in advertisements for non-psychiatric and psychiatric medication in professional journals.
  • 2010

  • Foster, JLH., 2010. Qualitative research into mental health service clients’ understanding of mental health problems: interaction between clients and professionals