Dr Alison Fixsen

Senior Lecturer

DepartmentSocial Sciences

Research outputs

Fragile minds, porous selves: Shining a light on autoethnography of mental illness
Fixsen, Alison 2021. Fragile minds, porous selves: Shining a light on autoethnography of mental illness. Qualitative Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/14733250211046657

Weathering the storm: A qualitative study of social prescribing in urban and rural Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic
Fixsen, Alison, Barrett, Simon and Simonovich, Michal 2021. Weathering the storm: A qualitative study of social prescribing in urban and rural Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAGE Open Medicine . https://doi.org/10.1177/20503121211029187

“Communitas in Crisis”: An Autoethnography of Psychosis Under Lockdown
Fixsen, Alison 2021. “Communitas in Crisis”: An Autoethnography of Psychosis Under Lockdown. Qualitative Health Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497323211025247

How men step back – and recover – from suicide attempts: A relational and gendered account
Ridge, Damien T., Smith, Hannah, Fixsen, Alison, Broom, A. and Oliffe, J. 2020. How men step back – and recover – from suicide attempts: A relational and gendered account. Sociology of Health & Illness. 43 (1), pp. 238-252. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13216

What are the key features of Orthorexia Nervosa and influences on its development? A qualitative investigation?
Cheshire, A., Berry, M. and Fixsen, Alison 2020. What are the key features of Orthorexia Nervosa and influences on its development? A qualitative investigation? Appetite. 155 104798. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2020.104798

Applying critical systems thinking to social prescribing: a relational model of stakeholder “buy-in”
Fixsen, Alison, Seers, H. and Polley, M.J. 2020. Applying critical systems thinking to social prescribing: a relational model of stakeholder “buy-in”. BMC Health Services Research. 20 (80) 580. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05443-8

The Social Construction of a Concept- Orthorexia Nervosa: Morality Narratives and Psycho-politics
Fixsen, Alison, Cheshire, A. and Berry, M. 2020. The Social Construction of a Concept- Orthorexia Nervosa: Morality Narratives and Psycho-politics. Qualitative Health Research. 30 (7), pp. 1101-1113. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320911364

What does successful social prescribing look like? Mapping meaningful outcomes
Polley, M.J., Whiteside, J., Elnaschie, S. and Fixsen, Alison 2020. What does successful social prescribing look like? Mapping meaningful outcomes. London University of Westminster.

‘Momma bear wants to protect’: Vicarious parenting in practitioners working with disturbed and traumatised children
Fixsen, Alison, Ridge, Damien T. and Evans, Carys 2020. ‘Momma bear wants to protect’: Vicarious parenting in practitioners working with disturbed and traumatised children. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 20 (4), pp. 680-688. https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12285

Social prescribing for stress related disorders and brain health
Fixsen, Alison and Polley, M.J. 2019. Social prescribing for stress related disorders and brain health. International Review of Neurobiology. 152.

Evaluation Report of the Social Prescribing Demonstrator Site in Shropshire – Final Report
Polley, M.J., Seers, H. and Fixsen, Alison 2019. Evaluation Report of the Social Prescribing Demonstrator Site in Shropshire – Final Report.

Shades of communitas: a study of soft skills programs
Fixsen, Alison and Ridge, Damien T. 2019. Shades of communitas: a study of soft skills programs. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 48 (4), pp. 510-537. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241618792075

Homeopathy in the age of antimicrobial resistance: Is it a viable treatment for upper respiratory tract infections?
Fixsen, Alison 2018. Homeopathy in the age of antimicrobial resistance: Is it a viable treatment for upper respiratory tract infections? Homeopathy. 107 (2), pp. 99-114. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0037-1621745

Self-care and entrepreneurism: An ethnography of soft skills development for higher education staff
Fixsen, Alison, Cranfield, S. and Ridge, Damien T. 2018. Self-care and entrepreneurism: An ethnography of soft skills development for higher education staff. Studies in Continuing Education. 40 (2), pp. 181-197. https://doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2017.1418308

HRI Malta 2017—Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy: HRI’s Third International Research Conference in Malta
Mosley, A.J., Roberts, E.R., Partington, H., Gaertner, K., Fisher, P., Lex Rutten, A.L.B., Mathie, R.T., Cartwright, S.J., Fixsen, Alison, Kokornaczyk, M.O., Sokol, A.M. and Tournier, A.L. 2018. HRI Malta 2017—Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy: HRI’s Third International Research Conference in Malta. Homeopathy. 107 (1), pp. 50-54 107. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0037-1609018

Mixing work with therapy: a work based autoethnography
Fixsen, Alison 2017. Mixing work with therapy: a work based autoethnography. Work Based Learning e-Journal International. 7 (1), pp. 40-63.

Stories of Hell and Healing: Internet Users’ Construction of Benzodiazepine Distress and Withdrawal
Fixsen, Alison and Ridge, Damien T. 2017. Stories of Hell and Healing: Internet Users’ Construction of Benzodiazepine Distress and Withdrawal. Qualitative Health Research. 27 (13), pp. 2030-2041. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732317728053

Should homeopathy be considered as part of a treatment strategy for otitis media with effusion in children?
Fixsen, Alison 2013. Should homeopathy be considered as part of a treatment strategy for otitis media with effusion in children? Homeopathy. 102 (2), pp. 145-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.homp.2013.01.004.004.

Feeling Our Way: An ethnographic exploration of university staff experiences of ‘soft skills’ learning and development programmes
Fixsen, Alison 2017. Feeling Our Way: An ethnographic exploration of university staff experiences of ‘soft skills’ learning and development programmes. Prof Doc Thesis University of Westminster Leadership and Professional Development

Interaction Rituals and Jumbled Emotions Among “Relative Strangers”: Simulated Patient Work on a Trainee Complementary Therapy Practitioner Program
Fixsen, Alison, Ridge, Damien T., Kirkpatrick, S. and Foot, D. 2015. Interaction Rituals and Jumbled Emotions Among “Relative Strangers”: Simulated Patient Work on a Trainee Complementary Therapy Practitioner Program . Sage Open. pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244015595090

“I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning”: An Autoethnographical Exploration of Biographical Disruption and Reconstruction During Recovery From Prescribed Benzodiazepine Use
Fixsen, Alison 2015. “I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning”: An Autoethnographical Exploration of Biographical Disruption and Reconstruction During Recovery From Prescribed Benzodiazepine Use . Qualitative Health Research. 26 (4), pp. 466-481. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732315576496

Performance, emotion work, and transition: challenging experiences of complementary therapy student practitioners commencing clinical practice
Fixsen, Alison and Ridge, Damien T. 2012. Performance, emotion work, and transition: challenging experiences of complementary therapy student practitioners commencing clinical practice. Qualitative Health Research. 22 (9), pp. 1163-1175. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732312449213





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