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Dr Rowena Viney
Room GF/664
Royal Free Hospital
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  • Associate Professor
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I obtained my PhD at Loughborough University in Social Sciences, for which I conducted conversation analytic research on sexual identity, gaze, and touch in everyday interactions. My background is in Linguistics, and I completed a MA in Sociolinguistics at the University of Essex, and a BA in German (Linguistics and Language Studies) at the University of Southampton.

I am an Associate Professor in Medical Education in the Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) at UCL Medical School, where I am involved on projects on communication in simulated medical consultations, evaluations of medical education programmes, and medical student and practitioner mental health and wellbeing. Prior to this I was a Research Fellow at Leeds University Business School, where I worked on a project looking at the language and body language of entrepreneurs seeking support from investors, using conversation analysis and gesture analysis.

I lead the Researchers' Development Group within RDME, and am a reviewer for the UCL Research Ethics Committee. I am also am a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UCL Medical School, with a particular focus on parenting, caring, and pregnancy.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interests include:
  • Medical education
  • Medical communication
  • Reflective practice
  • Simulation in assessment
  • Differential attainment in assessment
  • Multimodal interaction, including the use of objects and touch in interaction
  • Identity in interaction
  • Conversation analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Thematic analysis

Teaching Summary

I supervise research students at UCL Medical School, and contribute to qualitative research methods teaching for Masters students at UCL Medical School and for EdD students at the Institute of Education. I am also personal tutor to undergraduate medical students.

I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at Leeds University Business School, The University of Nottingham, and Loughborough University, covering a range of qualitative research methods, sociolinguistics, and social psychology. I have also taught workshops on conversation analysis for PhD students at the University of East London and Leeds University Business School.

Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
  PhD Social Sciences Loughborough University
  MA Sociolinguistics University of Essex
  BA Hons German (Linguistics and Language Studies) University of Southampton
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