Sam Martin

PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology


Location: Cambridge

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Research interests

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Thesis Title

Homoprejudice in Everyday Interactions among Men: Developing a Practical Intervention to Empower Sexual Minority Youth.

Supervisory team

Dr Russell Luyt
Dr Daragh McDermott

Research group

Sam is a member of the Gender and Sexualities and Identity and Social Issues Research Areas which form part of the Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Summary of Research

Homoprejudice, gender and sexuality are (co)constructed, contextual and (co)exist in hierarchical power relationships as situated language practices.  Discursive resources can be utilised to highlight how these ideological systems operate in everyday interactions. My research draws upon, and merges, existing work concerning subtle prejudice and ‘microaggressions’ and the analysis of language use, Discursive Psychology to explore how sexual minority male youth (SMMY) negotiate prejudice in everyday interactions among men and how their accounts orient to gender and sexuality. It will seek to co-develop, along with participants, a practical prejudice management intervention on the basis of findings and implement and evaluate the impact of the intervention longitudinally.

Selected recent publications

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Martin, S. (2015). ‘How can you be strong all the time?’ Discourses of stoicism in the first counselling session of young male clients. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/capr.12062 Read full text

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Martin, S. (2015). ‘How can you be strong all the time?’ Constructions of masculinity in the first counselling session of male clients. Paper presentation at the Annual British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Nottingham, UK.
  • Political Masculinities and Social Transition Conference (2015), Landau, Germany
  • Department of Psychology Research Student Conference (2016) Cambridge, UK