Carla Willig is a Chartered Health Psychologist and acts as Course Director for the MSc Health Psychology at City University. Carla is also a qualified Counselling Psychologist who sees clients at Women & Health in Camden.
Carla’s research interests include qualitative research methodology and its application to health psychology research, most particularly the relationship between discourse and risky practices. She is also interested in phenomenological research methods and the exploration of the meanings and quality of embodied experiences. This is linked to her interest in existential approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. Carla is currently looking at ways in which different theoretical models may be integrated with existential perspectives in order to produce fuller interpretations.
Carla is an associate editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and a member of the editorial board of Psychology and Health. She acts as editorial consultant for the British Journal of Social Psychology.
She is a member of the British Psychological Society and a founder member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology.
Work in Progress
Willig, C. and W. Stainton Rogers (eds) (in preparation) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, London: Sage
Willig, C. (in preparation) Second Edition of Introducing Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology, Open University Press/McGraw-Hill
Willig, C. (in press) Discourse Analysis, in J.Smith (ed) Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Research Methods, London: Sage, Second Edition
Willig, C. (in press) A Phenomenological Investigation of the Experience of Taking Part in Extreme Sport, Journal of Health Psychology
Sims-Schouten, W., Riley, S.C.E. and Willig, C. (in press) Critical Realism in Discourse Analysis, Theory & Psychology
Willig, C. (in press) Reflections on the Use of a Phenomenological Method, Qualitative Research in Psychology
Woodall, C. and Willig, C. (accepted for publication subject to minor revision) The Discursive Construction of Dysfunction, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Mielewczyk, F. and Willig, C. (in press) Old Clothes and an Older Look: The Case for a Radical Makeover in Health Behaviour Research, Theory & Psychology
Paulson, S. and Willig, C. (in press) Older Women and Everyday Talk About the Ageing Body, Journal of Health Psychology
Mielewczyk, F. and Willig, C. (under review) Effective Planning for Sustained Behaviour Change, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Willig, C. (in preparation) ‘Unlike a Rock, A Tree, a Horse or an Angel…’: Reflections on the Role of Existential Guilt in Psychotherapy, Existential Analysis
Boserman, C. and Willig, C. (in preparation) Gods or Diseases ?
Willig, C. (ed) (1999) Applied Discourse Analysis: Social and Psychological Interventions, Buckingham: OUP
Marks, D., Murray, M., Evans, B., & Willig, C. (2000) Health Psychology. Theory, Research and Practice, London: Sage
Willig, C. (2001) Qualitative Research In Psychology: A Practical Guide to Theory and Method, Buckingham: OUP
Marks, D.F., Murray, M., Evans, B., Willig, C., Woodall, C. and Sykes, C.M. (2005) Health Psychology. Theory, Research and Practice, Second Edition, London: Sage.
Willig, C. (1992) Assumptions in People's Talk About AIDS, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 2: 217 – 221
Willig, C. (1995) 'I Wouldn't Have Married the Guy If I'd Have to Do That' - Heterosexual Adults' Accounts of Condom Use and Their Implications for Sexual Practice, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 5: 75-87
Auburn, T., Drake, S. & Willig, C. (1995) Consistency As a Warrant For a Violent Personality, Discourse and Society, 6 (.3): 353-386
Roiser, M. & Willig, C. (1995) The Hidden History of Authoritarianism, History of the Human Sciences, 8 (4): 77-97
Willig, C. (1997) The Limitations of Trust in Intimate Relationships: Constructions of Trust and Sexual Risk-Taking, British Journal of Social Psychology, 36: 211-221
Gillies, V. & Willig, C. (1997) 'You Get the Nicotine and That In Your Blood': Constructions of Addiction and Control in Women's Accounts of Cigarette Smoking, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 7: 285-301
Harden, A. & Willig, C. (1998) An Exploration of the Discursive Constructions Used In Young Adults Memories and Discussions of Contraception, Journal of Health Psychology, 3 (3): 429-445
Willig, C. (1998) Constructions of Sexual Activity and Their Implications for Sexual Practice: Lessons for Sex Education, Journal of Health Psychology, 3 (3): 383-392
Willig, C. (2000) A Discourse Dynamic Approach to the Study of Subjectivity, Theory & Psychology, 10 (4): 547-570
Roiser, M. and Willig, C. (2002) The Strange Death of the Authoritarian Personality: 50 years of Psychological and Political Debate, History of the Human Sciences, 15 (4): 71-96
Gillies, V., Harden, A., Johnson, K., Strange, V., Reavey, P. and Willig, C. (2004) Women’s Collective Constructions of Embodied Practices Through Memory Work: Cartesian Dualism in Memories of Sweating and Pain, British Journal of Social Psychology, 43: 99-112
Sykes, C.M., Marks, D. and Willig, C. (2004) Discourses in the European Commission’s 1996-2000 Health Promotion Programme, Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (1): 131-141
Lavie, M. and Willig, C. (2005) ‘I Don’t Feel Like Melting Butter’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experience of ‘Inorgasmia’, Psychology & Health, 20 (1):115-128.
Gillies, V., Harden, A., Johnson, K., Reavey, P., Strange, V. and Willig, C. (2005) Painting Pictures of Embodied Experience: The Use of Non-Linguistic Data in the Study of Embodiment, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2(3): 199-213.
Willig, C. (1994) Marital Discourse and Condom Use, IN: P. Aggleton, P. Davies & G. Hart (eds) AIDS: Foundations for the Future, Taylor & Francis, Basingstoke
Roiser, M. & Willig, C. (1996) Marxism, the Frankfurt School and Working Class Psychology, IN: I. Parker & R. Spears (eds), Psychology and Society, Pluto Press
Willig, C. (1997) Trust As Risky Practice, IN: L. Segal (ed) New Sexual Agendas, London: Macmillan
Willig, C. (1998) Social Constructionism and Revolutionary Socialism- A Contradiction in Terms ?, IN: I. Parker (ed), Social Constructionism, Discourse and Realism, London: Sage
Willig, C. (1999) Beyond Appearances: A Critical Realist Approach to Social Constructionist Work in Psychology IN: D. Nightingale & J. Cromby (eds) Psychology and Social Constructionism: A Critical Analysis of Theory and Practice, Buckingham: OUP
Willig, C. (2001) En Kritisk Realistik Ansats Pa Socialt Konstruktionistisk Arbete, in D. Nightingale and J. Cromby (eds) Socialkonstruktionistisk Psykologi. Lund: Studentlitteratur (translated by Charlotte Palmen) ( this is a translation of a chapter published in 1999)
Willig, C. (2002) A Discourse Dynamic Approach to the Study of Subjectivity, in D. Marks (ed) The Health PsychologyReader. London: Sage. (this is a re-print of a journal article published in 2000)
Willig, C. (2003) Discourse Analysis, in J.Smith (ed) Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Research Methods, London: Sage.
Willig, C. and Drury, J.(2004) Acting With: Partisan Participant Observation As a Social Practice Basis For Shared Knowledge,, in D. Pare and G. Larner (eds) Collaborative Practice in Psychology and Therapy, Haworth Press.
Willig, C. (2004) Discourse Analysis and Health Psychology, in M. Murray (ed) Critical Health Psychology, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacmillanThis page was latest updated: 13/03/07