Dr Simon Stewart


School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a lecturer in psychology with substantial prior experience in industries including local authorities and third sector organisations. I joined Staffordshire University as a lecturer in October 2021. I completed my BSc Psychology undergraduate degree with the Open University, after which I gained my MSc in Clinical and Health Research Methods at the University of Southampton as part of an ESRC funded MSc + PhD programme. Following my MSc, I completed my PhD in October 2021. My PhD included specialist training in Conversation Analysis at UCLA during the autumn semester of 2019. My thesis is a conversation analytic study of multi-party interactions comprising a patient, their partner, and a healthcare professional during clinical consultations for prostate cancer.

My research interests span domains of social, developmental, and health psychology. I am particularly interested in the application of conversation analysis to better understand and improve communication in health and social care settings such as communication during clinical consultations, or family and practitioner interactions during therapeutic interventions.

Professional memberships and activities

  • British Psychological Society
  • International Society for Conversation Analysis
  • Fellowship of Advance HE

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, ‘Multi-Party Interactions Between Healthcare Professionals, Patients, and their Partners During Consultations for Localised Prostate Cancer’, University of Southampton
  • MSc Clinical and Health Research Methods, University of Southampton
  • PG Cert. Professional and Higher Education
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, The Open University in Scotland


  • Conversation Analysis applied to healthcare interactions
  • Discourse and Critical Discourse Analysis

Research interests

  • Social development and support of autistic children and their families
  • Communication in health and social care settings
  • Critical perspectives in Social Psychology


Undergraduate modules

  • Childhood Contexts and Application
  • Adventures in Psychology 1 & 2
  • Becoming a Researcher 2
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment
  • Steps to Success
  • Psychology of Social Perception
  • Theory and Application of Qualitative Research Methods

Postgraduate modules

  • MSc Psychology Dissertation
  • The Impact and Experience of Physical Health Conditions
  • Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment
  • Psychology Research Methods
  • Theory and Application of Qualitative Research Methods


Stewart, Simon J, Roberts, L., & Brindle, L. (2023). Shared decision-making during prostate cancer consultations: Implications of clinician misalignment with patient and partner preferences. Social Science & Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115969

Stewart, Simon John, Roberts, L., & Brindle, L. (2023). Speaking out of turn: Implications of partner contributions for patient autonomy during prostate cancer consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 112, 10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2023.107722

Stewart, S. J., Roberts, L., & Brindle, L. (2021). Romantic partner involvement during oncology consultations : A narrative review of qualitative and quantitative studies. Patient Education and Counseling, 2019, 0–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2019.116544

Bracher, M., Stewart, S., Reidy, C., Allen, C., Townsend, K., & Brindle, L. (2019). Partner involvement in treatment-related decision making in triadic clinical consultations – a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies. Patient Education and Counseling, 103(2), 245–253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2019.08.031

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