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Department of Education

Amanda Lyons

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

Amanda is the recipient of the Hazel Project Scholarship, based at the Rees Centre. Her doctoral research explores the conceptualisation of foster homes as therapeutic environments for complex/developmental trauma. Through participant-generated photography and collaborative qualitative methods with young people currently in foster care placements, her research explores if young people’s concepts and perceptions of therapeutic environments coincide with or challenge existing theoretical models and popular practitioner perspectives.

Amanda holds a BA from the University of Leeds (UK) and an MPhil from the University of Oxford (UK).


Conceptualising therapeutic home environments for complex trauma, from the perspectives and lived experiences of teenagers currently in foster care placements.

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