Video Interview: Laura Moreno-Galindo

Using interpretative phenomenological analysis

In Chapter 10, Lesley Storey provides an account of her experience of working alongside other researchers in doing an abbreviated interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). In the video, we hear another ‘insider’ perspective on what it can be like to use IPA, this time from Laura Moreno-Galindo. Laura is a systemic family practitioner. She used IPA in her dissertation for her Masters of Research degree in Clinical Psychology which she undertook at the University of Birmingham, working under the supervision of Michael Larkin.

Laura’s research provides an example of the use of visual data alongside verbal data in qualitative research (see Chapter 6 in the book for coverage of visual data). For other examples of visual data being used alongside verbal data, see the video interviews with Danielle Paddock in Chapter 5 and Agata Wężyk in Chapter 6.

Laura also refers to creating and using a reflective journal in her research. For other examples of studies in which reflective materials were used, see the video interviews with Abdallah Rothman on reflexivity (Chapter 2), Maria Dempsey on grounded theory (Chapters 11 and 12) and Sarah Foley on a pluralistic approach (Chapter 17).

Laura Moreno-Galindo is a Systemic Family Practitioner. She qualified as a psychologist in Colombia. She trained and developed her career internationally, working in South America and the United Kingdom. Laura is interested in understanding the psychological and social factors that influence mental health difficulties, and the role of relationships and help-seeking in the process of coping and adaptation to overcome psychological distress. Laura utilizes an integrative approach to psychological therapy, drawing upon a variety of psychological models with particular emphasis on relational approaches.