module 19: interpretative phenomenological analysis

module 19: interpretative phenomenological analysis

  • module 19: interpretative phenomenological analysis
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Tue 15/09: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm | online

Course details

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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is a qualitative research method that offers a methodological framework and is theoretically grounded in phenomenology and hermeneutics. It is an idiographic method in that it is committed to understanding individuals' lived experience. IPA has been applied to study a range of different topics, e.g. patient’s illness experience, human reproduction, addiction, and therapist’s experiences. (For an overview of the contribution of IPA, see Smith, 2011).

Course structure

The following elements will be addressed:

  • key concepts and phenomenological roots of IPA
  • research questions and interviewing
  • IPA data-analysis
  • writing an IPA paper
  • validity and trustworthiness in IPA research


This course is for researchers who have some knowledge of IPA but would like the opportunity to develop their skills practically and engage in discussion and ask questions about the methodology.


Dr. Hanna Van Parys is a clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist at the Ghent University Hospital. From 2012 until 2017, she has worked as a post doc research assistant at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology of Ghent University where she was also a co-lecturer for the course “Qualitative research methods in clinical psychology”. She has conducted IPA research in the field of mental health, human reproduction and child oncology. In 2010, she did a study visit at Birkbeck University of London where she worked together with Prof. dr. Jonathan Smith.

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