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Linda McMullen B.A.Hon, M.A., Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Psychology

Psychology and Health Studies professor emeritus

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Research Area(s)

  • Discourse analysis; Discursive Psychology
  • Depression and antidepressants
  • Off-label prescribing of antidepressants
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Shared decision making
  • How human distress is constructed and managed
  • Qualitative research
  • Feminist research

About me

Sample publications:


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Sample publications:

McMullen, L.M. (in press for publication in 2020). Essentials of discursive psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

McMullen, L.M. (2018). Teaching qualitative inquiry as a stand-alone course: Affordances and interrogations. Qualitative Psychology, 5,                          228-242.

Babineau, C., McMullen, L., & Downe, P. (2017). Negotiating what constitutes depression: Focus group conversations in response to viewing             direct-to-consumer advertisements for antidepressants. Canadian Journal of Communication, 42, 725-743.

McMullen, L.M. (2016). Decoupling antidepressants and depression in accounts of being prescribed antidepressants off-label. Qualitative Psychology, 3, 145-158.

Alexander, E., & McMullen, L.M. (2015). Constructions of motherhood and fatherhood in newspaper articles on maternal and paternal                       postpartum depression. Gender and Language, 9, 143-166.

McMullen, L.M., & Sigurdson, K.J. (2013). Depression is to diabetes as antidepressants are to insulin: The unravelling of an analogy? Health Communication, 29, 309-317.

Sigurdson, K.J., & McMullen, L.M. (2013). Talking controversy: Long-term users of antidepressants and the diagnosis of depression. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 10, 428-444. 

McMullen, L.M. (2012). Discourses of influence and autonomy in physicians’ accounts of treatment decision making for depression. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 238-249. 

Wertz, F.J., Charmaz, K., McMullen, L.M., Josselson, R., Anderson, R., & McSpadden, E. (2011). Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research, and intuitive inquiry. New York: Guilford Publications.

McMullen, L.M., & Herman, J. (2009). Women’s accounts of their decision to quit taking antidepressants. Qualitative Health Research, 19, 1569-1579.
McMullen, L.M. (2008). Putting it in context: Metaphor and psychotherapy. In R.W. Gibbs, Jr (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of metaphor and thought (pp. 397-411). New York: Cambridge University Press.
McMullen, L.M., & Stoppard, J.M. (2006). Women and depression: A case study of the influence of feminism in Canadian psychology. Feminism & Psychology, 16, 273-288.
Stoppard, J.M., & McMullen, L.M. (Eds.), (2003). Situating sadness: Women and depression in social context. New York: New York University Press. 
McMullen, L.M. (2002). Learning the languages of research: Illiteracy and indifference as powerful resistance. Canadian Psychology, 43, 195-204.


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discourse analysis, qualitative research, depression and antidepressants, conceptions of evidence-based practice, shared decision making  (see sample publications)