Alex Penfold

Alex Penfold

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I am a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology, my research involves investigating the experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals engaging online, and the subsequent effects of this on their mental and physical wellbeing. Through this, I evaluate multiple facets of online content and engagement, including the effects of content surrounding mental health, diets, fitness, and substance use. This research is within the fields of both health psychology and social psychology. My Honours thesis explored the experiences of LGBTQIA+ emerging adults engaging online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this affected their identity and its development.

I am interested in qualitative research methodologies, especially reflexive thematic analysis. My research topics of interest involve LGBTQIA+ people (including their wellbeing, group dynamics, and identity development), and the effects of the internet and online communities.

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Penfold, A., Callaghan, P., & Urry, K. (2024). Online Communities and Identity: Experiences of LGBTQIA+ Emerging Adults Engaging With LGBTQIA+ Online Content During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychology of Popular Media.

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