Deborah Rodriguez started her part-time doctoral studies within the Psychology Department at Middlesex University in October 2012. Her research explores the nuances and changes in attachment behaviours across the transition to second-time parenthood in both partners of heterosexual couples, and to examine the meaning that this experience has on the couples in understanding changes to their sense of self, to their relationship, and to their relationship networks in relation to their respective attachment behaviours. The longitudinal and prospective study uses multiple methods of data collection, generating multidimensional material, and the data is analysed using pluralistic qualitative mixed methods.
Deborah's doctoral research draws and builds upon her undergraduate qualitative exploration of the transition to second-time motherhood, where the second child has a disability.
Deborah also teaches on some of the Psychology modules at Middlesex University, and is currently involved in various projects as a Research Assistant.
Prior to this, Deborah graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Skills with a First class in 2012, also from Middlesex University. She currently volunteers as a Bereavement Counsellor with a charity organisation to maintain and further develop her counselling skills, whereby she applies the principles of attachment theory to her therapeutic work.
Deborah is also a member of various British Psychological Society divisions and sections, as well as a member of the Network for Pluralistic Qualitative Researchers (N-PQR), and the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS). Deborah is bilingual in English and Spanish.