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Dr Deborah Rafalin

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Learning Development Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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A229I, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

Dr Deborah Rafalin is a Registered Psychologist and Chartered Counselling Psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey in 1998. She is an experienced psychological therapist who has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of difficulties.

Dr Rafalin has worked extensively within the NHS, in the voluntary sector and in an established central London private practice. She works with Adults and Adolescents, individually and in groups, and is experienced in working in a range of psychological therapy approaches

At City, University of London she is:

- Senior Lecturer for Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- Personal Tutor Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- Research Supervisor Professional Doctorate
- Chair of Academic Misconduct Panels for the School of Arts and Social Sciences

In addition to the above roles at City, University of London, Dr Rafalin is also:

- Director of Insight Counselling Psychology Practice: A private practice offering individual therapy for psychological difficulty and personal development to adults and adolescents.
- Clinical Supervisor for trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and chartered psychologists.
- Member of Fitness to Practice and Competency Panels for Health Professions Council
- Consultant to the voluntary sector and the NHS

Dr Rafalin holds the following professional registrations and memberships:

- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (No.: 074232)
- Registered Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (PYL 19780)
- Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor, BPS
- Registered Psychometric Test User (BPS): Occupational Ability
- Registered Psychometric Test User (BPS): Occupational Personality (Orpheus)
- Member of the Coaching Psychology Division, BPS
- Member of the Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section, BPS
- Member of the Psychology of Women Section, BPS

Qualifications

DPsych Counselling Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology.

Research

Research interests

- Qualitative research methodologies, methodological pluralism
- The challenges of managing multiple identities and identity threat
- Identity management issues including those pertaining to gender identity, disability and sexual identity

Publications

Chapters (2)

  1. Rafalin, D. (2010). Counselling Psychology and Research: Revisiting the Relationship in the Light of our 'Mission'. Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues (pp. 41–55). ISBN 978-0-470-71548-2.
  2. Rafalin, D. and Karavella, M. (2007). 'When I look at the photograph I wish he was here with me'. The experience of bereavemnet for adults with learning disabilities: A qualitative paper. In Fanti, K. (Ed.), Psychological Science: Research, Theory and Future Directions (pp. 67–90). Greece: Atiner.

Conference papers and proceedings (10)

  1. Rafalin, D. (2019). Strategies for prevention - supporting students, encouraging good academic practice and tailoring assessment design. Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for tackling contract cheating in higher education: supporting students, curbing essay mill activity and evaluating the effectiveness of legislative options 22 May 2019 – 22 Feb 2019, Westminster.
  2. Rafalin, D. (2019). ‘Translating’ the NSS: Using thematic analysis of student free text to enhance assessment and feedback strategies. SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2019, 'Collaboration to support the student experience and progression' 9 May 2019 – 10 Feb 2019, Belfast.
  3. Rafalin, D. (2011). Special Schools: Fit for whose Future? Special Schools: Fit for the Future February, London.
  4. Rafalin, D. and Fulder-Heyd, Y. (2007). Managing sameness and otherness in qualitative research. 20th Anniversary conference of the Psychology of Women Section, BPS 18 July, Windsor, UK.
  5. Karavella, M. and Rafalin, D. (2006). 'When I look at the photograph I wish he was here with me'. The experience of bereavement for adults with learning disabilities: A qualitative paper. BPS Clinical Psychology conference December, London.
  6. Rafalin, D. and Fulder-Heyd, Y. (2006). ‘The experience of Israeli women living in the UK: Impact on identity and psychological implications.’ Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Psychology of Women, British Psychological Society 7-9 July, Manchester University.
  7. Sturgeon-Clegg, I. and Rafalin, D. (2006). ‘ The long term effects of living through evacuation and the London blitz during second world war as perceived by those who experienced them: A qualitative study.’ National PSIGE (DCP Psychologist's Special Interest Group in the Elderly) Conference 3-5 July, Sussex University.
  8. Rafalin, D. and Coyle, A. (1999). 'The Development of Gay Identity in Jewish Family Contexts'. British Psychological Society 15 December, Institute of Education, London.
  9. Rafalin, D. and Coyle, A. (1999). 'Negotiating Cultural, Religious and Sexual Identity: Jewish Gay Men's Accounts of Sexual Identity Development in Their Youth'. Paper presented at a conference on 'Gay and lesbian identities: Working with young people, their families and schools' 29-30 March, UCL.
  10. Rafalin, D. and Coyle, A. (1996). 'Balancing Cultural, Religious and Sexual Identity: Jewish Gay Men and Lesbians'. Association of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies Conference : 'Homophobia and Beyond' 14-15 September, Nottingham University.

Journal articles (2)

  1. Challenor, J., Edginton, T., Rafalin, D. and Willig, C. (2018). Call for support in university pensions dispute. Psychologist, 31(4), pp. 2–2.
  2. Coyle, A. and Rafalin, D. (2001). Jewish gay men’s accounts of negotiating cultural, religious, and sexual identity: A qualitative study. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 12(4), pp. 21–48. doi:10.1300/J056v12n04_02.

Poster

  1. Rafalin, D. and Karavella, M. 'When I look at the photograph I wish he was here with me'. The experience of bereavement for adults with learning disabilities: A qualitative study.' , 2007.