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Research interests

Willem Stander is a doctoral researcher based in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton. His research explores the mental health help-seeking behaviours of gay and bisexual men, focusing on their online help-seeking in particular. This includes a look at how community-based and specialist mental health services use digital and social media to reach and engage with these men. His work draws on interdisciplinary theory (e.g., critical psychology, sociology, and feminist and queer theorising) and includes collaborations with third sector organisations to produce research in aid of service design and delivery. 

Approach to teaching

Willem teaches across a range of core BPS psychology curriculum areas, including quantitative and qualitative research methods. He is also a regular fixture on postgraduate modules, delivering workshops on clinical and community approaches to LGBTQ mental health, and online research ethics. He was nominated by students for the Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award in 2019. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of South Africa

1 Jan 20131 Dec 2014

Award Date: 18 Feb 2015

Master, University of Brighton

1 Sep 20135 Nov 2014

Award Date: 5 Nov 2014

Bachelor, University of South Africa

1 Jan 200630 Nov 2012

Award Date: 31 Jan 2013

PhD, University of Brighton

1 Jan 201530 Nov 2020


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • LGBT+
  • mental health
  • help-seeking
  • digital culture
  • Social Media
  • Digital Health and Care


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