Anna Miller


I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield in 2009. I first came to study at the University of Leeds in 2011, where I completed a Masters in Gender Studies. Following this I entered the world of paid employment, working as a Learning Mentor, Emotional Wellbeing Worker, and Re-Engagement Leader in a number of Leeds city high schools. In 2016 I decided it was time to return to my studies, and was able to secure ESRC 1 + 3 funding at the University of Leeds. As part of this I completed an MA in Social Research in 2018 (taking one year for maternity leave) and am now at the beginning of my first year of PhD study.

Research interests

My research interest lies in the diagnosis and managment of childhood behavioural difficulties, with specific focus on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Owing to the overrepresentation of working class boys in the diagnosis of ADHD in the UK, my thesis will explore how the diagnostic category of ADHD operates within debates concerning the 'proper' way to parent. I question whether this relates to a broader political and cultural turn towards invididualisation, and explore how ideas about 'poor parenting' as the manifestation of a pathological culture and lifestyle operate within discourse on ADHD. In doing so, I will explore how the material circumstances in which one parents are discounted in professional and lay discourse concerning ADHD, favouring instead explanations which situate ADHD within a failure to parent (mother) appropriately, and ultimately re- produce middle class parenting practices as the natural and normal way to parent.

Previously I have conducted research focusing on the growing educational inequalities for Black minority ethnic groups in the UK, focusing on how an increasingly competetive educational marketplace has positioned young Bangladeshi and Pakistani males as the 'newest problem' for UK education. I am also interested in Special Educational Needs policy, and how this interacts with understandings of childhood behavioural difficulties as 'within child' factors.


  • BSc Psychology (first class)
  • MA Gender Studies (Distinction)
  • MA Social Reseach (Distinction)