Professional Profile

Selected Qualifications & Professional Activities

  • I hold:
    • a PhD in Male Disordered Eating (Health Sociology & Social Psych) which I passed with no corrections.
    • a PG Dip in Research Methodology
    • a PG Certificate in Education (Compulsory Education Key Stages 2 & 3)
    • a BA (Hons) in Interpreting and Translation
  • My research interests include:
    • Men and their experiences of disordered eating
    • Masculinities and Critical Men’s Studies
    • Misandry and Masculism
    • Philosophy and methodology of hermeneutics for social research
    • Pluralistic Qualitative Research Design
    • Counselling and psychotherapy in eating disorders
    • Andragogic & heutagogic research, in particular: reflective practice, doctoral education, and person-centredness in HE.
  • I was a trustee of the UK’s only national male eating disorders charity for 6 years.

Professional Experience

Teaching & Lecturing

Having qualified in French & Spanish in my Bachelor’s degree, I then completed a PGCE. Over time I taught across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 in community schools and was part of the school’s senior management team before I left to work as self-employed to give me time to complete further qualifications and recover from my eating disorder. I undertook further training in supporting people with dyslexia and, in particular, dyspraxia whilst working in schools.

I’ve been extensively involved in ESOL and EFL teaching and learning and worked for Education First English Language Experience, managing two of their large summer schools. I have held both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching posts, ranging from the UoB’s English Language for International Communication degree to delivering the teacher-training PGCE programme in primary education. I was also involved in the national qualification for Probation Officers and related staff, delivering core skills modules which focused on, amongst other elements, reflective practice and professional development.

I began gaining my counselling qualifications in 2004, and my plans continue as I seek to extend my qualifications to Master’s level (whilst working towards accreditation). My interest is in Transactional Analysis but my counselling work is person-centred integrative.

I currently teach Postgraduate Research Methods and Skills to doctoral students on our PhD programmes.

Expert Consultancy and Training

I have reviewed for Epigeum on its innovative content development. I provided training on Eating Disorders in Men to the LGF in Manchester (February 2013). I have also provided specialist editorial support and reviewing for selected SAGE Publications. I was also a consultant for the Teacher Development Agency on some of their initial teacher training programme design for topics such as primary MFL, SEAL and literacy and oracy.

I have delivered specialist training to secondary school staff, consultancy to Kirklees Education Authority and been Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University (teacher training programmes). I contributed to the work of the former UoB research centre, CCCMH.

Voluntary charity work

I served as a trustee of national charity Men Get Eating Disorders Too, registered charity number 1139351, for 6 years until 2015.

Research and Impact


Bolton, G. & Delderfield, R. (2018) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, 5th Edition. London: SAGE Publications.


Delderfield, R. and McHattie, H. (In review) Person-centred dynamics in maths skills development: examining a case of good practice.

Delderfield, R. (2017) The experiences of disordered eating in men [online]., May 2017.

Delderfield, R. (2016) Freedom and chains: the duality of the university experience for young men with eating disorders. University and College Counselling Journal. Issue: May 2016

Delderfield, R. (2014) Men have eating disorders too — and often can’t talk about them. The Conversation. April 2014

Delderfield, R. (2013) Coming out of the food cupboard: supporting young men with eating disorders. The Association for University & College Counselling Journal. Issue: March 2013.

My work also appears in:

Bolton, G. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, 4th ed. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Duppong, J. (2013) You Can’t Just Eat a Cheeseburger: How to Thrive Through Eating Disorder Recovery. Amazon: Marston Gate.

Crilly, L. (2012) Hope with Eating Disorders. London: Hay House UK.


 Conference Presentations & Research Dissemination

Invited Paper: When the researcher is a wounded storyteller: exploring emotional labour & personal impact in research (2017) University of Leeds: Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference, Baines Wing, School of Healthcare. 6th June 2017.

Public Lecture: Men, Gender and Misandry: breaching the binary (2016) University of Bradford Diversity Festival.

‘The Writing Room’: creating space for student academic writing in a shared environment (2016) Inaugural Learning, Teaching and Research Conference: Exploring the Research-Teaching Nexus. With Ms. Lucy Scott.

Invited Keynote: Men under fire: male disordered eating and challenged masculinity (2015) Inaugural National Male Eating Disorders Conference, Brighton. 

Misandry and the Second Sexism (2015) Research Seminar, University of Bradford. 

Male Eating Disorders: Misconceptions and Mistreatment (2014) Mental Health Lunchtime Bites, Bradford. 

Men Get Eating Disorders Too (2014) FEDS & University of Huddersfield Psychology Section, Huddersfield. 

Men with Eating Disorders: in their own words (2013) Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Manchester.

‘There’s no such thing as bisexual, it’s just greediness’: Bisexual Men and Eating Disorders – Making the Case for Better Understanding (2012) BiReCon, University of Bradford.

SkillSpace@Bradford: Making Personal Academic Tutoring Matter from Day One (2012) University of Bradford, 11th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Bradford. With Dr Clare Beckett.

Pulling It All Together (2011) Re-Thinking Hate Crime? Bringing Theory and Practice Together, Bradford.

Men on the Menu: Early Impressions of Men’s Experiences with Food, Body Image and Self-perception (2011) MGEDT Conference, Brighton.

Eating Disorders and Ethical Dilemmas, Either Way it’s ED (2009) 3rd Graduate Conference on Social Sciences and Management, University of Bradford.

Queer Eating: Bracketing Issues of Sexuality and Bulimia Nervosa for Hermeneutic Research (2008) Becoming or Unbecoming? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Research in the 21st Century Newcastle-upon-Tyne:  Northumbria University.

Managing student behaviour – towards new university practice and policy (2007) University of Bradford Annual Learning & Teaching Conference, Bradford. With Professor Peter Hartley.

Media Contact & Public Engagement

In 2017, I was scientific advisor for a collaboration between the Wellcome Trust and BBC Tomorrow’s World about the mental health impact of negative body image, and BDD.

In 2016, a documentary I was involved in (by Florence Pellacani) about male eating disorders has been nominated for an award. In 2015, my work also appeared in Men’s Health magazine and I have been involved in a further documentary about men with eating disorders, as well as filming sociology teaching materials for SAGE Online content. In September 2013 I appeared on the BBC news & popular interest show Inside Out, commenting on my research.

In 2011-13 I expanded my work to include campaigning and spokesperson work about my own eating disorder experiences and the current research I am undertaking. Recently, I have spoken to BBC Radio Tees, Radio Leeds and Pulse of West Yorkshire.