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Dr Fabiola Creed

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Professor Hilary Marland’s project The Last Taboo of Motherhood?: Postnatal Mental Disorders in Twentieth-Century Britain’, funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.

My project strand explores the theme ‘Sufferers and their Publics: Experiencing and Narrating Postnatal Mental Illness’. I address the ways in which mothers described their own experiences of mental illness, and how the 'public' responded. I draw on a wide range of books (letters, memoirs and autobiographies), magazines and newspaper articles, audio-visual sources (from radio to television and film) and oral history interviews.

For more information, see our project website.

I am also writing my first monograph, The Rise and Fall of the Sunbed: Tanning Culture from Fad to Fear (McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming). For more information about my PhD project on the history of tanning culture, click here.

The Wellcome Trust have kindly funded both my postgraduate and postdoctoral research.

Employment

  • 2021-2024: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ‘The Last Taboo of Motherhood?: Postnatal Mental Disorders in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick.
  • 2020-2021: Medical Humanities China-UK (MHCUK) Early Career Fellowship, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH), Universities of Strathclyde, Manchester and Shanghai.
  • April-August 2020: Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick.
  • April-July 2019: Wellcome Trust Secondment Fellowship at Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), Westminster.
  • 2014–2015: Cover Teacher, Toot Hill Secondary School/College, Nottingham.

Education

  • 2016–2020: Medical Humanities PhD, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick.
  • 2015-2016: MA History of Medicine, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick
  • 2011-2014: BA Combined Honours: History and Music, University of Liverpool.

Publications

Book
  • The Rise and Fall of the Sunbed: Tanning Culture from Fad to Fear (McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming).
Book Chapters
  • ‘Talk Shows and “Tanorexia”: Motherhood and Sunbed Addiction on British TV in the 1990s’ in Tracey Loughran, Daisy Loughran and Kate Mahoney (eds), Gender, Subjectivity, and “Everyday Health” in the Post-1945 World (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2023).

  • ‘Sunbeds, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) Fake Tan and MelonoTan Injections: A History of 'Safe' Tanning Technologies' in Rachel Elder and Thomas Schlich (eds), Technology and Health in the Age of Patient Consumerism (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2023).

Journal Articles
Policy Report
Book Reviews