Dr. Elaine Lee

Associate Dean International


School of Nursing & Health Sciences
11 Airlie Place,

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Dr Elaine Lee is Associate Dean International in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. After initially pursuing a legal career, graduating from Edinburgh University with an LLB in 1990, a desire to change direction led to a career choice of midwifery. After working for NHS Fife for a number of years, Dr Lee moved full time into the University of Dundee in 2003. Undertaking a number of roles since then, she is now lead for the School’s international activity.


Although interested in promoting educational excellence, Dr Elaine Lee’s primary research interests lie in the area of inequalities in healthcare, specifically marginalisation of particular populations. Social aspects of health and healthcare are of particular interest, and increasing access and understanding for minority groups such as lesbian mothers.


Elaine Lee’s teaching interests range from pre-registration midwifery and nursing to Post-registration and Postgraduate programmes.

A primary focus on teaching has led to engagement across the School in relation to curriculum development, design and delivery, online learning, innovative teaching and assessment, and student support.


BRADBURY-JONES, C and LEE, E (2011), ‘Polemics and Pregnancy: A response to Arguments about Ethical Obstetrical Care.’  The American Journal of Bioethics, 11(12): 64-65

LEE, E, et al. (2010), ‘“It’s not me, it’s them”; How lesbian women make sense of negative experiences of maternity care: a hermeneutic study.’  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(5): 982-990

LEE, E., (2004). Lesbian users of maternity services: appropriate care. British Journal of Midwifery, 12 (6), pp.353-358.

Chapters in Books

ELAINE LEE, 2007. Lesbian users of maternity services: Challenges in midwifery care. In: YANA RICHENS, eds. Challenges for Midwives, Vol. 2. London: Quay Books, 2007, pp. 69-78.

NHS Education for Scotland, 2006. Maternity Care Assistants in Scotland: A Competency Framework. Edinburgh: NES


Lee, E, Taylor, J and Raitt, F (2012).  Oral paper at RCN International Research Conference, London.  Disclosure in maternity care contexts: the case of sexual orientation.

Lee, E (2009).  University of Dundee, College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing Postgraduate Research Symposium, “It’s them, not me”: lesbian women’s interpretations of negative experiences.

Normal Labour and Birth: 4th Research Conference, UCLAN.

Oral presentation (accepted) ‘It's not me, it's them - lesbian women's interpretations of negative experiences in maternity care’

Date June 2009

Scottish Government Health Department national recruitment and retention conference. Glasgow, 26th November 2008.

Poster presentation 'Cross-cohort Peer Support: telling it like it is'. 

Date  November 2008

LGBT Seminar hosted by Queen Margaret University and the Open University. LGBT researchers and policy makers across the UK.

The Presumption of Heterosexuality in Pregnancy

Date  July 2008

Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Glasgow

Factors influencing lesbians women's disclosure of sexual orientation in pregnancy

Date  June 2008

Normal Labour and Birth: 3rd Research Conference, UCLAN

The Discourse of Normality: No Common Ground?

Date  June 2006

Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Brisbane, Australia

Women's mental Health in the Childbearing Period: Education to meet the Needs

Date  July 2005

Normal Childbirth Conference, University of Central Lancashire

Promoting Normal Childbirth - the Educational Perspective

Date  June 2004

Lee, E and Whitford, H (2003).  Poster presentation at the 2nd International Normal Birth Research Conference, University of Central Lancashire – Midwifery Education for Normal Childbirth.