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Dr Lee Shepherd

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

I completed my BSc in Applied Psychology and my MSc in Social Science Research methods at Cardiff University. In 2011, I completed an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University, assessing the role of (anticipated) emotions in promoting prosocial intergroup behaviour. I subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, before coming to Northumbria University.

Lee Shepherd

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on the role of emotions on human behaviour. I have looked at the role of emotions on group-processes (e.g., discrimination and colleactive action) and health-related behaviours (e.g., organ donation, human milk donation, breastfeeding, sexual health screening, cervical screening). In addition, I look at people's emotional response to experiencing discrimination. I also undertake research looking at how emotions and group processes influence psychological well-being.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Determinants of Routine Cervical Screening Participation in Underserved Women: A Qualitative Systematic Review, Wearn, A., Shepherd, L. 16 Mar 2022, In: Psychology & Health
  • Subscales in the National Student Survey (NSS): Some considerations on their structure, Pollet, T., Shepherd, L. 14 Mar 2022, In: Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • Assessing medical mistrust in organ donation across countries using item response theory, Ghoshal, A., O’Carroll, R., Ferguson, E., Shepherd, L., Doherty, S., Mathew, M., Morgan, K., Doyle, F. 29 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Health Psychology
  • From Gaze to Outrage: The Role of Group-Based Anger in Mediating the Relationship between Sexual Objectification and Collective Action, Shepherd, L., Evans, C. 1 Mar 2020, In: Sex Roles
  • The impact of emotion‐based mass media campaigns on stigma toward cervical screening non participation, Wearn, A., Shepherd, L. 1 May 2020, In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • The role of psychosocial factors in predicting the formalized human milk donation to nonprofit milk banks, Shepherd, L., Lovell, B. 1 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • Responding to Sexual Objectification: The Role of Emotions in Influencing Willingness to Undertake Different Types of Action, Shepherd, L. Jan 2019, In: Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of a Knowledge-Based Intervention to Tackle Barriers to Cervical Screening: A Pilot Study, Shepherd, L., Walbey, C., Lovell, B. Mar 2018, In: Psycho-Oncology
  • The Role of Emotions in Predicting Sperm and Egg Donation, Shepherd, L., Kardzhieva, D., Bussey, L., Lovell, B. Apr 2018, In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • The Role of Threat, Emotions, and Prejudice in Promoting Collective Action Against Immigrant Groups: Threat, emotions and prejudice on collective action against immigrants, Shepherd, L., Fasoli, F., Pereira, A., Branscombe, N. 1 Jun 2018, In: European Journal of Social Psychology

PGR Supervision

  • Anna Maughan Understanding the role of emotions, belief in medical conspiracy theories and health-related behaviours Start Date: 31/01/2022
  • Angela Wearn Understanding and Addressing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Cervical Screening Participation: Development of an Intervention Strategy Using the Behaviour Change Wheel. Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 03/03/2021
  • Kevin Stoodley An investigation into the impact of a UK school-based social norms intervention to address young peoples’ (aged 13-15 years) risk taking behaviours associated with alcohol and sexual activity. Start Date: 01/10/2013


  • Psychology PhD January 01 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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