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Dr Lee Shepherd

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

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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, under the supervision of Professor Russell Spears and Professor Antony Manstead.

My research focuses on the role of emotions on human behaviour. My initial work assessed the role of anticipated group-based emotions in promoting prosocial intergroup behaviour and collective action against a perceived ingroup transgression. During my Research Fellowship at the University of Stirling, this interest was extended to the role of emotions in promoting and preventing organ donor registration. I am also interested in the role of organ donor legislation (e.g., opt-in versus opt-out consent) on people’s willingness to donate their organs. I have also looked at the role of emotions on other health behaviours (e.g., healthy eating, sexual health).

I am collaborating with researchers at a variety of universities in the UK and Europe, including Cardiff University (UK), University of Groningen (the Netherlands), University of Stirling (UK), and the University of Nottingham (UK).


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • From Gaze to Outrage, 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. 20 Mar 2020, In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • Responding to Sexual Objectification, 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, Shepherd, L., Fasoli, F., Pereira, A., Branscombe, N. Jun 2018, In: European Journal of Social Psychology
  • The Role of Fear in Predicting Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening, Shepherd, L., Smith, M. 28 Mar 2017, In: Psychology & Health
  • The role of social-cognitive and emotional factors on exclusive breastfeeding duration, Shepherd, L., Walbey, C., Lovell, B. 1 Aug 2017, In: Journal of Human Lactation
  • Anticipated Regret and Organ Donor Registration: a randomised controlled trial, O'Carroll, R., Shepherd, L., Hayes, P., Ferguson, E. Nov 2016, In: Health Psychology

PGR Supervision

Angela Wearn Understanding and Addressing Inequalities in Cervical Screening Participation: Development of an Intervention Strategy Using the Behaviour Change Wheel. Start: 01/10/2016


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