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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
  • 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
  • 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 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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