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Dr Michael Smith

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

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Dr Michael Smith completed his PhD in Psychobiology at the University of Western Australia in 2009, before undertaking postdoctoral work at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Curtin University in Perth Australia. Michael then joined the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University in 2010. He is currently Associate Professor in the Stress Research Group and Programme Leader of the MRes Psychology programme. He leads undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Health Psychology, and contributes to research supervision of undergraduate, Masters and PhD students. He is also Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Medical School at the University of Western Australia.

Michael’s current research programmes relate to the investigation of i) psychological functioning in Type 2 diabetes, ii) psychosocial predictors of sexual health, and iii) the interplay between personality, stress and physical health. His research employs both subjective (e.g. self-report) and objective (e.g. beat-to-beat cardiovascular reactivity and bioassay techniques) markers of health. Michael is aligned to the Integrated Health and Social Care Multidisciplinary Research Theme at Northumbria.

Michael is actively involved in the activities of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is currently Chair of the BPS Standing Conference Committee (2017-2020), a member of the BPS Research Board and a member of the BPS Psychobiology Section Committee.


  • Psychology (Biology) PhD March 25 2010
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society (BPS) 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Grounded Theory Study on Work Related Stress in Professionals who Provide Health & Social Care for People who Exhibit Behaviours that Challenge, Rippon, D., McDonnell, A., Smith, M., McCreadie, M., Wetherell, M. 27 Feb 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Effects of chewing gum on nitric oxide metabolism, markers of cardiovascular health and neurocognitive performance after a nitrate-rich meal, Ong, S., Bondonno, N., Downey, L., Scholey, A., Smith, M., Stough, C., Blekkenhorst, L., Woodman, R., Croft, K., Hodgson, J., Bondonno, C. 21 Dec 2020, In: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
  • Online writing about positive life experiences reduces depression and perceived stress reactivity in socially inhibited individuals, Allen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 1 Feb 2020, In: Psychiatry Research
  • Seeking sexual health information? Professionals’ novel experiences of the barriers that prevent female adolescents seeking sexual health information, McKellar, K., Little, L., Smith, M., Sillence, E. 1 Feb 2020, In: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
  • An experimental investigation into cardiovascular, haemodynamic and salivary alpha amylase reactivity to acute stress in Type D individuals, Allen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 4 Jul 2019, In: Stress
  • A one-year prospective investigation of Type D personality and self-reported physical health, Allen, S., Wetherell, M., Smith, M. 3 Jul 2019, In: Psychology & Health
  • Emotion Regulation Strategies in Mania Risk, McGrogan, C., Dodd, A., Smith, M. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • Sexual health experiences, knowledge and understanding in low SES female teenagers, McKellar, K., Sillence, E., Smith, M. 1 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Adolescence
  • Doctor-patient relationship and quality of life in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: an exploratory study of the potential mediating role of illness perceptions and acceptance, Hulme, K., Chilcot, J., Smith, M. 2018, In: Psychology, Health & Medicine
  • Glucose regulation and face recognition deficits in older adults: the role of attention, Jones, N., Riby, L., Smith, M. 2018, In: Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition

PGR Supervision

  • Lauren Hoult Start: 01/10/2020
  • Sarah Allen An investigation into the psychobiological mechanisms underpinning the relationship between Type D personality and physical health complaints in the general population Start: 01/10/2014

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