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Dr Michael Smith

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

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 the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Department of Psychology, Programme Leader of the MRes Psychology and Lead of the Psychobiology of Stress and Wellbeing Research Group. Michael 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. More specifically, Michael is currently leading a programme of research (together with Professor Mark Wetherell) which is exploring the therapeutic benefits of expressive writing. 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 actively involved in the activities of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is currently a member of the BPS Research Board and the BPS Psychobiology Section Committee.

Michael Smith

PGR Supervision

  • Nicola Jones Glucoregulation, Memory and the Ageing Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms Start Date: 01/02/2011 End Date: 23/04/2015
  • Lauren Hoult The Power of Positivity: Positive Expressive Writing and Wellbeing Start Date: 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 Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 26/03/2018

Qualifications

  • 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
  • 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. 18 Feb 2021, In: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
  • Manipulating levels of socially evaluative threat and the impact on anticipatory stress reactivity, Craw, O., Smith, M., Wetherell, M. 22 Feb 2021, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • The cardiovascular response to acute psychological stress is related to subjectively giving and receiving social support, Gallagher, S., O’Súilleabháin, P., Smith, M. 16 Mar 2021, In: International Journal of Psychophysiology
  • 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
  • Are context-specific measures of positive emotion regulation more predictive of mania risk and mood symptoms than trait measures?, McGrogan, C., Dodd, A., Smith, M. 9 Dec 2020, In: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • 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: A Systematic Review, McGrogan, C., Dodd, A., Smith, M. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Clinical Psychology


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