Dr Rebecca Smith MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Rebecca Smith joined the university in 2005. She received her PhD (Psychology) and MA (Psychology) from the University of Dundee.

Her teaching specialism is social psychology, and her research interests are ostracism, rape myth acceptance and the stigmatization of the homeless.

She supervises a number of PhD and EdD students in areas of social psychology and gender equality.

Previous positions
  • 2015-16, Deputy Head of Department
  • 2009-13, TMC Link Tutor

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Psychology
  • Link tutor


Rebecca is a regular reviewer for the following journals:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Death Studies
  • Motivation and Emotion

Rebecca is on the Undergraduate Education Committee of the BPS.

Professional affiliations/associations
  • British Psychology Society (BPS)
  • European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • Senior Fellow HEA

Research / Scholarly interests

Rebecca’s research interests include ostracism and social exclusion, this extends to research with homeless people and prejudice directed towards the homeless. More recently Rebecca has developed a research interest is in rape myth acceptance and the impact of sexual violence prevention training.

Rebecca has also conducted research on attitudes towards close relationships.

Key funded projects

  • University of Greenwich: the meaning of death-personal meaning as a terror management strategy, 2012

Recent publications


Morgan, Jessica , Smith, Rebecca, Singh, Amrik (2019), Exploring the role of humor in the management of existential anxiety. De Gruyter. In: , , , . De Gruyter, HUMOR International Journal of Humor Research, 32 (3) . pp. 433-448 ISSN: 0933-1719 (Print), 1613-3722 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2017-0063).

Tamplin-Wilson, Jay , Smith, Rebecca, Morgan, Jessica, Maras, Pamela (2019), Video games as a recovery intervention for ostracism. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Computers in Human Behavior, 97 . pp. 130-136 ISSN: 0747-5632 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.03.008).

Van Zalk, Nejra and , Smith, Rebecca (2019), Internalizing profiles of homeless adults: investigating links between perceived ostracism and need-threat. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology: Psychopathology, 10: 350 ISSN: 1664-1078 (Print), 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00350).

Smith, Rebecca , Morgan, Jessica, Monks, Claire (2016), Students' perceptions of the effect of social media ostracism on wellbeing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Computers in Human Behavior, 68 . pp. 276-285 ISSN: 0747-5632 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.041).

Smith, Rebecca and , Klases, Antonia (2016), Predictors of Love Attitudes: The contribution of cultural orientation, gender attachment style, relationship length and age in participants from the UK and Hong Kong. In: , , , . , Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 10 (1) . pp. 90-108 ISSN: 1981-6472 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.5964/ijpr.v10i1.204).

Smith, Rebecca and , Massey, Emma (2013), Aspects of Love: the effect of mortality salience and attachment style on romantic beliefs. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 66 (2) . pp. 135-151 ISSN: 0030-2228 (Print), 1541-3764 (Online) (doi: http://ome.sagepub.com/content/66/2/135.abstract).