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


Thompson, L , Turley, E, Beetham, T, Donnelly, L C , Lazard, L , Bassra, S , Castellino, C , Christie, D , Cole, J , Hubbard, K (2023), Doing feminisms on the ground: challenges and opportunities for critical feminist psychologies. British Psychological Society (BPS). In: , , , . British Psychological Society (BPS), Psychology of Women and Equalities Section Review, 6 (1) . pp. 5-19 ISSN: 2976-8799 (Print), 2517-4932 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.53841/bpspowe.2023.6.1.5) NB Item availability restricted.

Smith, Rebecca and , Stathi, Sofia (2021), Social dominance orientation, belief in a just world and intergroup contact as predictors of homeless stigmatisation. Routledge - Taylor and Francis. In: , , , . Routledge - Taylor and Francis, Journal of Social Psychology . pp. 1-12 ISSN: 0022-4545 (Print), 1940-1183 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2021.1963204).

Willis, Malachi and , Smith, Rebecca (2021), Sexual consent across diverse sexual behaviors: gender differences and nonconsensual sexual experiences. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Interpersonal Violence . pp. 1-27 ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211044101).

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).

Conference item

Görzig, Anke , Smith, Rebecca, Monks, Claire, Thompson, Jessica , Charafeddine, Dima (2022), Social media ostracism in the context of university and discriminated against group membership. In: Annual Meeting of the Social Psychology section of the British Psychological Society, 5th September 2022, London , . , (doi: ).

Chopra, Priti , Withey, Carol, Ragab, Sara, Smith, Rebecca , Fanghanel, Alexandra (2022), Intimate partner violence: recognising issues and supporting prevention. In: #Its not okay: Sexual Violence Awareness Mini Conference, 11 February 2022, Online , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.