Dr Rachel Nesbit
Washington Singer 242
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
Dr Rachel Nesbit completed her BSc (2015) and Ph.D (2019) in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. During her Ph.D Rachel examined the role of social anxiety, depression and lateralisation for emotion processing in adolescent facial emotion recognition. Rachel has previously held the role as Teaching Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London where she primarily taught research methods and statistics. In 2020, Rachel moved to the University of Reading to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow employed as part of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship examining adventurous play as a mechanism for reducing the risk of childhood anxiety. Rachel continued her work on this project in the ChYMe group in the Medical School at the University of Exeter. Rachel’s role on the project was to gain an understanding of the barriers and facilitators that exist for adventurous play in schools, with the aim to inform school-based interventions.
In August 2023, Rachel moved to the Department of Psychology to take up the role of Lecturer in Psychology. As part of her role, Rachel will be running the third year seminar on the Psychology of Play.
- Ph.D Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
Dr Rachel Nesbit has a broad interest in developmental psychology, childhood mental health and play. She has previously worked on a range of research projects in the areas of social cognition, statistics anxiety, language development and mental health.
Rachel previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow as part of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (awarded to Professor Helen Dodd), examining the links between adventurous play and childhood anxiety. Rachel’s role on the project was to gain an understanding of the barriers and facilitators that exist for allowing children opportunities and engagement in adventurous play in schools. Rachel is currently carrying out qualitative research with parents, teachers and school staff, with the aim to inform school-based interventions.
- Adventurous play as a mechanism for reducing risk of childhood anxiety
External Engagement and Impact
British Psychological Society (BPS) Developmental Section Committee Member (2017 - present).
Thursdays 2-3pm (via MS teams, please email Rachel for a joining link)