Dr Rachel Nesbit
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
South Cloisters 2.05
South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, 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 is continuing her work on this project in the ChYMe group in the College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter. Rachel’s role on the project is to gain an understanding of the barriers and facilitators that exist for adventurous play in schools, with the aim to inform school-based interventions.
Rachel sits on the Developmental Section committee of the British Psychological Society and is Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol). She is also the co-founder of the ECR Developmental Network.
- Ph.D Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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 is currently working 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 is 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).