Dr Therese Shepherd
About Dr Therese Shepherd
Dr Therese Shepherd completed her PhD at the University of Leeds. She began working as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett in 2013, before which she worked at the University of West London. Therese teaches on the BSc and MSc Psychology courses and also supervises PhD students. She is a level 4 tutor and part of the equality and diversity, widening participation and transition to higher education teams. Her research explores the repressive coping style and links between impulsivity, stress, emotion regulation and addiction.
Therese teaches on all levels of the BSc Psychology degree, as well as on the MSc Psychology course. She mainly teaches biological psychology flavoured modules and leads or contributes to the following:
- Mind, Brain and Behaviour
- Behavioural Neuroscience
- Biopsychology of Stress and Health
- The Embodied Mind
Therese also acts as a personal tutor and supervises final year projects and PhDs.
Therese’s doctoral research explored the mechanisms that may underlie the cognitive, behavioural and physiological response profile of those who display a repressive style of coping. Developing an understanding of these mechanisms can help form interventions aimed at reducing the negative health outcomes that characterise this style of coping. She continues to work on projects in this area, exploring factors that may lead to the development of potentially dangerous cognitive processing biases.
Therese is also involved in research into addiction, exploring how factors such as attentional bias, stress, emotion regulation and impulsivity may contribute to risk at the different stages of the addiction cycle. She is also supervising projects exploring links between these risk factors and eating behaviour. This is with a view to informing interventions aimed at reducing addictive behaviour and unhealthy eating patterns.