Gemma Rides

Gemma Rides


Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in the relationship between adolescents' social media use and mental health variables. My PhD research is focused on understanding the links between adolescents' online social communicative behaviour, in particular their use of likes, comments and shares, and their levels of anxiety and depression.

I am a member of the Social Development Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London.


I work as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. I currently run workshop and lab classes on the Introduction to Psychological Research module (PS1010) for first year undergraduate students. 

Educational background

Royal Holloway, University of London: BSc (Hons) Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health First Class Honours 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health , BSc (Hons), First Class Honours, Royal Holloway, University of London

External positions

Research Assistant, DCP Digital Healthcare Subcommittee