Dr Rachel Nesbit

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Research interests

Psychological Research

My primary research examines the roles of socio-emotional factors (e.g., social anxiety and depression) and lateralization for emotion processing in adolescent facial emotion recognition. I use a variety of behavioural methods in my research as well as eye-tracking. I am a member of the Social Development Lab at Royal Holloway. I am currently collaborating with the Amsterdam Interdisiplinary Centre for Emotions, researching whether app-based training can improve facial emotion recognition in young adults. 

Pedagogic research

I am currently working alongside  Professor Victoria Bourne examining ways to alleviate statistics anxiety in undergraduate psychology students. 


I am a Teaching Assosicate, primarily teaching research methods and statistics to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. In 2016, I completed the Programme of Skills to Inspire Learning (InSTIL) at Royal Holloway, and am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have previously worked as the statistics tutor for the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS) at Royal Holloway, and as a visiting lecturer for PS2040 (Developmental Psychology).  

I currently teach on the following courses:

  • PS2010 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PS5302 Statistics for Research
  • PS3201/PS3200 Final Year Project (Skills) 

Educational background

Royal Holloway, University of London (2012-2015): BSc (Hons) Psychology, First Class Honours.  

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