Jeffrey Gavin


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Dr Jeff Gavin is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Department of Psychology. As a Critical Social Psychologist, he has an established programme of research examining how identities are constructed and negotiated through online communication. He is particularly interested in internet dating, social media, and online support, stalking and revenge porn. His work involves both textual and visual analyses of online interactions, as well as the design and implementation of online support in collaboration with colleagues in Human-Computer-Interaction. Dr Gavin has engaged in consultancy work with in the UK and Japan, and had funding from the National Institute for Health Research and Alcohol Research UK.

Research interests

  • Self & identity online
  • Online relationships, Social networking sites, and online support
  • Research ethics online

Research interests

internet dating

online identities

online support

online stalking & revenge porn

ethical issues in online research


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Projects 2012 2017

Research Output 2001 2019

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Attributions of victim responsibility in revenge pornography

Gavin, J. & Scott, A., 3 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. 11, 4, p. 263-272 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The attractiveness, trustworthiness and desirability of autistic males' online dating profiles

Gavin, J., Rees-Evans, D., Duckett, A. & Brosnan, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 98, p. 189-195 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The presentation of self-harm recovery: A Thematic Analysis of YouTube videos

Ryan-Vig, S., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K., 2019, In : Deviant Behavior. 40, 12, p. 1596-1608 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

study materials


A phenomenological analysis of the expressive and communicative functions of deliberate self-harm

Author: Bandalli, P., 1 Oct 2011

Supervisor: Rodham, K. (Supervisor) & Gavin, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Impression formation on social network sites during university transition

Author: Doodson, J., 1 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Gavin, J. (Supervisor) & Joiner, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Internet of Things for Long Distance Parent-Adult Child Relationships

Author: Patil, B., 3 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Stanton Fraser, D. (Supervisor) & Gavin, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The information preferences of those with food allergies and food intolerances: Learning from social media

Author: Hamshaw, R. J. T., 7 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Barnett, J. (Supervisor), Gavin, J. (Supervisor) & Lucas, J. S. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Understanding the impact of self-harm on friendship: A qualitative approach

Author: Heath, H., 9 May 2016

Supervisor: Gavin, J. (Supervisor) & Rodham, K. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD