Jeffrey Gavin


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Research interests

Dr Jeff Gavin is a 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 networking sites, and online support. 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 currently has funding from the National Institute for Health Research and the University Teaching Development Fund.

Research interests

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

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Projects 2012 2017

Complex Regional Pain Sydrome Study

Gavin, J. & Rodham, K. J.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2001 2018

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining: How to Cope When Your Research Does Not Go to Plan

Rodham, K., Gavin, J., Coulson, N. & Watts, L., 2018, In : SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations

A Content Analysis of Thinspiration, Fitspiration, and Bonespiration on social media

Talbot, C., Gavin, J., Van Steen, T. & Morey, Y., 26 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Eating Disorders. 5, 1, 40.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Media
Body Image
Imagery (Psychotherapy)

Impression formation on social network sites during university transition

Doodson, J., 2017, 474 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

social network

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

Ryan-Vig, S., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K., 25 Oct 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Deviant Behavior.

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


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