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 2019

Perceptions of food hypersensitivity expertise on social media: A qualitative study

Hamshaw, R. J. T., Barnett, J., Gavin, J. & Lucas, J. S., 31 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Interactive Journal of Medical Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Gavin, J., Rees-Evans, D., Duckett, A. & Brosnan, M., 20 Apr 2019, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 98, p. 189-195

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Ryan-Vig, S., Gavin, J. & Rodham, K., 1 Apr 2019, In : Deviant Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

study materials

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


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