Dr Rebecca Yeates

Dr Rebecca Yeates


Rebecca is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Academic Tutor on the Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of Leeds.

She also currently works two days a week at the University of Sheffield leading a research project.

She has previously worked in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children and young people who are having a different experience of their gender identity.

Research interests

Broadly, my research interests fall within the areas of young people and health and wellbeing. As part of a research group at the University of Sheffield, I have been investigating what factors support young people to cope with the chronic health condition, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Most recently, I have been interested in how trait self-compassion can enhance coping efforts and improve quality of life when living with IBD. I am currently leading on a research project which aims to investigate whether cultivating self-compassion in a psychological intervention, as an adjunct intervention to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), can reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life in young people diagnosed with IBD.

I am also interested in identifying psychological factors which could support the wellbeing of children and young people who are having a different experience of their gender identity.

Research supervision

Chloe Lack (DClinPsy): Trait self-compassion and psychological outcomes in gender diverse young people

Eva Ma (DClinPsy): Experiences of social transition in young people assigned male at birth

Bethany Carrington (DClinPsy): Understanding non-improvement in psychological therapy: A qualitative meta-synthesis

Scott Roache (DClinPsy): Exploring father’s experiences of gender diversity

Annie Wray (DClinPsy, Sheffield): Self-compassion for parents of children with IBD

Research Grants

Crohn's & Colitis UK. Rowse, G., Yeates, R., Sirois, F., Brooks, A., & Lobo, A. A pilot and feasibility trial of a group mindfulness and self-compassion intervention for young people diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (awarded in 2018). £118,000


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) - University of Sheffield, 2017
  • Masters in Applied Forensic Psychology (Msc) - University of York, 2010
  • Psychology and Philosophy (Bsc, Hons), University of Leeds, 2008

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences