Dr Mike Jestico

Dr Mike Jestico


I am a Teaching and Scholarship Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds.

Having gained my BSc Psychology from the Open University and my doctorate in Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2020, I joined the University of Leeds as Teaching Fellow in 2021.


  • Level 3 coordinator

Research interests

I am interested in men’s health inequalities, particularly in relation to resilence, well-being and positive psychology.

Men in poverty are often stigmatised and blamed for their poor health and well-being. My PhD research showed that men in poverty have high levels of resilience to deprivation and overcome many obstacles to creating positive health and well-being for themselves.

Belonging at university is important for well-being and academic achievement. I am particularly interested in marginalised groups and how they experience belonging.


  • PhD Health Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Associate Fellow of the HEA

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society
  • Member of BPS Division of Male Psychology
  • Member of BPS Division of Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP)

Student education

I teach qualitative research methods to to all levels of UG and PGT students. I supervise final year project students with an interest in positive well-being, belonging and qualitative methods.

My teaching is oriented around my research interests in male psychology, specifically positive behaviours towards health, mental health and well-being.



<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>