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.

I spent ten years at Leeds Trinity University prior to joining the University of Leeds. 


  • 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.


  • 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 UG and PGT students. I supervise final year project students with an interest in positive well-being and qualitative methods.

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

I supervise final year undergraduate projects and act as a personal tutor to groups of students in each undergraduate year group and PGT.