Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology
London School of Economics and Political Science

I am a social psychologist interested in the mechanisms underlying our human sensitivity to power, status, and group membership: their origins, interactions, and manifestation in societal context.


At the LSE's Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science, I am building up a community of researchers working with me in investigating the psychology of poverty, inequality, and intergroup relations.

current lab members

Jessica Rea Research Associate

Jessica has been managing the evidence review of poverty & decision-making for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and is now focused on writing it up into several journal articles, as well as advancing her own research on mental health and psychosocial well-being among people dealing with homelessness and low socioeconomic status. Jess holds a BA in Psychology and Industrial & Organisational Psychology from the University of South Africa and a MSc in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is currently finishing a PhD in Psychology.


Denise Baron Research Assistant

Denise is a part-time research assistant in the lab, involved in a number of projects. She is leading a team of research assistants working on perceptions of economic inequality for a series of studies funded by the Tobin Project, while also conducting data collection and analysis for our studies of the psychology of scarcity and low social status. Denise holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an MSc in Social & Public Communication from the LSE. Denise has previously worked as a political strategist in the United States, and her Masters dissertation investigated the phenomenon of ‘nationalistic nostalgia’ among UK voters in the wake of the Brexit referendum. She is interested in pursuing a career at the interface of psychology, policy-making and social issues.


Philip Havmose MSc Supervisee

Philip is working on lab studies investigating the impact of resource scarcity on construal level and temporal discounting, building on his dissertation for the LSE MSc in Social & Public Communication. Philip holds a BSc in psychology from the University of Southern Denmark, where he also worked as a research assistant for the PsychMeasure research group. Following his Master’s degree, Philip will be moving to Myanmar for a six-month internship with the UN World Food Programme. In the long run, Philip is planning to pursue a career combining psychology, public health and communication.


Meherunissa Hamid Research Assistant (remote)

Meherunissa has been supporting the evidence review of poverty & decision-making for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and is now providing ad hoc research support on our poverty research, having recently taken up the position of Programme Manager - Childhood TB (Global Fund grant) - at the Global Health Directorate, Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Meherunissa holds a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Newcastle, and two Masters degrees, one in Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases and one in Public Health in Developing Countries, both from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Former Lab Members

Rabia Yavuz Summer Intern

As a summer intern, Rabia supported the analysis of surveys for our studies of perceptions of economic inequality, originally funded by the Tobin Project. Before joining the lab, Rabia was a summer research assistant in Utrecht University's ERCOMER (The Netherlands), and in the PAMER Research Center in Uskudar University (Turkey), where she published an article entitled, “Creating shopping malls as postcolonial spaces through leisure time discourses: the example of shopping malls in Istanbul”. Rabia is currently completing a BA with double major (Psychology & Sociology) and a minor (Turkish Language & Literature) at Istanbul Sehir University, and is working a teaching assistant for Assistant Professor Reyyan Bilge at Sehir University, Turkey. She is working toward further study in the field of social psychology, and can be reached at

Natasha Ann Brigham Research Assistant

Natasha worked as a research assistant on the evidence review of poverty & decision-making for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She holds BA in Psychology from Aalborg University, an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen, and an MSc in Social & Cultural Psychology from the LSE, and is currently a Project Manager with the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues - UK.


I am also affiliated with the Social and Intergroup Relations Lab (SIRL) at the University of Oslo.