Rebecca Upsher

Rebecca Upsher

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Research interests

  • Conducting and encouraging high-quality mixed-methods research to improve student wellbeing and learning through curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.
  • Bridging health and education research.
  • Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into curriculum and assessment to support student learning.
  • Using AI to enhance systematic review processes and identify research gaps.

Biographical details

Dr Rebecca Upsher began her academic journey at King’s College London as an MSc student in Health Psychology, later pursuing a PhD in the Diabetes, Psychiatry & Psychology research group. Throughout her PhD, Rebecca engaged in co-supervising BSc and MSc students across King’s and contributed to the BSc Psychology programme where she developed a passion for teaching in higher education. As a post-doctoral research associate, she worked with Dr Nicola Byrom and Professor Juliet Foster on the Education for Mental Health project, leading research into evaluating curriculum-based interventions to improve wellbeing and learning in university students. Currently, she is a Lecturer in Psychology (Education) on the BSc Psychology programme at King's, where she continues to support research and teaching practices to enhance university student wellbeing and learning. Rebecca is passionate about using her health psychology background to bridge health and education research and uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to advance this field of study. More recently, Rebecca has received funding to explore the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in higher education and to develop innovative assessments integrating AI for undergraduate students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Psychological Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2020

Psychological Medicine, Doctor of Medicine (research), The development of a psychological intervention to optimise insulin initiation in type 2 diabetes, King's College London

1 Jun 20161 Jul 2020

Award Date: 1 Jul 2018

Master in Science, A pilot randomised test of a self-affirmation implementation intention intervention to reduce dietary salt intake. , King's College London

Sept 2014Sept 2015

Bachelor of Science, The provision of Family Therapy for Eating Disorders in an Adult Eating Disorder service., University of Hertfordshire

Sept 2011Jun 2014


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