Dr Michelle Tester-Jones is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter whose research interests include cognitive mechanisms in depression and factors that impact mental health and well-being in natural environments.

She is working on the pan-European survey component of BlueHealth, examining self-determination theory in relation to exposure to natural environments, and its effects on mental health and well-being.

Michelle joined the University of Exeter in 2010 on an Exeter Graduate Fellowship funded PhD studentship in the Mood Disorders Centre. During this PhD, she examined how cognitive mechanisms in postnatal depression affect maternal sensitivity and responsiveness.

Michelle completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter in 2008 and continued her studies with an Mres in Psychological Research Methods from 2009 to 2010. During these degrees, she undertook projects exploring factors affecting parenting style and adolescent mental health, and mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy training for parents.