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Visit Rebecca Webb

Lower Ground Floor, 1 Myddelton Street, Myddelton Street Building


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Rebecca is a PhD student who joined City University in October 2013, perception of emotional expressions after birth in mothers and babies.

Rebecca completed her BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology in July 2013 and was awarded a first class honours degree. During this time she completed a placement at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) where she helped to run parenting groups including the Incredible Years and Non-Violent Resistance.


  1. BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. Member, International Network for Perinatal PTSD Research
  2. Member, British Psychological Society


Research Interests

Rebecca is interested in how mothers and babies perceive emotional expressions after birth and whether this influences interaction patterns.

Current Research

Rebecca's current research develops and tests a model of maternal and infant sensitivity to emotional expressions and mother-infant interaction.

Rebecca has recently developed a database of infant emotions for researchers to utilise.

Completed Research

- A systematic review of cognitive biases towards infant emotion in women with postnatal mental illnesses.
- Research investigating the cognitive biases in people with anxiety and depression using eye-tracking equipment and an attentional blink diagram.
- Research into the effectiveness of a pilot Non-Violent Resistance group-based intervention at CAMHS.

Research Centre

- Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research

Principal Collaborators

- Susan Ayers
- Ansgar Endress


Journal Articles (6)

  1. Webb, R., Ayers, S. and Rosan, C. (2018). A systematic review of measures of mental health and emotional wellbeing in parents of children aged 0–5. Journal of Affective Disorders, 225, pp. 608–617. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.063.
  2. Webb, R., Ayers, S. and Endress, A. (2017). The City Infant Faces Database: A validated set of infant facial expressions. Behavior Research Methods pp. 1–9. doi:10.3758/s13428-017-0859-9.
  3. Webb, R. and Ayers, S. (2015). Cognitive biases in processing infant emotion by women with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder in pregnancy or after birth: A systematic review. Cognition and Emotion, 29(7), pp. 1278–1294. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.977849.
  4. Webb, R. (2015). Cognitive biases in processing infant emotion by women with depression, anxiety and PTSD in pregnancy or after birth: a systematic review. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 33(3), pp. E16–E16.
  5. Webb, R., Ayers, S. and Endress, A. (2015). The Presentation and Validation of the City Baby Face Database. JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY, 33(3), pp. E42–E42.
  6. Newman, M., Fagan, C. and Webb, R. (2014). Innovations in Practice: The efficacy of nonviolent resistance groups in treating aggressive and controlling children and young people: a preliminary analysis of pilot NVR groups in Kent. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH, 19(2), pp. 138–141. doi:10.1111/camh.12049.


Teaching Modules

NM3209-NMM700 Research Methods