Heather Ransom

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Supervisors Contact Details
Dr Rebecca Monk
Prof. Derek Heim
Department of Psychology
Edge Hill University
L39 4QP
Email: Heather Ransom
Office: LP 2.27

Research Interests

Underpinned by Social Identity Theory, my research investigates how people transition out of high control religions. Previous research has documented that this process can be associated with experiences of ostracism and ‘shunning’ and I am interested in how individuals overcome such threats to their self, post religious exit.


Ransom, H., Monk, R.L., & Heim, D. (In Press). Grieving the Living: The Social Death of Former Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Journal of Religion and Health

Spiridon, E., Davies, J., Kaye, L. K., Nicolson, R. I., Tang, B. W. X., Tan, A. J. Y., & Ransom, H. J. (2021). Exploring the impact of group identity at university on psychological and behavioural outcomes. Journal of Further and Higher Education 45 (7), 932-942. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1831450

Ransom, H., Monk, R.L., Qureshi, A. W., & Heim, D. (In Press). Life After Social Death: Leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Identity Transition and Recovery. Pastoral Psychology.

Spiridon, E., Kaye, L. K., Nicolson, R. I., Ransom, H. J., Tan, A. J. Y., & Tang, B. W. X. (2020). Integrated Learning Communities as a peer support initiative for first year university students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 50 (7), 394-405 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12668

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