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Dr Nicola Ralph
Nicola completed her PhD in 2018, supervised by Prof Claire Fox and Dr Yvonne Skipper. She is now a Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology at Keele. Her research focused on bullying and victimisation in children with and without SEND. This research investigated bullying at both the individual level and at the school level, and recruited 1,599 students from across 9 high schools. Nicola is now interested in focusing on bystander behaviours in bullying, particularly in children with SEND. She is currently planning several final year projects with students to investigate bullying further.
Dr Alexandra Lamont
Dr Alexandra Lamont researches children and young people's engagement with music, from a diversity of perspectives. She is particularly interested in questions of musical identity - what it means to think of oneself as a musician - and access and inclusion in music-making. She has worked with children and young people of all ages using a range of methods, and is leading a project on Instrumental Journeys which includes many non-academic partners in the local, national and international arenas (www.instrumentaljourneys.com). She is a former editor of the interdisciplinary journal Psychology of Music and a trustee of the Society for Education, Music & Psychology Research, as well as serving on the editorial boards of numerous journals including Education Studies, International Journal of Music in Early Childhood, and Music Education Research International. She is a former adviser to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on the music National Curriculum. At Keele she teaches on happiness and wellbeing, unusual aspects of psychology, and practical module on making a difference with psychology as well as leading core MSc research training and contributing to the MSc in Health & Wellbeing.
Nick works as a Lecturer within the School of Psychology at Keele University. His research is mainly focussed on how pupils can achieve positive educational outcomes. Nick is interested in all antecedents of this from individual psychological processes to government policy. For example, the Stoke Reads Mindset Kit was developed to help teachers promote a growth mindset culture within their classrooms (you can download this for free on this website). This was a co-collaborative project between researchers at Keele University, the City of Stoke-on-Trent Council, and local teachers. Future work will investigate how diversity within schools (e.g. mix of socioeconomic backgrounds) and the types of schools (e.g. grammar, academy) can influence both educational outcomes and our psychology as we develop into adults and beyond. He is also a trustee of Skills2Build Education, a charity which promotes construction education and careers, in which he advises on research and strategy.
Prof. Kate Dunn
Prof Kate Dunn's research focuses on the epidemiology of pain conditions such as back, neck and knee pain, taking a biopsychosocial and lifecourse perspective. She has a particular interest in musculoskeletal pain in children, in particular prevalence, risk factors, trajectories and prognosis in the population and primary care. She has expertise in investigating how epidemiological findings can influence treatments and services for musculoskeletal conditions, in particular working with multidisciplinary colleagues. She has published over 100 peer reviewed publications on musculoskeletal pain. Her research has had impact internationally, for example research-led instruments such as the STarT Back Tool have been implemented in health systems across the world, and findings on adverse effects of opioid medications are cited in numerous National clinical guidelines.
Dr Sarah Rose
Dr Sarah Rose is the Director of Staffordshire University’s Psychology Children’s Lab. Her research focuses on children’s creative development, including their artistic abilities and their divergent thinking. She is involved in several projects examining children’s drawing ability. These include looking at education and cross-cultural influences on children’s representational and expressive drawing development. Sarah has also carried out research into the extent to which screen time influences children’s creative development. The evidence that she has found so far suggests that screen time may not be as damaging as the popular press might have us believe. This is a welcome message to the parents of young children.
Dr Hayley Gilman
Following five years working as a Teaching Fellow at Keele University, Hayley is now a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chester. Hayley’s principal research interests lie in developmental psychology, particularly the field of explicit and implicit associative effects of advertising on children's, adolescents' and adults brand attitudes. Hayley recently submitted her PhD at Keele University (2018) which investigated both explicit and implicit responses that children make when a celebrity is used to promote a fictitious brand, to observe how persuasive visual advertisements truly are. Hayley explored literature into advertising literacy to examine how a child’s conceptual knowledge and affective scepticism to advertisements can affect both explicit and implicit brand preferences. Hayley is also a BPS Developmental Section Committee Member and regularly attends meetings and annual conferences.
Prof. Claire Fox
Prof. Claire Fox is committed to conducting applied social psychological research which has both theoretical and practical implications. In particular, she is interested in the problem of bullying in schools and domestic abuse. Her involvement in a ground-breaking ESRC funded study, ‘From Boys to Men’, which examines the question of how to prevent more boys from becoming perpetrators of domestic violence in later life, led to Claire managing the research stream on a wider EU funded project, working with six partners across Europe to evaluate domestic abuse prevention programmes and develop new service provision in Malta. She also led another high-profile ESRC study assessing the link between how children use humour and the problem of bullying in schools. Her current projects include working with West Midlands Police on an evaluation of a ‘Mentors in Violence Prevention’ Programme and with New Vic Borderlines on an evaluation of the play ‘Love Hurts?’ Claire is currently supervising two PhD students: Charlotte Bagnall and Emma Harrison.
Dr Lucy James
Lucy works as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology. She completed her PhD at Keele University in 2016 supervised by Dr Claire Fox. Her research examined associations between both adaptive and maladaptive uses of humour and adjustment in children. This involved designing and evaluating a short intervention delivered to local school children aimed at encouraging more positive uses of humour. In particular, Lucy is now keen to learn more about how different styles of humour develop. She is currently enjoying supervising an MSc in Child Development project investigating associations between children’s humour styles and emotional intelligence and is continuing research exploring topics such as use of humour in everyday and children's experiences of the 2018 World Cup.
Dr Sarah Laurence
Dr Sarah Laurence’s research investigates face perception. Faces convey a wealth of information (e.g. an individual's identity, emotional expression, age, attention, attractiveness) and perceiving this information is important in both social situations and applied settings. Sarah is particularly interested in face identification. She investigates how this ability changes across the lifespan, what factors make some faces more difficult to identify than others, and why some people are better at face identification than others. Sarah is currently working on a British Academy/Leverhulme project with Eloise de Carvalho (MSc student) to investigate how children learn the faces of newly encountered people.
Dr Sam Andrews
Sam Andrews is an incoming Developmental Psychology Lecturer who will be based in the School of Psychology from July 2017. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Politics, Psychology, and Sociology BA (Hons) in 2014, and graduated again from the University of Cambridge in 2017 with an MA and PhD in Psychology. Sam’s research interests focus on the application of developmental, cognitive, and social psychology to inform and improve practice and public policy. She is particularly interested in the interface between psychology and criminal or family law, and has conducted research in the US and UK investigating how children are questioned about alleged sexual abuse by police officers in forensic interviews, and how children are questioned in court by prosecutors and defence lawyers.