Dr. Claire Fox

Title: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733330
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Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 1.12
Role: Postgraduate Research Lead in Psychology
Programme Lead for MSc Child Development
Lead - Centre for Research with Children and Young People
Contacting me: Knock and see if I'm free or email me.
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I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Human Psychology from Aston University in 1996 and a PhD from Keele University in 2002. I re-joined the School of Psychology in September 2004 as a Teaching Fellow and Learning Support Tutor, became a lecturer in September 2005 and a Senior Lecturer in 2011. My PhD, supervised by Prof Mike Boulton, focused on identifying the social skills problems that put children at risk of being bullied. Also, I developed and ran a Social Skills Training Programme for children bullied by their peers, and evaluated the effectiveness of this intervention. Following my PhD I worked as a Research Associate in the School of Social Relations on a project to evaluate the work of the NSPCC Schools Teams (2001-2003), and for one year I was a member of the research team based at the University of Birmingham responsible for the National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund.

I am committed to conducting applied social psychological research which has both theoretical and practical implications. In particular, I am interested in the problem of bullying in schools and domestic abuse. Supported by two research grants in 2009 (from the BPS and British Academy) I developed a humour styles questionnaire for children and young people and in 2012 completed a longitudinal study funded by the ESRC to examine the links between children’s humour styles and the problem of bullying in schools, in collaboration with Dr Simon Hunter at the University of Strathclyde and Dr Sian Jones at Oxford Brookes University (project blog). Another collaboration with Prof David Gadd and Professor Ian Butler resulted in a major ESRC award of £385,000 over three years to examine the question of how to prevent more boys from becoming perpetrators of domestic violence in later life (2010-2013). For further details see www.boystomenproject.com. At the same time we led a European wide project supported by a substantial grant under the Daphne III call. The total sum was for 309,000 euros over 2 years 2011-2013. The READAPT project (Relationship Education and Domestic Abuse Prevention Tuition) involved us working with 6 partners across Europe in the UK, Spain, Malta, France, Sweden and Belgium (www.readapt.eu). The research findings from these two projects are presented in our book 'Young Men and Domestic Abuse' published by Routledge in 2015.  

I lead the new Centre for Research with Children and Young People. Within the Centre for Psychological Research I am in the Social Psychological Research Group. 

I am currently collaborating with West Midlands Police on an evaluation of a Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme and with New Vic Borderlines to evaluate the 'Love Hurts?' play shown in local schools. In collaboration with Dr Charlotte Barlow at the University of Lancaster, I am exploring the issue of 'sexting' among young people, in particular, how best to educate young people about the risks involved. 

I currently supervise three PhD students: Lucy James (Humour styles in younger children); Nicola Ralph (Bullying and children with SEND) and Emma Harrison (Bullying in Higher Education). 

 

Selected Publications

  • Fox CL, Hunter SC, Jones SE. 2016. Longitudinal Associations Between Humor Styles and Psychosocial Adjustment in Adolescence. Europe's journal of psychology, vol. 12(3), 377-389. doi> link>
  • Fox CL, Hunter SC, Jones SE. 2016. Children's humor types and psychosocial adjustment. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, vol. 89, 86-91. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Hunter SC, Jones SE. 2015. The Relationship Between Peer Victimization and Children's Humor Styles: It's No Laughing Matter!. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, vol. 24(3), 443-461. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Gadd D, Sim J. 2015. Development of the Attitudes to Domestic Violence Questionnaire for Children and Adolescents. J Interpers Violence, vol. 30(14), 2506-2525. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Corr M-L, Gadd D, Sim J. 2016. Evaluating the effectiveness of domestic abuse prevention education: Are certain children more or less receptive to the messages conveyed?. LEGAL AND CRIMINOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 21(1), 212-227. link> doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Gadd D, Fox CL, Corr M-L, Alger S, Butler I. 2015. Young Men and Domestic Abuse. Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • James L and Fox C. 2016. The development of a humor styles questionnaire for younger children. Humor: international journal of humor research, vol. 29(4). doi> link>
  • James LA and Fox CL. 2016. Children's Understanding of Self-Focused Humor Styles. Eur J Psychol, vol. 12(3), 420-433. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Hunter SC, Jones SE. 2016. Longitudinal Associations Between Humor Styles and Psychosocial Adjustment in Adolescence. Europe's journal of psychology, vol. 12(3), 377-389. doi> link>
  • Hunter SC, Fox CL, Jones SE. 2016. Humor style similarity and difference in friendship dyads. J Adolesc, vol. 46, 30-37. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Hunter SC, Jones SE. 2016. Children's humor types and psychosocial adjustment. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, vol. 89, 86-91. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Hunter SC, Jones SE. 2015. The Relationship Between Peer Victimization and Children's Humor Styles: It's No Laughing Matter!. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, vol. 24(3), 443-461. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Gadd D, Sim J. 2015. Development of the Attitudes to Domestic Violence Questionnaire for Children and Adolescents. J Interpers Violence, vol. 30(14), 2506-2525. link> doi>
  • Gadd D, Fox CL, Hale R. 2014. Preliminary steps towards a more preventative approach to eliminating violence against women in Europe. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, vol. 11(4), 464-480. link> doi>
  • Gadd D, Corr M-L, Fox CL, Butler I. 2014. This is Abuse... Or is it? Domestic abuse perpetrators' responses to anti-domestic violence publicity. CRIME MEDIA CULTURE, vol. 10(1), 3-22. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Jones SE, Stiff CE, Sayers J. 2014. Does the gender of the bully/victim dyad and the type of bullying influence children's responses to a bullying incident?. Aggress Behav, vol. 40(4), 359-368. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Corr M-L, Gadd D, Sim J. 2016. Evaluating the effectiveness of domestic abuse prevention education: Are certain children more or less receptive to the messages conveyed?. LEGAL AND CRIMINOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 21(1), 212-227. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Hale R, Gadd D. 2014. Domestic abuse prevention education: listening to the views of young people. SEX EDUCATION-SEXUALITY SOCIETY AND LEARNING, vol. 14(1), 28-41. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Corr ML, Gadd D, Butler I. 2013. Young teenagers' experiences of domestic abuse. Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 17(4), 510-526. doi>
  • Farrow CV and Fox CL. 2011. Gender differences in the relationships between bullying at school and unhealthy eating and shape-related attitudes and behaviours. British Journal of Educational Psychology, vol. 81(3), 409-420. link> doi>
  • Fox CL, Elder T, Gater J, Johnson E. 2010. The association between adolescents' beliefs in a just world and their attitudes to victims of bullying. British Journal of Educational Psychology, vol. 80(2), 183-198. doi>
  • Fox CL and Farrow CV. 2009. Global and physical self-esteem and body dissatisfaction as mediators of the relationship between weight status and being a victim of bullying. J Adolesc, vol. 32(5), 1287-1301. link> doi>
  • FOX CL and Butler I. 2009. Evaluating the effectiveness of a school-based counselling service in the UK. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol. 37(2), 95-106. doi>
  • FOX CL and Butler, I. 2007. “If you don't want to tell anyone else you can tell her”: Young people's views on school counselling. . British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol. 35(1), 97-114. link> doi>
  • FOX CL and Boulton, MJ. 2006. Longitudinal Associations Between Submissive/Nonassertive Social Behaviour and Different Types of Peer Victimization. Violence and Victims, vol. 21(3), 383-400. doi>
  • Fox CL and Boulton MJ. 2006. Friendship as a moderator of the relationship between social skills problems and peer victimisation. AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR, vol. 32(2), 110-121. link> doi>
  • ROTENBERG KJ, Boulton, M.J., Fox, C.L.. 2005. Cross-sectional and longitudinal relations among children's trust beliefs, psychological maladjustment, and social relationships: Are very high as well as very low trusting children at risk?. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, vol. 33(5), 595-610. link> doi>
  • Fox CL and Boulton MJ. 2005. The social skills problems of victims of bullying: Self, peer and teacher perceptions. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 75, 313-328. link> doi>
  • Rotenberg KJ, Boulton MJ, Fox CL. 2005. Construction and validation of a children's interpersonal trust scale. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, vol. 23, 271-292. doi>
  • Hartley J, Rock J, Fox CL. 2005. Teaching psychology students to write structured abstracts. Psycholgy Teaching Review, vol. 11(1), 2-11.
  • Edwards AE and Fox CL. 2005. Using Activity Theory to evaluate a complex response to social exclusion. Educational and Child Psychology, vol. 21(1), 51-61.
  • Hartley J, Sotto E, Fox CL. 2004. Clarity across the disciplines: An analysis of texts in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities. Science Communication, vol. 26(2), 188-210. doi>
  • Hartley J and Fox C. 2004. Assessing the mock viva: The experiences of British doctoral students. Studies in Higher Education, vol. 29(6), 727-738. doi>
  • Rotenberg KJ, McDougall P, Boulton MJ, Vallancourt T, Fox CL, Hymel S. 2004. Cross-sectional and longitudinal relations among peer reported trustworthiness, social relationships, and psychological adjustment in children and early adolescents from the United Kingdom and Canada. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 88(1), 46-67. doi>
  • Fox CL and Boulton MJ. 2003. A social skills training (SST) programme for victims of bullying. Pastoral Care in Education, vol. 21(2), 19-26. doi>
  • Hartley J, Pennebaker JW, Fox CL. 2003. Abstracts, introductions and discussions: How far do they differ in style?. Scientometrics, vol. 57(3), 389-398. doi>
  • Fox CL and Boulton MJ. 2003. Evaluating the effectiveness of a social skills training (SST) programme for victims of bullying. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol. 45(3), 231-247. link> doi>
  • Gellatly ARH, Cole G, Fox C, Johnson M. 2003. Response inhibition can affect reaction time to abrupt onset displays. Perception, vol. 32(12), 1377-1391. doi>
  • Hartley J, Pennebaker JW, Fox C. 2003. Using new technology to assess the academic writing styles of male and female pairs and individuals. Journal of Technical Writing & Communication, vol. 33(3), 243-261. doi>
  • O'Neill SA, Ivaldi A, Fox C. 2002. Exploring the identity and subjectivity of 'talented' adolescent girls. Feminism and Psychology, vol. 12(2), 153-159.
  • Hartley J and Fox CL. 2002. The viva experience: Examining the examiners. Higher Education Review, vol. 35(1), 24-30.

Other

  • Hartley J, Rock J, Fox C. 2001. The effects of teaching students to write structured abstracts. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society.

Year 1

  • PSY-10017 : Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY-10019 : Applied Psychology

Year 2

  • PSY-20012 : Developmental and Social Psychology
  • PSY-20013 : Survey and Qualitative Research Methods

Year 3

  • PSY-30061 : Final Year Project
  • PSY-30126 : The Psychology of Deviance
  • PSY-30127 : Psychology in Education

PG level

I am programme lead for the MSc in Child Development and Module Leader for PSY-40046: Advanced Study in Child Development. 

My excellence in learning and teaching was recognised in 2010 with a Keele University Teaching Excellence Award.

Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS; Senior Fellow of the HEA. 

External Examiner at Nottingham Trent University: MSc Applied Child Psychology.

Editorial Board for Aggressive Behaviour and I review for numerous journals including: Social  Development; Journal of Adolescence; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; British Journal of Educational Psychology; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Developmental Psychology; Child Development; Personality and Individual Differences. 

Member of ESRC Peer Review College.

Advisor for NIHR Panels.