Developmental Psychology Research Group

The Developmental Psychology Research Group brings together academics with an interest in children and young people’s social development, cognitive development, and their health and well-being. 

The Developmental Psychology Research Group brings together academics with an interest in children and young people’s social development, cognitive development, and their health and well-being. The group is interested in researching how children and young people develop across many different settings, particularly within education (e.g. schools, FE colleges and university) and forensic sectors. The group also coordinates the teaching on the MSc in Child Development, developing the next generation of developmental researchers. MSc and PGR students are welcome as active members of the group. Research within the group is organised under four main strands of activity. The first strand is focused on children in forensic settings and includes research that looks at police interviewing, courtroom examination of vulnerable child witnesses, and trust in the police. The second strand of research looks at children and young people’s relationships with others, including their peer group (bullying), parents/teachers/lecturers (children’s literacy, growth mind-set) and dating relationships (teenage relationship abuse). The third strand looks at children and young people’s emotional well-being (trust, loneliness, children’s humour, emotion recognition in autism, transitions), and the fourth and final strand focuses on children’s cognitive development (children’s understanding of advertising, children’s face perception). The group runs in parallel with activities within the Children and Young People’s Research Network, which is based in Psychology but brings together researchers from across the university. The network is actively involved in developing and maintaining relationships with external partners such as local schools, theatres, social enterprises, charities, youth groups, police, and justice services. Their aim is to work together to conduct research which has real world impact. See www.keele.ac.uk/cyp. The group also has links with the Keele Policing and Academic Collaboration (KPAC), see https://www.keele.ac.uk/kpac.

Sam Andrews (forensic interviewing of vulnerable child witnesses).
Martin Rowley (children and advertising).
Ken Rotenberg (children’s trust, loneliness).
Julie Hulme (student transitions and engagement within HE).
Nick Garnett (growth mind-set; children’s literacy).
Sarah Laurence (children’s face perception).
Lucy James (children’ humour).
Nicola Ralph (school bullying, children with SEND).
Donna Berry (emotion and autism).

We offer a thriving and dynamic environment for both research and teaching excellence. We are proud of our high profile research activity, our external impact, and our strong portfolio of courses. We offer a portfolio of MSc Psychology courses in Child DevelopmentCognitive Psychology, Psychology of Health and Wellbeing and Applied Social and Political Psychology, which integrate well with our research themes.