|Developmental scientists in the School of Psychology examine the interplay between genetic, biological and social processes underlying normal and abnormal psychological and physical health development across the life course (in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood).
The Group takes a research orientation to its work, with a practice and policy purpose to its output and has established active collaborative links with research, practice and policy makers at University, national and international levels.
Specialist research areas include:
Quantitative Behaviour Genetics
- Utilisation of genetically sensitive and longitudinal research designs to study children’s emotional, behavioural and academic development.
- Examination of family relationship influences (e.g. inter-parental, parent-child) on children’s emotional, behavioural and academic development;
- Development of evidence-based intervention programmes aimed at improving psychological outcomes for children in high-risk settings (parental separation-divorce, foster care, adoption, maltreatment and domestic abuse, parent psychopathology).
Health and Behaviour
- Examination of biological, psychological and social mechanisms linking pre- and post-natal stress exposure to psychological and physical health outcomes across the life course.
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
- Application of advanced statistical methodology to the analysis of longitudinal data on child and family processes and developmental outcomes.
Find out more about
researchers in the group:
Dr. Doug Barrett
Dr. Darya Gaysina
Prof. Gordon Harold
Dr. Robyn Holliday
Dr. Emma Palmer
Prof. Panos Vostanis
Dr. Kit Elam
Links to our Institutes
and Research groups:
Greenwood Institute of
Behaviour Genetics & Developmental
Psychopathology (BGDP) Research
Collaborations and Partners
Christchurch Health and
Early Growth and Development Study
Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health
and Development Study
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Russian-British Laboratory of
InLab, Goldsmiths, University of
National Survey of Health and
Development (British 1946 Birth
Practice and Policy Collaborators:
Welsh Assembly Government
CAFCASS Cymru (Wales)
The Tavistock Centre for Couple
NHS Leicestershire Partnership Trust