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Our research focuses upon different aspects of development and well-being across the lifespan, including implications for education and practice. We have strong local and national links with voluntary and public sector organisations and collaborate on research projects and audits.

Meet our team

Lab Co-ordinator: Lisa Oakley Associate Professor

Ros Bramwell, Professor

Dr Hayley Gilman, Senior Lecturer

Julie Kirkham, Senior Lecturer

Julian Lloyd, Senior Lecturer

Linda O’Neill, Senior Lecturer

Mandy Urquhart, Deputy Head of School

Sarah Vaughan, Lecturer

Some of our current projects

  • Safeguarding children and young people in international Christian work (Dr Lisa Oakley & Dr Moira Lafferty)
  • The long-term effects of parental divorce in the typical population – examining attachment to parents and partner, current relationship satisfaction, self-esteem, anxiety and depression (Dr Linda O’Neill & Dr Julian Lloyd)

  • The role of private speech in primary school children's drawing development (Dr Julie Kirkham)

  • Evaluating an intervention programme for mothers who are at risk of, or have had, their children removed (Dr Lisa Oakley & Dr Mandy Urquhart)

  • Motivations and obstacles relating to the decision to foster (Dr Mandy Urquhart & Dr Hayley Gilman)

  • Developing understanding and effective support for victims of Domestic abuse in the Christian Faith community (Dr Lisa Oakley & Dr Clea Wright)

Recent publications

Oakley, L., Kinmond, K., & Humphreys, J. (2019). Safeguarding Children who are exposed to abuse linked to faith or belief. Child Abuse Review, 28, 27-38.  

Oakley, L., Kinmond, K., Humphreys, J., & Dioum, M. (2017). Practitioner and communities’ awareness of CALFB: Child abuse linked to faith or belief. Child Abuse and Neglect, 72, 276-282.

Kinmond, K., Oakley, L., Humphreys, J., & Dioum, M. (2017). Child abuse linked to faith or belief; An important issue for counselling practice. British Journal of Counselling and Guidance, Sept 1-10.

Kirkham, J, A., Lloyd, J., & Stockton, H. (2018). Development and validation of the retrospective childhood fantasy play scale. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 0 (0), 1-30. 

Schepman,A., Kirkham, J. A., Rodway, P., Lambert, J., & Locke, A. (2018). Shared Meaning in Children’s Evaluations of Art: A Computational Analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. March 5,

Rodway, P., Kirkham, J., Schepman, A., Lambert, J & Locke, A. (2016). The development of shared liking of representational but not abstract art in primary school children and their justifications for liking. Frontiers in Human NeuroScience. 10 (21) doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00021

Murray, L.E., & O'Neill, L.P. (2018). Neuroticism and extraversion mediate the relationship between having a sibling with developmental disabilities and anxiety and depression symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 243, 232-240.DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.042

O'Neill, L.P., & Murray, L.E., (2016). Anxiety and depression symptomatology in adult siblings of individuals with different developmental disability diagnoses. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 51,116-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2015.12.017.

O'Neill, L.P., & Murray, L.E., (2016). Perceived Parenting Styles Fail to Mediate Between Anxiety and Attachment Styles in Adult Siblings of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 46, 3144 -3154. DOI:10.1007/s10803-016-2859-5

Ross, J., Yilmaz-Urquhart, M, Dale, R., Cassidy, R., Yildirirm, I., & Zeedyk, M.S. (2017).  Cultural differences in self-recognition:  the early development of autonomous and related selves?  Developmental Science, 20 (3). DOI: 10.1111/desc/12387.

O'Neill, L., & Murray, L. (2016). Anxiety and depression symptomatology in adult siblings of individuals with different developmental disability diagnoses. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 51-52, 116-125.

Hallam, J., Egan, S., & Kirkham, J. A. (2016). An investigation into the ways in which art is taught in an English Waldorf Steiner school. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 19, 136-145.

Schepman, A., Rodway, P., Pullen, S. J., & Kirkham, J. A. (2015) Shared liking and association valence for representational art but not abstract art. Journal of Vision, 15 (5), 1-10.