School of Health in Social Science

Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology

We are a group of clinical psychologists, academic psychologists and researchers interested in the application of theories and models of developmental psychology in a variety of applied settings; these include:



  • community settings
  • education
  • social justice
  • social care
  • mental health & well being related services

We are particularly interested in translational aspects of how developmental psychology concepts can be applied to further prevention, clinical practice, educational goals, and an understanding of how children and young people grow and adapt to their often challenging experiences and contexts.

The overarching aspiration of our group is to enhance children and young people’s well being as well as their recovery in the face of mental health problems. This underpins our core research activities, teaching and knowledge exchange in collaboration with partners in the NHS, voluntary organisations, education and social services.

Our research is mainly focused on understanding risk and resilience in view of individual development, mental health and well being of children and young people. We pursue these aims in experimental and basic scientific projects as well as applied population based investigations and clinical trials. With further hold a perspective on service development and implementation we aim to further and develop evidence based treatments in preventative, health and mental health settings, that are informed by key developmental factors.