I am a developmental psychologist with research interests in child and adolescent health and mental health, the development of health concepts, developmental disabilities and children’s interactions with animals.
My career in Edinburgh began as a post-doctoral research fellow examining psychological factors associated with child and adolescent injuries. In 1996, I took a two-year lectureship in Psychology, and from 1998 to 2012 I was lecturer/senior lecturer in psychology, in Moray House School of Education.
Since 2012 I have been senior lecturer in Clinical and Health Psychology. I coordinate Children, Adolescents and Animals Research (CAAR), the Edinburgh Child and Adolescent Research Network (ECAP), and I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology. I am Programme Director for the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) and contribute developmental psychology teaching on a range of postgraduate programmes.
I am always interested to hear from students wishing to pursue research degrees. I am particularly interested to work with students on the role of animals in children’s development and mental health, animal assisted therapies for children and adolescents, and psychological factors in child and adolescent cruelty to animals. Please also contact me if you wish to research children’s understanding of mental health/illness or evaluate psycho-education interventions.