School of Health in Social Science


Meet the caar team & find out about the Child-Animal Interaction Research Network

The caar team

Academics PhD and Doctoral students
Prof Jo Williams

Laura Wauthier

Dr Janine Muldoon Unaiza Iqbal
Dr Monja Knoll

Amber Arnold

  Emma Hawkins (Psychiatry)
  Lianne White (DClinPsych)
  Jill Steel
  Xiaoshan Yin
  Jillian Bradfield

MSc Students: every year we have between 5 and 20 MSc students working with us on their research dissertations, which are closely aligned to the research interests of caar.


Child-Animal Interaction Research Network: CAIRN

 CAIRN brings together academic researchers from different universities who are actively investigating relationships between children and animals.

Network Members University of Edinburgh
Emma Hawkins  Data Administrator/PhD student, Division of Psychiatry
Dr Monja Knoll  Senior Teaching Fellow, Clinical and Health Psychology
Dr Janine Muldoon Research Fellow, Clinical and Health Psychology
Laura Wauthier MScR student, Clinical and Health Psychology
Professor Joanne Williams  Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology, Clinical and Health Psychology
Network Members Other universities
Elsa Canelo PhD student, New University Lisbon
Dr Dasha Grajfoner Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Roxanne Hawkins Lecturer, School of Media, Culture & Society, University of the West of Scotland
Professor Kirsten Meints   Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Lincoln
Dr Liz Paul Senior Research Fellow, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol
Rebecca Purewal PhD student, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool/ University of Bristol
Dr Sarah-Jane Vick Department of Psychology, University of Stirling
Dr Deborah Wells Animal Behaviour Centre, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Carri Westgarth Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

If you are interested in joining the network, please contact Professor Joanne Williams or Dr Janine Muldoon -