Roxanne Hawkins (UFAW scholarship, Scottish SPCA scholarship)

Doctoral Researcher


I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) from Bangor University and in 2012 with a Master of Research (MRes) from the University of Roehampton. My early research included experimental, biological and behavioural techniques to study psychopathology in both human and non-human primates. I then worked as a data administrator for a medical company before moving to Edinburgh in 2014 to take on a research assistant role. I worked in collaboration with the Scottish SPCA to scientifically evaluate an animal cruelty prevention programme in schools throughout Scotland before beginning my PhD in 2015.  My current goal as a PhD student is to gain a scientific understanding of the psychological factors underlying both positive and negative aspects of child-animal relationships and to design and evaluate new interventions to prevent childhood animal cruelty. I also work as a tutor for MSc programmes and have taken on various other research assistant roles during my time here at Edinburgh.


BSc, MRes

Responsibilities & affiliations

Works in collaboration with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Also collaborates with the University of Columbia. 

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People: Co-supervision of two MSc students. MSc in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion): Tutor for Conceptual and Theoretical Psychology and Discovering Development. Mental Health & Well-being of Children, Young People & Families (Online Distance Learning): Tutor for Developmental Well-being.

Current project grants

Scottish SPCA scholarship (fully funded PhD)

Past project grants

UFAW student scholarship