Dr Amanda Gillooly

Research Fellow


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity at the Moray House School of Education. I completed a PhD in psychology in the school of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde, and previously worked as a Research Associate in the Moray House School of Education, investigating the experiences of children with developmental disabilities and their families. The current project (funded by ESRC) involves working with children with ASN, their parents and professionals in order to identify the changes required to promote children's rights as intended by recent legislation. This project also intends to work with parents and professionals to identify what they can do to support children's rights in practice.   




I completed an undergraduate degree in psychology (2012), MSc in Research Methods in psychology (2013) and PhD (2018) in the school of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde. My PhD investigates atypicalities of social functioning in children with Williams syndrome, specifically social vulnerability and peer relations.


Research summary

I am interested in atypicalities of social functioning among children and young people with developmental disabilities, including social vulnerabilities and peer relationships. I am also interested in family dynamics, sibling relationships and experiences in families who have a child with a developmental disability.   

Project activity

2018: Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Needs: A New Paradigm.  

2017 - 2018: The role of family system factors in psychological outcomes for children with rare genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disabilities (Baily Thomas Charitable Fund) - Dr Katie Cebula (Principle Investigator), Prof Deborah Riby, Prof Richard Hastings, Dr Laura Coulthard.