Psychology Research

Developmental Psychology




Developmental Psychology is one of our four key research strands in the School of Psychology. Members of our Developmental Psychology group have established a distinctive research profile both nationally and internationally in a number of research areas, including social and cognitive development across the lifespan (infancy through to older adulthood), the development of prejudice and stereotyping, children's conversational skills, child care and protection, developmental psychopathology, and the study of children in forensic contexts (e.g., child witness interviewing). Our developmental psychologists are internationally recognised and award-winning, and their research projects have been funded by major research grants from ESRC, Wellcome Trust, NHS Executive, Big Lottery Fund, Oxfam, Department for International Development, and the University of Kent.

Staff involved in research focused on specific stages of the lifespan include Professor Dominic Abrams, Professor David Williams, Professor Jane Wood, Dr Kirsten Abbott-Smith, Dr Lindsey Cameron, Dr Mike Forrester, Dr David Kelly, Dr Erika Nurmsoo, and Christiana Iordanou.

Our teaching at undergraduate level and on our MSc Developmental Psychology programme is research-led and closely connected to the wide-ranging research expertise and interests of our academic staff. Moreover, we have excellent links with the wider, non-academic community, which supports both our teaching (e.g., with professionals from outside organisations contributing to our postgraduate programme) and research (e.g., with participant recruitment for staff and student research projects). In particular, members of the Developmental Psychology group are committed to sharing their research findings and methodologies with the public at local and national levels. Our outreach events are typically interactive, fun, and informative. The events range from 'Play and Learn' days for young families, to workshops for school children that focus in on topical issues such as cyberbullying and happiness. We have held highly successful large-scale events that bring together practitioners, policy makers, and academics to share knowledge and develop collaborations. Postgraduate and undergraduate students have an opportunity to be involved in delivering these events, gaining valuable experience of communicating research ideas to a non-specialist audience. A central hub for our developmental research and outreach activity is the Kent Child Development Unit.





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Last Updated: 28/09/2018