Our experts Research Centre for Children, Schools and Families

Members of the centre have experience of a range of methods from Random Control Trials (RCTs), to large surveys and experimental, field and laboratory studies.

The centre is able to draw upon expertise across the School and university for example from the Schools of Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Education. We also have a number of postgraduate students attached to the Centre.


Academic staff

Professor Pam Maras - Director

Pam researches and publishes in the applied area of widening participation and social inclusion; particularly in relation to children and young people's self-concept, social identity, learning and behaviour and inter-agency working with young people.

Professor Roslyn Corney

Roslyn's recent work includes both quantitative and qualitative studies in a range of predominantly health- related areas. These include the psycho-social impact of breast cancer on young women, their partners and families, and studies of female internet gambling in women.

Dr Sajid Humayun

Sajid researches the development of conduct problems, delinquency (including gang membership) and psychopathic traits, particularly in relation to parenting and attachment, and evaluates interventions for these problems.

Karen McCallum

Karen is a PhD candidate in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study (University of London). She has a research background in interdisciplinary social sciences and draws primarily from the areas of Indigenous Studies, Sociology (social psychology, sociology of emotions and social movement studies) and Feminist Theory for her PhD research. Her PhD project aims to strengthen and support cross-cultural working relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians by interrogating the psycho-social barriers that inhibit non-Indigenous from engaging meaningfully with Indigenous political aspirations.

Dr Claire Monks

Claire's research interests lie in the area of bullying and school violence. I am especially interested in the developmental issues in relation to peer-victimisation; in particular the origins of peer-victimisation among preschool children and the nature and extent of cyberbullying among primary school pupils.

Professor Carl Parsons

Carl has a background in sociology and has taught in primary, secondary and young offender institutions. He has published on school exclusion and its relationship with ethnicity and poverty, evaluation, the health promoting school, inter-agency working, critiques of education and social policy initiatives to promote equality and inclusion.

Dr Damian Poulter

Damian is researching into perception and action, developmental trends in visual perception in children and elderly adults, and implications for driving behaviour.

Stella Tsermentseli

Stella's research focuses on neuropsychology, neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI), neuroanatomy, and psychophysics in abnormal development and neurodegenerative disease.

Amy Moon

Amy project manages the research conducted within the Research Centre for Children, Schools and Families and maintains the Learning Evaluation Research Network (LERN). Amy is particularly interested in the psychosocial factors and processes underpinning resilience and wellbeing.

Postgraduate students

Vanessa Fortune

Vanessa is on a VC Scholarship, part funded by the Premier League, researching the impact local charities, affiliate to professional football clubs, have on young women's aspirations and behaviours.