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Claire Monks

Claire Monks BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MSc, PhD

Claire Monks

Claire Monks
BSc Hons, PGCertHE, MSc, PhD

Reader in Developmental Psychology and Deputy Head

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Claire Monks is a Reader in Developmental Psychology and Deputy Head for the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

Claire has been programme leader since 2014 on MSc Research (Psychology) and MPhil/PhD Psychology and lectures on BSc Hons Psychology, and BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programmes. She is also the Link tutor for Erasmus with the University of Córdoba, Spain.

Claire's research and lecturing interest is developmental psychology, particularly on aggressive behavior. She has researched on developmental origins of aggressive and bullying behavior among young children when they first enter school, examined cyberbullying among primary school aged pupils and dating aggression among adolescents.

Claire has research links with international colleagues and has published collaboratively with colleagues in Europe, Asia and South America.

Posts held previously:

  • 2006-14, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich
  • 2003-06, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
  • 2001-03, Lecturer, Kingston University
  • 2000, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Reader in Developmental Psychology and Deputy Head, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling
  • Leads on MSc Research (Psychology); MPhil/PhD Psychology programmes
  • Course lecturer on BSc Hons Psychology; and BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programmes
  • Link tutor for Erasmus

Memberships/examiner:

  • Birkbeck University of London
  • University of Northampton, to 2014
  • Member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance
  • Member of the British Psychological Society


Editorial/other:

  • Editorial Board Member for Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research
  • Editorial Board Member of Psicologia Educativa
  • Reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Associate Editor for Psychology, Society and Education

Claire's area of research interest is developmental psychology, studying children's behaviour and peer-relationships; in particular the development of aggression, bullying and cyberbullying. She is also interested in the use of social network analysis and longitudinal analyses.

Funded research projects

  • Principal investigator on a study of online ostracism, University of Greenwich, 2015
  • Co-investigator on study of children's transition to school, University of Greenwich, 2015
  • Principal investigator on a study examining the relationship between theory of mind and young children's social behaviour with peers, 2014
  • Principal investigator on a study developing methods for examining the group nature of peer-victimisation among pre-schoolers using SNA, University of Greenwich, 2013
  • Principal investigator on a study developing methods for examining the group nature of peer-victimisation among pre-schoolers using SNA, University of Greenwich, 2013
  • Principal Investigator on a study developing observational methods of peer-victimisation. Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich, 2012
  • Member of Research Team for a study on psychosocial factors in anti-social behaviour and bullying in pupils aged 6-17 years, led by Professor Pam Maras. Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich, 2012
  • Cross Regional Opportunities: Improving Social Cohesion (CROIS). The European Regional Development Fund, Interreg IVA Cross Channel Programme, Led by Professor Pam Maras, 2011
  • Principal Investigator for a project on the development of methodologies for studying the emergence of cyberbullying in childhood, funded by the British Academy, 2011

Poland, S., Monks, C. P. and Tsermentseli, S. (2015). Cool and hot executive function as predictors of aggression in early childhood: differentiating between the function and form of aggression. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34(2), pp. 181-197.

Lee, S., Smith, P. K. and Monks, C. P. (2015). Participant roles in peer-victimization among young children in South Korea: peer-, self-, and teacher-nominations. Aggressive Behavior, 42(3), pp. 287-298.

Viejo, C., Monks, C. P., Sánchez, V. and Ortega, R. (2015). Roles in physical dating violence and the quality of romantic relationship: a cross-national study Spain-England. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, pp. 1-23. 

Rodríguez, A. J., Ortega, R. and Monks, C. P. (2015). Peer-victimisation in multi-cultural contexts: a structural model of the effects on self-esteem. Psicologia Educativa, 21, pp. 3-9.

Ortega, R., Romera, E. and Monks, C. P. (2013). La potentialidad interactiva del juego en aulas de educación infantile. (The interactive potential of play in infant school classes). Bordón, 65, pp. 119-130.

Smith, P. K. and Monks, C. P. (2013). Concepts of bullying: Developmental and cultural aspects. In: J. Srabstein, and J. Merrick, eds., Bullying. A public health concern. Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter.

Monks, C. P. and Smith, P. K. (2013). The origins of bullying in young children. In: A. Ovejero Bernal, A. Yubero Jimenez, and P.K. Smith, eds., School Bullying and Violence: International Perspectives. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva.

Cerda, G., Ortega, R. and Monks, C. P. (2012). La agresión injustificada como antecedente del bullying: una investigación en Escuelas Infantiles de Chile. (Unjustified aggression as an antecedent to bullying: an investigation in infant schools in Chile). Investigación en la Escuela, 78, pp. 5-68.

Monks, C. P. (2012). Rising above bullying: from despair to recovery. Education, 3-13, pp. 1-3.

Lee, S., Smith, P. K. and Monks, C. P. (2012). Meaning and usage of a term for bullying-like phenomena in South Korea: a lifespan perspective. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31, pp. 342-349.

Monks, C. P., Robinson, S. & Worlidge, P. (2012). The emergence of cyberbullying; a survey of primary school pupils' perceptions and experiences. School Psychology International, 33, pp. 477-491.

Ortega, R., Elipe, P. and Monks, C. P. (2012). The emotional responses of victims of cyberbullying: Worry and indifference. BJEP Monograph Series II: Psychology and antisocial behaviour in schools, 11(9), pp. 139-153.

Monks, C.P. and Coyne, I. (2011). Bullying in Different Contexts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Monks, C.P. (2011). Peer-victimisation in preschool. In: C.P. Monks, and I. Coyne, eds., Bullying in Different Contexts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 12-35.

Coyne, I. and Monks, C.P. (2011). An Overview of Bullying across Settings and Relationships. In: C.P. Monks, and I. Coyne, eds., Bullying in Different Contexts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 231-256.

Monks, C.P. and Coyne, I. (2011). A History of Research into Bullying. In: C.P. Monks, and I. Coyne, eds., Bullying in Different Contexts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-11.

Monks, C. P., Palermiti, A., Ortega, R. and Costabile, A. (2011). Peer-victimisation in preschools: a cross-national comparison of England, Spain and Italy. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 14(1), pp. 129-140.

Monks, C. P. and Smith, P. K. (2011). School bullying: nature and prevention. In: M. Veisson, M. Maniganayake, E. Hujala, E. Kikas, and P.K. Smith, eds., Global perspectives in early childhood education: diversity, challenges and possibilities. Frankfurt: Peter Land Publishers, pp. 457-473.

Lee, S., Smith, P. K. and Monks, C. P. (2011). Perception of bullying-like phenomena in South Korea: a qualitative approach from a lifespan perspective. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3, pp. 210-221.

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Monks, C. P. and Rix, K. (2016). The links between young children's social behaviour with peers and their theory of mind. Accepted for ISSBD, July, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Poland, S., Monks, C. P. and Tsermentseli, S. (2016). Links between Cool and Hot Executive Function, Theory of Mind and the Function and Form of Aggression. Accepted for ISSBD, July, Vilnius: Lithuania.

Maunder, R. and Monks, C. P. (2015). Are you my friend too? The role of reciprocal friendship: links to friendship quality, peer and school identification and general self-worth. BPS Education Section Conference, October, Liverpool: UK.

Maunder, R. and Monks C.P. (2015). Bullying within friendships among primary school pupils. ECDP Conference, September, Braga: Portugal.

Monks, C.P. (2015). Who victimises whom and who defends whom; a social network perspective on peer-victimisation among young children. ECDP Conference, September, Braga: Portugal.

Monks, C. P., Viejo, C. and Ortega, R. (2015). Aggression and victimization in physical dating violence in the UK: a classification tree approach. ECDP Conference, September, Braga: Portugal.

Poland, S., Monks, C. P. and Tsermentseli, S. (2015). Hot and cool EF and their relation to the form and function of aggression among young children. ECDP Conference, September, Braga, Portugal.

Monks, C. P. and Maunder, R. (2014). Children's peer relationships in primary classrooms: friendship quality; participant roles in bullying situations and links to feelings of self-worth and school belonging. Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Conference, July, Northampton.

Monks, C. P. (2014). The Group Nature of Peer-victimisation Among Young Children; an Observational Study. The ISSBD Conference, July, Shanghai.

Rix, K., Maras, P. and Monks, C. P. (2014). Exploring Children's Explanations for Their Own Peer-directed Behaviour at School Between the Ages of Four and Seven Years Old. ISSBD Conference, July, Shanghai.

Rix, K., Maras, P. and Monks, C. P. (2014). Four to Seven Year Old Children's Reports of Aggression, Prosocial and Withdrawn Behaviour, Compared to Teaching Staff and Peers. [Poster]. ISSBD Conference, July, Shanghai.

Lee, S., Smith, P.K. and Monks, C.P. (2013). The origins of bullying-like behaviour in South Korea. ECDP, September, Lausanne.

Rix, K., Maras, P. F. and Monks, C.P. (2013). How do four-to-seven-year-old children explain their withdrawn behaviour? CogDev, September, Reading: UK.

Monks, C. P. and Smith, P. K. (2013). The group nature of peer-victimisation in preschool: a social network analysis. EECERA, August, Tallinn: Estonia.

Robinson, S. L. M. and Monks, C. P. (2012). The emotional impact of bullying and cyberbullying among 8-11 year olds. COST conference, Bullying and Cyberbullying: the interface between science and practice, October, Vienna: Austria.

Rix, K., Maras, P. F. and Monks, C. P. (2012). Exploring children's own understanding of their behavior in their first two years at school: with a focus on aggression, prosocial and withdrawn behaviours. BPS Developmental Conference, September, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Viejo, C., Monks, C. P., Sánchez, V. and Ortega, R. (2012). Adolescent sexual harassment among peers and within couples: a cross-national study Spain-England. BPS Developmental Conference, September, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Romera, E. M., Ortega, R. and Monks, C. P. (2012). Enrichment of the social structure of participation in play activity. EECERA Conference, 29 August-1 September Oporto, Portugal.

Lee, S., Smith, P.K. and Monks, C.P. (2012). Terminology of bullying-like behaviours in South Korea: a life-span perspective. XXX International Congress of Psychology, July, Cape Town, South Africa.

Monks, C.P., Ortega, R. and Cerda, G. (2012). Peer-victimisation in preschools in Europe and Latin America. XXX International Congress of Psychology, July, Cape Town, South Africa.

Monks, C. P. and Mahdavi, J. (2012). Cyberbullying among primary school-aged pupils. XXX International Congress of Psychology, July, Cape Town, South Africa.

Robinson, S., Monks, C. P. and Worlidge, P. (2012). The emergence of cyberbullying. COST conference, June, Paris: France.

Lee, S., Smith, P. K. and Monks, C. P. (2011). Origins of bullying-like behaviour in South Korea. In: the Annual British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, September, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mahdavi, J. & Monks, C. P. (2011). Bullying between residents in residential care for the elderly. European Conference on Developmental Psychology, August, Bergen: Norway.

Monks, C. P. and Mahdavi, J. (2011). Developing measures of the emergence of cyberbullying. European Conference on Developmental Psychology, August, Bergen: Norway.

Monks, C. P., Ortega, R., Robinson, S., Alfaro, M. and Worlidge, P. (2011). Cyberbullying among primary school aged pupils in England and Spain. European Conference of Psychology, July, Istanbul.

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