Derek is based at our Avery Hill campus, if you see him around campus please welcome him to Greenwich.

Derek joins us from the University of Surrey where he was the Head of the School of Psychology. Previously, he was Director of the Institute for Research in Child Development at the University of East London where he also led the institutional REF 2014 submission. 

Derek was a Lecturer for many years and has undertaken many multidisciplinary studies of child development from pre-natal to adolescent periods, looking at the effects of a range of risk factors associated with socio-economic deprivation and neuro-developmental difficulties. 

His aim is to generate better theoretical models that facilitate more effective and targeted interventions. His research has been funded by ESRC, NiH, NIHR, the Wellcome trust, and the Nuffield foundation.


He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Conception to Age 2 and has been a research advisor for a number of charities and NHS trusts. 

Derek is looking forward to working with the Faculty of Education and Health to continue to build on the fantastic impact that Greenwich already has on Education, Health, Wellbeing and Communities in London and more widely through its teaching, training and research.