Claire Monks

Professor Claire Monks PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), PGCert

Deputy Head of School of Human Sciences (Research & Enterprise)

Key details

Professor Claire Monks

Deputy Head of School of Human Sciences (Research & Enterprise)


Professor Claire Monks is a Professor of Developmental Psychology and Deputy Head (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Human Sciences  at the University of Greenwich.

She is also a Centre Lead for Centre for Vulnerable Children, Young People and Families in Institute for Lifecourse Development.

Claire teaches Developmental Psychology and Research Methods at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. She is also Doctoral student supervisor – she has supervised 10 doctoral students to successful completion.

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:

  • 2019, Interim Director of Research and Enterprise, Faculty of Education and Health
  • 2014-2019, Reader in Developmental Psychology
  • 2010-2017, Programme Leader for MPhil/PhD Psychology
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology 2007-2014
  • Kingston University:
    • 2003-2007, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
    • 2001-2003, Lecturer in Psychology
  • University of Seville, Spain
    • 2000, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Responsibilities within the university

  • Deputy Head of School (Research & Enterprise) in the School of Human Sciences 2019 - Leading on Research and Enterprise within the School
  • Centre Lead for Centre for Vulnerable Children, Young People and Families 2019 - Leading a Centre of Research and Practice within the Institute for Lifecourse Development
  • Chair of Faculty Research Degrees Committee 2018 - Claire chairs this committee which oversees PGR student progression within the Faculty.

Recognition

  • External Examiner for FD Psychology for Education Professionals at Birkbeck, University of London (2016 -2020).
  • PhD Examiner for more than 10 doctorates nationally and internationally
  • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Journal Editorial Board Membership: 
    • International Journal of Early Childhood Education (Editorial Board Member)
    • Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research (Editorial Board Member)
    • Psychology, Society and Education (Associate Editor)

Research / Scholarly interests

Claire's research interests lie in the field of Developmental Psychology. In particular, she has investigated the development of aggressive behaviour in childhood. She has published on aggression in early childhood, cyberbullying in middle childhood and adolescence as well as other forms of aggression including dating violence. Claire is interested in applying diverse approaches to the study of peer-relations among young people and have employed advanced methods such as social network analysis to furthering our understanding of the aggressive and defending relations between children. She is also interested in the development of social cognition in relation to behaviour and have published on hot and cool executive functions and theory of mind as predictors of aggression and prosocial behaviour and within populations of young people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Claire has an interest in modelling developmental trajectories and examining longitudinal relations.

Key funded projects

Last 3 years

2019 - Co-Investigator examining the effectiveness of Speak Out. Stay Safe. for children with SEND. Funded by NSPCC. PI Professor Nicky Stanley, UCLAN 2018 - Co-Investigator on study evaluation of Speak Out. Stay Safe. Funded by NSPCC. PI Professor Nicky Stanley, UCLAN.

2018- Co-Investigator on Developmental Processes of Adolescent Dating: Romantic Competence and Social Adjustment, Spanish Government (FEDER scheme), with Dr Carmen Viejo, University of Córdoba, Spain. (30,000 Euro).

2017- PI on study investigating child to parent aggression. University of Greenwich

Recent publications

Article

Lee, Seung-Ha , Smith, Peter K., Monks, Claire P. (2021), Moral reasoning about aggressive behavior in relation to type of aggression, age, and gender in South Korean pupils. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18: 2288 (5) ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print), 1660-4601 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052288).

Jenkins, Ryan , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire, Robertson, David , Stevenage, Sarah , Symons, Ashleigh , Davis, Josh P. (2021), Are super-face-recognisers also super-voice-recognisers? Evidence from cross-modal identification tasks. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35 (3) . pp. 590-605 ISSN: 0888-4080 (Print), 1099-0720 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3813).

Monks, Claire P. , Smith, Peter K., Kucaba, Kat (2021), Peer victimisation in early childhood; observations of participant roles and sex differences. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18: 415 (2) ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print), 1660-4601 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020415).

O'Toole, Sarah , Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Stella, Papastergiou, Athanasia (2020), A qualitative exploration of practitioners' understanding of and response to child-to-parent aggression. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Journal of Interpersonal Violence ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520967142).

Roberts, Alan P. , Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Stella (2020), The influence of gender and resource holding potential on aggressive and prosocial resource control strategy choice in early childhood. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Education, 5: 593763 2504-284X (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.593763).

Cogswell, Suzanne , Carr, Amanda, Abbott, Nicola, Monks, Claire P. (2020), The development and validation of a teacher-reported low-level classroom disruption scale (LLCD-S). Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 25 (3-4) . pp. 230-243 ISSN: 1363-2752 (Print), 1741-2692 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13632752.2020.1816651) NB Item availability restricted.

Marin-Lopez, Inmaculada , Zych, Izabella, Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario, Monks, Claire P. , Llorent, Vicente J. (2020), Empathy online and moral disengagement through technology as longitudinal predictors of cyberbullying victimization and perpretation. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Children and Youth Services Review, 116: 105144 ISSN: 0190-7409 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105144) NB Item availability restricted.

Maunder, Rachel and , Monks, Claire P. (2018), Friendships in middle childhood: links to peer and school identification, and general self-worth. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 37 (2) . pp. 211-229 ISSN: 0261-510X (Print), 2044-835X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12268).

O'Toole, Sarah , Tsermentseli, Stella, Humayun, Sajid, Monks, Claire (2018), Cool and hot executive functions at 5-years-old as predictors of physical and relational aggression between 5- and 6-years-old. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 43 (2) . pp. 157-165 ISSN: 0165-0254 (Print), 1464-0651 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025418798498).

Kouklari, E. C. , Monks, C. P., Tsermentseli, S. (2018), Everyday executive function and adaptive skills in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Cross-sectional developmental trajectories. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 3 2396-9415 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2396941518800775) NB Item availability restricted.

O'Toole, Sarah E. , Monks, Claire P., Tsermentseli, Stella, Rix, Katie (2018), The contribution of cool and hot executive function to academic achievement, learning-related behaviours, and classroom behaviour. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Early Child Development and Care, 190 (6) . pp. 806-821 ISSN: 0300-4430 (Print), 1476-8275 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1494595) NB Item availability restricted.

Viejo, Carmen , Monks, Claire, Sánchez-Rosa, Maria, Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario (2018), Attachment hierarchies for Spanish adolescents: family, peers and romantic partner figures. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Attachment & Human Development, 21 (6) . pp. 551-570 ISSN: 1461-6734 (Print), 1469-2988 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2018.1466182).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire P. (2018), Developmental trends of hot and cool executive function in school aged children with and without autism spectrum disorder: links with theory of mind. Cambridge University Press. In: , , , . Cambridge University Press, Development and Psychopathology, 31 (2) . pp. 541-556 ISSN: 0954-5794 (Print), 1469-2198 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579418000081).

Huitsing, Gijs and , Monks, Claire P. (2018), Who victimizes whom and who defends whom? A multivariate social network analysis of victimization, aggression, and defending in early childhood. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Aggressive Behavior, 44 (4) . pp. 394-405 ISSN: 0096-140X (Print), 1098-2337 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21760).

O'Toole, Sarah , Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Stella (2017), Associations between and development of cool and hot executive functions across early childhood. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36 (1) . pp. 142-148 ISSN: 0261-510X (Print), 2044-835X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12226).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Tsermentseli, Stella, Monks, Claire P. (2017), Hot and cool executive function in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Cross-sectional developmental trajectories. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Child Neuropsychology, 24 (8) . pp. 1088-1114 ISSN: 0929-7049 (Print), 1744-4136 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09297049.2017.1391190).

Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi , Thompson, Trevor, Monks, Claire P., Tsermentseli, Stella (2017), Hot and cool executive function and its relation to theory of mind in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Cognition and Development, 18 (4) . pp. 399-418 ISSN: 1524-8372 (Print), 1532-7647 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2017.1339708).

O'Toole, Sarah E. , Monks, Claire, Tsermentseli, Stella (2017), Executive function and theory of mind as predictors of aggressive and prosocial behavior and peer acceptance in early childhood. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Social Development, 26 (4) . pp. 907-920 ISSN: 0961-205X (Print), 1467-9507 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12231).

Smith, Rebecca , Morgan, Jessica, Monks, Claire (2016), Students' perceptions of the effect of social media ostracism on wellbeing. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Computers in Human Behavior, 68 . pp. 276-285 ISSN: 0747-5632 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.041).

Lee, Seung-Ha , Smith, Peter K., Monks, Claire (2016), Participant roles in peer-victimization among young children in South Korea: peer-, self-, and teacher nominations. John Wiley & Sons. In: , , , . John Wiley & Sons, Aggressive Behavior, 42 (3) . pp. 287-298 ISSN: 0096-140X (Print), 1098-2337 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ab.21623).

Monks, Claire , Mahdavi, Jessica, Rix, Katie (2016), The emergence of cyberbullying in childhood: Parent and teacher perspectives. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Psicología Educativa, 22 (1) . pp. 39-48 ISSN: 1135-755X (Print), 2174-0526 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pse.2016.02.002).

Poland, Sarah E. , Monks, Claire P., Tsermentseli, Stella (2015), Cool and hot executive function as predictors of aggression in early childhood: Differentiating between the function and form of aggression. British Psychological Society. In: , , , . British Psychological Society, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34 (2) . pp. 181-197 ISSN: 0261-510X (Print), 2044-835X (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12122) NB Item availability restricted.

Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Antonio J. , Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario, Monks, Claire P. (2015), Peer-victimisation in multi-cultural contexts: A structural model of the effects on self-esteem and emotions / Victimización entre iguales en contextos multiculturales: un modelo estructural de sus efectos sobre la autoestima y las emociones. Elsevier España. In: , , , . Elsevier España, Psicología Educativa, 21 (1) . pp. 3-9 ISSN: 1135-755X (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pse.2015.02.002).

Viejo, Carmen , Monks, Claire, Sanchez, Virginia, Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario (2015), Physical dating violence in Spain and the United Kingdom and the importance of relationship quality. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Interpersonal Violence ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260514567963).

Cerda, Gamal , Ortega, Rosario, Monks, Claire P. (2013), La agresión injustificada como antecedente del acoso entre iguales: una investigación en Escuelas Infantiles de Chile (Unjustified aggression as an antecedent of bullying: an investigation in infant schools in Chile). Editor dyad, SL. In: , , , . Editor dyad, SL, Investigación en la Escuela (78) . pp. 55-68 ISSN: 0213-7771 (Print), (doi: http://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=4126614).

Book section

Monks, Claire P. and , Smith, Peter K. (2013), El acoso, la agresión y la victimización en los niños pequeños: medición, naturaleza y prevención. Biblioteca Nueva, S.L.. In: , , In: Anastasio Ovejero, Peter K. Smith, Santiago Yubero (eds.), El acoso escolar y su prevención: perspectivas internacionale. Biblioteca Nueva, S.L., Madrid, Spain . pp. 91-110 . ISBN: 9788494405803 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Smith, Peter K. and , Monks, Claire P. (2013), Concepts of bullying: developmental and cultural aspects. Nova Science Publishers. In: , , In: Jorge C. Srabstein, Joav Merrick (eds.), Bullying: A Public Health Concer. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, USA . ISBN: 9781626185647 (doi: ).

Conference item

Monks, Claire and , (2014), The group nature of peer-victimisation among young children: An observational study. In: The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), 8-12 July 2014, Shanghai, China , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Rix, Katie , Maras, Pamela, Monks, Claire (2014), Exploring children’s explanations for their own peer-directed behaviour at school between the ages of four and seven years old.. In: The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Conference, 8-12 July, 2014, Shanghai, China , . , (doi: ).