Professor Pam Maras BA Hons, PhD

Professor of Social & Educational Psychology

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Pam Maras

Professor Pam Maras

Professor of Social & Educational Psychology

Professor Pam Maras is Professor of Social & Educational Psychology at the University of Greenwich.

Pam holds a number of university wide roles, including Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee. Pam's research is in social psychological factors underpinning and affecting children and young people's attitudes, behaviour and motivation, and the impact of adults' perceptions and associated behaviours on outcomes for young people.

She has attracted considerable personal research funding and has international research collaborations such as Africa, Australasia, China, Europe (including France, Nederland, Spain and Italy), the Nordic Countries (including Norway) North and Latin America and SE Asia.

Pam was elected as the first female President of IUPsyS and was inaugurated to this role in Montreal in June 2018. Pam's is committed to ensuring that psychology's progressive role in understanding the complexities and tensions of an increasingly globalising but unequal world is promoted and utilised at the highest levels whilst impacting on those affected by the outcomes of inequality during her presidency. As part of her role Pam has given invited keynote addresses across the globe including in African, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, European, Latin American and North American regions.

As well as a strong scientific record, Pam also has significant  international leadership experience in capacity building as part of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), including in Africa, the Asia Pacific Region, the Caribbean and Latin America. This work represents Pam's strongly held belief in the importance of local involvement in setting agenda and the role of international psychology in the promotion and dissemination of psychological science and practice for public good. IUPsyS is the global body for psychology with representation on global science and policy making bodies, including: The International Science Council, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.

The application of findings from research to social situations is central to her, and she is often asked to comment in the media, with appearances on television (e.g. Child of our Time, BBC1) and has provided evidence to the House of Commons select committees as well as at policy level to government departments, local authorities, schools and charities. Pam has provided parliamentary evidence in relation to the statutory regulation of psychology at ministerial level on both houses, including invited written evidence to the Ministerial Stakeholders' Group on Pupil Behaviour and Discipline (2008), as well as invited oral evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee on Behaviour and Discipline in Schools.

Posts held previously:

  • 2012-2018 Director of Research and Enterprise
  • 2007-16, Head of Department: Psychology, Social Work and Counselling
  • 2007-08, President of the British Psychological Society
  • 1999-2007, Reader in psychology, University of Greenwich
  • 2001-06, Chair of British Psychological Society Publication and Communications
  • 1999-2002, Chief Examiner for British Psychological Society Qualifying Examination
  • 1993-99, Senior lecturer in psychology, University of Greenwich
  • 1988-93, Research Fellow/Research Associate, University of Kent

Responsibilities within the university

  • Professor of Social & Educational Psychology
  • Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Steering Group
  • Member Academic Council


  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues of the American Psychological Association (SPSSI) Social Issues Dissertation Annual Prize for outstanding academic achievement in a PhD, 1994
  • Business Award: Greenwich Education Business Partnership business award for 'Supporting education' in the Borough, 2000



  • British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Evidence Based Mental Health (Management Board)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Chief Examiner for British Psychological Society Qualifying Examination 1999-2002

External examiner:

  • Institute of Education, University of London
  • PhD, Masters and undergraduate: universities of Cambridge; Glasgow Caledonian; London; Luton; Middlesex, Brunel; Cambridge; De Montfort; London; Southampton; Oxford


  • President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)
  • Registered Chartered Scientist (CSci) Science Council
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
  • Honorary General Secretary British Psychological Society (BPS), 2008-15
  • President British Psychological Society (BPS) 2007-2008

Research / Scholarly interests

Pam's research focus are in social cognition, social identity, group processes and intergroup relations and attribution, individual differences as well as experimental research. Pam is interested in applying science to social situations including the context of education. She is particularly interested in children and young people's pro-and anti-social behaviour, aspirations, identity, affect, motivation and self-concept.

Key funded projects

  • Pecan: An evaluation of Pecan's 'Moving-On' Project (for young women in prison, 2013
  • Greenwich Mencap: An Evaluation of the Greenlights Project, a collaborative project between Greenwich Mencap and the Research Centre for Children Schools and Families, 2012
  • University of Greenwich: Adolescents' pro- and anti-social behaviour in China, South Africa and UK project, 2012
  • Ecotec 21 (Interreg IVA trans manche): led by Medway Council, University of Greenwich, School of Science, 2012
  • UK Youth: Evaluation of the UK Youth Avon Tyrrell Ecohealth Project, with Carl Parsons, 2012
  • Greenwich Royal Borough Council: Towards an evidence-based approach: A collaborative project between Behaviour and Attendance Partnership & The Research Centre for Children Schools and Families, 2012
  • European Regional Development Fund: Cross Regional Opportunities: Improving Social Cohesion (CROIS), Interreg IVA Cross Channel Programme, 2011
  • TSB: Mini KTP with Community Empowerment Network, with Professor Carl Parsons, 2010
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: Carbon, control and comfort; user-centred control systems for comfort, carbon saving and energy management/EON, with Keith Jones et al. 2008
  • Lewisham Council: Parents school choices in Lewisham, 2008
  • European Union Social Fund: Widening Participation in Higher Education, 2007
  • Greenwich Council: Working with Families with Complex Needs: A Multi-Agency Approach, 2007
  • DFES: Formalised Peer Mentoring with Policy Research Bureau, 2006
  • British Academy: Self-concept, motivation and students learning and behaviour in schools, 2006
  • Greenwich Excellence in Cities: Aimhigher 14 – 19 students Attitudes to HE (Stage 3), 2005
  • Greenwich Excellence in Cities: Review of Excellence in Cities in Greenwich, 2005
  • The Emerald Enterprise Fund: Development of the Learning Evaluation Research Network (LERN), 2005
  • The Nuffield Foundation: Materialism and adolescents' behaviour and learning, 2005
  • EU Social Fund The European Union Social Fund Interreg Project: Inter-agency partnership for improving inclusion of 'at risk' young people (with Professor Carl Parsons Canterbury Christchurch University College and Professor Danielle Zay Charles de Gaulle Lille 3 Université, 2005
  • Southeast London PCT Learning Alliance.Evaluation of projects funded by Greenwich Teaching PCT, 2005

Recent publications


Sanders, Alan , Keech, Marc, Burdsey, Daniel, Maras, Pamela , Moon, Amy (2020), CEO perspectives on the first twenty-five years of football in the community: challenges, developments and opportunities. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Managing Sport and Leisure, 26 (1-2) . pp. 7-21 ISSN: 2375-0472 (Print), 2375-0480 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Tamplin-Wilson, Jay , Smith, Rebecca, Morgan, Jessica, Maras, Pamela (2019), Video games as a recovery intervention for ostracism. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Computers in Human Behavior, 97 . pp. 130-136 ISSN: 0747-5632 (Print), (doi:

Cleaver, Karen , Maras, Pam, Oram, Charlotte, McCallum, Karen (2019), A review of UK based multi-agency approaches to early intervention in domestic abuse: Lessons to be learnt from existing evaluation studies. Elsevier Masson. In: , , , . Elsevier Masson, Aggression and Violent Behavior, 46 . pp. 140-155 ISSN: 1359-1789 (Print), (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Agnew, Steve , Maras, Pamela, Moon, Amy (2018), Gender differences in financial socialisation in the home – an exploratory study. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, International Journal of Consumer Studies, 42 (3) . pp. 275-282 ISSN: 1470-6423 (Print), 1470-6431 (Online) (doi:

Maras, Pam , Thompson, Trevor, Gridley, Nicole, Moon, Amy (2016), The "About Me" questionnaire: Factorial structure and measurement invariance. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 36 (4) . pp. 379-391 ISSN: 0734-2829 (Print), 1557-5144 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Maras, Pam , Moon, Amy, Gupta, Taveeshi, Gridley, Nicole (2014), The role of materialism on social, emotional and behavioural difficulties for British adolescents. Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. In: , , , . Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 20 (4) . pp. 362-380 ISSN: 1363-2752 (Print), 1741-2692 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Joiner, Richard , Stewart, Caroline, Beaney, Chelsey, Moon, Amy , Maras, Pam , Guiller, Jane , Gregory, Helen , Gavin, Jeff , Cromby, John , Brosnan, Mark (2014), Publically different, privately the same: Gender differences and similarities in response to Facebook status updates. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Computers in Human Behavior, 39 . pp. 165-169 ISSN: 0747-5632 (Print), (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Cleaver, Karen , Meerabeau, Liz, Maras, Pam (2014), Attitudes towards young people who self-harm: age, an influencing factor. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.. In: , , , . John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70 (12) . pp. 2884-2896 ISSN: 0309-2402 (Print), 1365-2648 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Maras, P.F. , Moon, A., Gridley, N. (2014), Attribution style of adolescents with school-reported social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 19 (4) . pp. 426-439 ISSN: 1363-2752 (Print), 1741-2692 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Huebner, Gesche , Cooper, Justine, Moon, Amy, Maras, Pamela , Jones, Keith (2014), Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption - findings of a study among social housing tenants. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. In: , , , . Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 13 (4) . pp. 425-448 ISSN: 1474-6778 (Print), 1478-7466 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Joiner, Richard , Gavin, Jeff, Brosnan, Mark, Cromby, John , Gregory, Helen , Guiller, Jane , Maras, Pam , Moon, Amy (2013), Comparing first and second generation Digital Natives' Internet use, Internet anxiety, and Internet identification. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers. In: , , , . Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16 (7) . pp. 549-552 ISSN: 2152-2715 (Print), 2152-2723 (Online) (doi:

Conference item

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: ).