Professor Pam Maras BA Hons, PhD

Professor of Social & Educational Psychology

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Pam Maras

Professor Pam Maras
BA Hons, PhD

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.

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 Council for Science, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.

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

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
  • Director of the Early Career Researcher Initiative
  • Chair of the Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Steering Group
  • University Court of Governors
  • Elected member Academic Council
  • Leads on the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA)


  • 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

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
  • Registered Chartered Scientist (CSci) Science Council
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
  • Executive Committee Member of International Union of Psychological Science (IUPSyS) with responsibility for international capacity building in psychology and representative in the UK on the Royal Society
  • Honorary General Secretary British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Honorary General Secretary British Psychological Society (BPS), 2008-15

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 Universit√©, 2005
  • Southeast London PCT Learning Alliance.Evaluation of projects funded by Greenwich Teaching PCT, 2005


Media and public engagement:

House of Commons Education Committee, (2011). Behaviour and Discipline in Schools. First Report of Session 2010–11, volume I: Report, together with formal minutes, Ordered by the House of Commons, printed 26 January.

Journal articles/chapters in books:

Maras, P., Moon, A. and Gridley, N. (2015). Attribution style of adolescents with school-reported social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, 19(4), pp. 426-439.

Huebner, G. M., Cooper, J., Moon, A., Maras, P., and Jones, K. (2014). Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption – findings of a study among social housing tenants. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 13(4), pp. 425-448.

Joiner, R., Stewart, C., Beaney, C., Moon, A., Maras, P., Guiller, J., Gregory, H., Gavin, J., Cromby, J. and Brosnan, M., (2014). Publically different, privately the same: Gender differences and similarities in response to Facebook status updates. Computers in Human Behavior, 39, pp. 165-169.

Brosnan, M., Joiner, R., Gavin, J., Crook, C., Maras, P., Guiller, J. and Scott, A. J. (2012). The impact of pathological levels of Internet-related anxiety on Internet usage. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46(4), pp. 341-356.

Joiner, R., Gavin, J., Bower, J., Brosnan, M., Cromby, J., Guiller, J., Gregory, H., Maras, P. and Moon, A. (2012). Gender, Internet Experience Internet Identification and Internet Anxiety: a ten year follow up. Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking, 15(7), pp. 370-372.

Maras, P. (2012). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) in children and adults. In: C. Feltham, and I. Horton, eds., The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychology. London: Sage.

Maras, P. F., Zhu, L. and Moon, A. (2012). Chinese and British adolescents' academic self-concept, identity and behaviour. BJEP special monograph series 'Antisocial behaviour in schools', 11(9), pp. 93-122.

Maras, P.F. (2012). Antisocial behaviour in schools; psycho-social factors in adolescence. BJEP special monograph series 'Antisocial behaviour in schools', 11(9), pp. 1-8.

Bornholt, L., Maras, P. and Robinson, R.A. (2009). 'I am – we are: Personal and social pathways to further study, work and family life'. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 12, pp. 345-359.

Gavin, J., Duffield, J., Brosnan, M., Joiner, R., Maras, P. and Scott, A.J. (2007). Drawing the net: Internet identification, internet use, and the image of internet users. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10(3), pp. 478-481.

Joiner, R., Brosnan, M., Duffield, J., Gavin, J. and Maras, P. (2007). The relationship between Internet identification, internet anxiety and internet use. Computers and Human Behavior, 23(3), pp. 1408-1420.

Maras, P. (2007). 'But no one in my family has been to University': Aiming higher: school students' attitudes to higher education. The Australian Educational Researcher, 34(3), pp. 69-90.

Maras, P., Carmichael, K., Patel, S., and Wills, J. (2007). "The trouble with Year 10". 13-16 year old school students' attitudes to higher education. Social Psychology of Education, 10(3), pp. 375-397.