Sajid Humayun

Dr Sajid Humayun BA Hons, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Sajid joined the School of Human Sciences (previously Dept. Psychology and Counselling) in 2015. He is the module leader for the Development of Delinquency and Psychopathy module and also teaches the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology module.

He is an expert in evaluating interventions, particularly for youth violence and crime.

Posts held previously:

  • 2013 - 2015 Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law at the University of Greenwich
  • 2012 - 2013 Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Head of Research at Newham College University Centre
  • 2012 - 2012 Research Associate/Teaching Fellow in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London
  • 2007 - 2012 Project Lead in National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London

Responsibilities within the university

Sajid is the School Lead for Public and Third Sector Engagement and contributes to the development of staff Knowledge Exchange and consultancy activity with the School.

Awards

  • 2020: Institute of Lifecourse Development/University of Greenwich Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship (£58,000): Investigating young people’s risk factors for engagement in ‘county lines’ and the responses of statutory agencies: a mixed methods study. (1st supervisor: Karen Cleaver; role: 2nd supervisor)
  • 2019: Youth Endowment Foundation (£115,000): Feasibility and Pilot Study of Functional Family Therapy for Gang-Involved Youth. (role: PI)
  • 2015 Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich (£5,908). Theory of Mind, parenting, and transition to primary school: A longitudinal study. (role: PI)
  • 2014 Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich (£10,028). What aspects of the parent-child relationship are associated with antisocial behaviour? Informing the design of a new parenting intervention for adolescent antisocial behaviour, Conduct Disorder and youth crime (role: PI)
  • 2014 Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich (£37,109). Personality, cognitive and social factors in children with anti-social behaviour (PI: P. Maras; role: CI)
  • 2014: Greenwich Research and Enterprise: Early Career Award to attend and present at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2013 British Council: to attend and present at Early Career Researcher Workshop ‘Psychiatry Meets Criminology’, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Recognition

- Sajid is an external examiner at the Anna Freud Centre, UCL and was previously an external examiner for the Psychology Department of the University of Chichester

- He is a member of the Youth Endowment Fund expert panel and has been a member of expert review panels for the Early Intervention Foundation on:

  • Preventing gangs and youth violence
  • Interventions for high-risk adolescents
  • Improving social and emotional skills in children

- He taught in the first two years of the Frontline summer school for social workers

Research / Scholarly interests

Sajid’s research interests include child criminal exploitation and the development of conduct problems and psychopathic traits, investigating both environmental influences, such as parenting, attachment and abuse, and individual differences, such as genetics and social cognitive biases. He evaluates interventions for delinquency, psychopathy, conduct problems and criminal exploitation and portability of evidence-based interventions in the UK.

Key funded projects

  • 2023 - 2027: Youth Endowment Fund (£587,768): Efficacy Randomised Controlled Trial of Functional Family Therapy-Gangs for County Lines involvement and Child Criminal Exploitation (role: PI)
  • 2023 - ongoing: Behavioural Insights Team (various): Research consultant for the first UK evaluation of Generation PMTO parenting intervention (role: consultant)
  • 2023: Foundations (£360): Review of final project report
  • 2022 - 2023: Youth Endowment Fund (£5000): Leading co-design of Efficacy Randomised Controlled Trial of Functional Family Therapy-Gangs for County Lines involvement and Child Criminal Exploitation (role: PI)
  • 2022 - 2023: Youth Endowment Fund (£1560): Reviews of final project reports
  • 2022 - 2023: Early Intervention Foundation (£1224): Evidence Panel for Interventions for Youth Violence
  • 2022: Behavioural Insights Team (£3,024): Supporting the setup and setting of the strategy of the Ending Youth Violence Lab (role: consultant)
  • 2020: Family Psychology Mutual (£5,000): Lessons learnt from delivery of Functional Family Therapy online (role: consultant)
  • 2019: Youth Endowment Fund (£123,500): Feasibility and pilot study of Functional Family Therapy-Gangs for County Lines involvement and gang exploitation (role: PI)
  • 2018: Greenwich Research and Enterprise (£1,107): Seedcorn fund
  • 2018: Greenwich Research and Enterprise (£1,270): International research collaboration competitive grant
  • 2015: Greenwich Research and Enterprise (£5,908): Theory of Mind and Transition to Primary School (role: PI)
  • 2014: Greenwich Research and Enterprise (£10,028): What aspects of the parent-child relationship are associated with antisocial behaviour? Informing the design of a new parenting intervention for adolescent antisocial behaviour, Conduct Disorder and youth crime (role: PI)
  • 2014: Greenwich Research and Enterprise (£37,109): Personality, cognitive and social factors in children with anti-social behaviour (PI: P. Maras; role: CI)

Media activity

  • Humayun, S. (2015). We need to invest in early intervention services to improve lives and save money
  • Herlitz, L. & Humayun, S. (2010). Youth offending: A Family Affair? The Magistrate (March/April 2010, pp. 2-3)
  • Humayun, S., Woolgar, M., & Scott, S. (2008). The early development of offending and what works to stop it. The Magistrate (November/December 2008, pp. 258-259)

Recent publications

Article

Woolgar, Matt , Humayun, Sajid, Scott, Stephen, Dadds, Mark R. (2023), I know what to do; I can do it; it will work: the Brief Parental Self Efficacy Scale (BPSES) for parenting interventions. Springer Nature. In: , , , . Springer Nature, Child Psychiatry and Human Development ISSN: 0009-398X (Print), 1573-3327 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-023-01583-0).

Bachmann, Christian J , Humayun, Sajid, Stevens, Madeleine, O’Connor, Thomas G , Scott, Stephen (2023), Secure attachment predicts lower societal cost amongst severely antisocial adolescents. BMC. In: , , , . BMC, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 17 (56) . pp. 1-9 1753-2000 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13034-023-00598-8).

Lange, Aurelie M. C. , Humayun, Sajid, Jefford, Tom (2022), The feasibility of providing remote functional family therapy with adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Child & Youth Care Forum, 52 . pp. 441-466 ISSN: 1053-1890 (Print), 1573-3319 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09692-y).

Stathi, Sofia , Humayun, Sajid, Stoddart Isaac, Reay, McCarron, Demi (2021), Psychopathy and prejudice: Tte mediating role of empathy, social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology ISSN: 2475-0387 (Print), 2475-0387 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jts5.116).

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).

O'Connor, Thomas , Woolgar, Matthew, Humayun, Sajid, Briskman, Jacqueline , Scott, Stephen (2018), Early caregiving predicts attachment representations in adolescence: Findings from two longitudinal studies. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60 (9) . pp. 944-952 ISSN: 0021-9630 (Print), 1469-7610 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12936).

Humayun, Sajid , Herlitz, Lauren, Chesnokov, Melanie, Doolan, Moira , Landau, Sabine , Scott, Stephen (2017), Randomized controlled trial of functional family therapy for offending and antisocial behaviour in UK Youth. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58 (9) . pp. 1023-1032 ISSN: 0021-9630 (Print), 1469-7610 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12743).

O'Connor, Thomas G. , Humayun, Sajid, Briskman, Jacqueline A., Scott, Stephen (2016), Sensitivity to parenting in adolescents with callous/unemotional traits: Observational and experimental findings. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125 (4) . pp. 502-513 ISSN: 0021-843X (Print), 1939-1846 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/abn0000155).

Monograph

Humayun, Sajid , Jolliffe, Darrick, Cleaver, Karen (2023), Functional family therapy-gangs for young people at risk of child criminal exploitation and county lines involvement: feasibility and pilot study. Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) - University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) - University of Greenwich, London, UK (1st) (doi: https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/YEF-FFT-Pilot-study-plan-FINAL.pdf).