Dr Sajid Humayun BA Hons, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Sajid Humayun joined the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling in April 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

He is Lead for Psychology Pathways and module leader for Advanced Developmental Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He also teaches on the Introduction to Psychology course and on a number of other developmental and forensic psychology courses. He completed his PhD in Developmental Psychology at Goldsmiths College on imitation in toddlers in 2006.

Posts held previously:

  • 2013-15, Lecturer, Criminology, School of Law, University of Greenwich
  • 2012-13, Senior Lecturer, Psychology and Head of Research, Newham College University Centre
  • 2012-12, Research Associate/Teaching Fellow, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London
  • 2007-12, Project Lead, National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Lead for Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology Pathways
  • Link Tutor for Criminology and Criminal Psychology students and for Sociology and Psychology students
  • Module leader for Advanced Developmental Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Member of Centre for Vulnerable Children, Young People ad Families, Institute for Lifecourse Development

Awards

  • 2020: Institute of Lifecourse Development/University of Greenwich Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship (£58,000): Investigating young peoples’ 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)
  • 2013 British Council: to attend and present at Early Career Researcher Workshop ‘Psychiatry Meets Criminology’, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Recognition

Sajid is a member of Youth Endowment Fund Expert Panel and a member of Early Intervention Foundation evidence panel on Interventions for High-Risk Youth.

Current external examiner position: Anna Freud Centre, UCL University of Chichester

Research / Scholarly interests

Sajid’s research interest 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 into the UK.

Key funded projects

  • 2019: Youth Endowment Foundation (£99,800): 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)

Recent publications

Article

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) NB Item availability restricted.

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).

Allen, Jennifer L. , Briskman, Jacqueline, Humayun, Sajid, Dadds, Mark R. , Scott, Stephen (2013), Heartless and cunning? intelligence in adolescents with antisocial behavior and psychopathic traits. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Psychiatry Research, 210 (3) . pp. 1147-1153 ISSN: 0165-1781 (Print), (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2013.08.033).

Humayun, Sajid , Kahn, Rachel E., Frick, Paul J., Viding, Essi (2013), Callous-unemotional traits and anxiety in a community sample of 7-year-olds. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43 (1) . pp. 36-42 ISSN: 1537-4416 (Print), 1537-4424 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2013.814539).