I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Childhood Studies, and have a BA (Hons) in Child Psychology from the Free University of Amsterdam, as well as a Masters in Social Research and PhD in Psychology from the University of Bath. I have researched (and published) in the areas of bullying, childhood obesity and care leavers, as well as female employment and early years care and education. Currently, I am working with local partners as well as academics nationally and internationally on research around safeguarding and mental health in childhood and education.

I have received funding from local charities and the Wellcome Trust. In addition to this I am co-editor for the international and interdisciplinary journal Children & Society.

Research Interests

  • Mental Health in Childhood - drawing on historic archives and children’s case files from the Children’ Society; funded by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Care leavers and mental health and wellbeing
  • Signs of Safety and Safeguarding in England and the Netherlands.
  • Perceptions of Bullying (early years - secondary school).
  • Mental Health literacy in HE.

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