My research intersects between health and developmental psychology. I am interested in the individual, relational, and contextual factors that affect parental well-being, parenting, and child development.

To better understand and support positive child outcomes I believe we need to consider D.W Winicott’s argument that there is “No such thing as an infant, there is an infant and…”. My research studies the “and” that cares for children across different cultures, family structures, and paths to parenting.

My research is inherently collaborative, international, applied, and interdisciplinary, with my research partners ranging from care providers, to international academics across different fields of scholarship invested in family development, and the third sector.

I work and collaborate with charities and organisations that share this aim to understand and support families, including Men Having Babies, Surrogacy UK, and Operation Orphan.

I am available for PhD studentship applications.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2019 Present Senior Lecturer Swansea University
2016 2019 Senior Lecturer, Co-Associate Course Lead Nottingham Trent University
2013 Present Affil. Research Associate and Lecturer University of Cambridge
2013 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
2006 2007 Assistant Educational Psychologist Cardiff Educational Psychology Service
2005 2008 Research Assistant Cardiff University

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • “A Global Study of Play and Work Child Development in Small Scale Forager Societies” 2018

    , with Dr. Sheina Lew-Levy et al.

  • “Fathering in Fragile Families” 2019

    , with Imanuel Ben-Israel, approval by Fragile Families

  • Jacobs Foundation Junior Scholar Award – Adaptation to Fatherhood 2015 - 2018

    , with Prof. Lee Gettler, Notre Dame University; Prof. Michael Lamb, University of Cambridge, Jacobs Foundation

  • “Stability of Caregiving Role Over Infancy” 2017 - 2017

    , Jacobs Foundation

  • “The New Parents Study” - A European Study of Same-Sex and Different Sex Parenting by Assisted Reproduction Technologies 2013 - 2016

    , with P.I’s: Prof. Michael Lamb; Prof. Susan Golombok; Prof. Henny Bos; Prof. Martine Gross, ESRC, ORA, NWO, NSFFS

  • ESRC Open Competition 4 year PhD Studentship “Infant Communicative Development” 2008 - 2013

    , ESRC

  • “Early Social Attention” 2005 - 2005

    , The Wellcome Trust

Research Groups

  • Lifespan Development Group

    Interdisciplinary research group focused on adaptive and maladaptive development across the lifespan