The Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group contains two main themes of research, forensic developmental psychology and parenting and development. Work from both of these themes aims to increase understanding of developmental processes and promote the development of relevant policies.
Forensic Developmental Psychology
The research group is principally concerned with the capacities and behaviour of young witnesses, offenders, and victims in forensic contexts. Together with collaborators in countries around the world, researchers are trying to identify ways in which forensic interviewers can help children provide the greatest amount of forensically relevant information of the highest possible quality. To this end, we conduct research in the field with young alleged victims, witnesses and offenders, as well as analogue studies in carefully controlled settings.
Parenting and Development
Within this group, parenting and child development are of central concern. Specifically, mothers’ and fathers’ roles in child development; cross cultural variations in parental behaviour; and the effects of different family structures on child development are being examined. Researchers are currently studying child adjustment and parent-child relationships in diverse family types through The New Parents Study, a collaboration with the Centre for Family Research, and the transition to out-of-home care or school in various cultural contexts.