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Department of Psychology

Research

Kate Ellis-Davies’ research interests focus on infant and parent contributions to the development of communication, attachment and regulation. Kate has examined the roles of infant attention, motor and language milestones; temperament; parenting and well-being within the context of normative and atypical human development across the lifespan.

Current research is undertaken as part of her post as Research Associate within the Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group, where she is the research associate responsible for managing The New Parents Study. Work within this project centres on the development of children across the areas of Kate's interests, within families based in the UK, France, and The Netherlands where conception has occurred through assistive reproduction who are headed by straight, gay and lesbian parents.

Kate's other research has involved examining the roles of personality and context for the aspiration to parent, as well as the well-being of parents, adults born preterm, and couples relationship satisfaction through her work within the Big Personality Test, run in collaboration with the BBC. Parent and child contributions to adaptive development of self-regulation are another area Kate investigates, through her role as investigator in the Parenting And Child Engagement (PACE) Project.

In addition Kate is on the developing team for methods advancing developmental surveillance, through her work in implementing the development of the Continuous Unified Electronic (CUE) diary method (Ellis-Davies et al., 2012). Through this work the role of infant’s attention to others’ hands in social cognitive development and the impact of locomotion on infant communication have been examined by Kate. 

 

College Affiliation
 
Kate is the Postdoctoral Associate for Sidney Sussex College
 
 

Funding

2016-2019: Jacobs Foundation Fellowship (under review) 

2015-2018: Jacobs Foundation Junior Scholar Award 

2014: Cambridge University Public Engagement Assistance Funding

2014: Jacobs Foundation travel award

2013: NIH travel award

2012: EPS travel award

2008-2012: Awarded ESRC 1+3 Open Competition PhD Studentship 

2005: Awarded Wellcome Trust Scholarship and UROP funding for research undertaken during BSc

 

Qualifications

2013: PhD, Cardiff University. Title: The roles of seeing and doing in communicative development: New insights into attention and movement from microanalytic and microgenetic methods.

2009: MSc Social Science Research Methods, received from Cardiff University

2008: BSc Applied Psychology received from Cardiff University 2008

 

Employment

2013- present: Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group

2013- present: Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge.

2012: Ad hoc trainer on child development to Cardiff Educational Psychology Service

2012: Research Assistant within SENSE funded project examining joint attention demonstrations of deaf-blind children.

2012: Research Assistant within Wales Autism Research Centre

2008: Research Assistant to Professor Dale Hay, Professor Stephanie Van Goozen and Dr. Merideth Gattis 

2006-2007: Assistant Psychologist within the Cardiff Educational Psychology Service

 

Teaching Summary

Lecturing

2013-present: Lecturer on the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) undergraduate course, University Cambridge. 

2013-present:Lecturer on MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge.

Topics lectured on include attachment, temperament, perception and atypical development. Responsibilities include development of lecture content, setting of supervision and exam essay questions.

Supervisions/Tutorials

2013-present: Supervisor for PBS undergraduate students at Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex colleges

2009-2010: Post Graduate Tutor of first year BA and BSc Psychology undergraduate students in the areas of statistics and report writing. Teaching involved the planning and conducting of seminars, along with marking of undergraduate written research reports.

Supervising Students/Interns etc

2013-present: Supervisor for masters students at UCL Anna Freud Centre.

2010-2012: Assisted in the supervision of BSc undergraduate final year project students and post graduate interns, through training in coding, and supervision of theoretically driven, hypothesis testing through the use of experimental and observational methods.

2010: Assisted in the supervision of international MSc research interns, with the training of coding, recruitment, public engagement and hypothesis testing.

Departmental Committe 

2014-2015: Post-doc research committee member

Reviewing

Reviewer for Psychonomics Society: Royal Society Phil Transactions BJournal of Behavior Research Methods; Infant and Child Development; The Society of Research in Child Development, International Psychological Applications Conference, Infancy, Applied Developmental Science, Fathering, Journal of Family Psychology, and Psychology Press, .

Funding Body Reviewing

Grant Reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

 

Research Collaborators

Professor Michael Lamb

Professor Susan Golombok

Dr Alice Winstanley

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

 

 

 

 

Publications

Key publications: 

 

2017

Lew-Levy, S., Reckin, R., Lavi, N., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., & Ellis-Davies, K. (2017). How Do Hunter-Gatherer Children Learn Subsistence Skills?. Human Nature, 1-28.

 

Lew-Levy, S., Lavi, N., Reckin, R., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., & Ellis-Davies, K. (2017). How do hunter-gatherer children learn social and gender norms? A meta-ethnographic review. Cross-Cultural Research1069397117723552.

 

van Rijn-van Gelderen, L., Bos, H.W.M., Jorgensen, T.D., Ellis-Davies, K., Winstanley, A., Golombok, S., Rubio, B., Gross, M., Vecho, O., & Lamb, M.E. (in press). Wellbeing of gay fathers with children born through surrogacy: A comparison with lesbian-mother families and heterosexual IVF parent families.

 

Ellis-Davies, K. (forthcoming). Assisted Reproduction Technologies And Family Development: What We Now Know. SUK report.

 

Ellis-Davies, K. (forthcoming). Experiences of surrogacy families. CAFCASS report.

 

2016

 

 

 

Winstanley, A., Lamb, M.E., Ellis-Davies, K. & Rentfrow, P.J.  (2015). The subjective well-being of adults born preterm.  Journal of Research in Personality. 59, 23-30.

Ellis-Davies, K., and Golombok, S. (2015). Parent Well-Being. Sage Encyclopedia.

Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. (2013). Infants show stability of goal-directed imitation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 114(1), pp. 1-9.

Hilbrink E.E, Sakkalou, E.D., Ellis-Davies, K., Fowler, N.C., and Gattis, M. (2013). Selective and faithful imitation at 12 and 15 months. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.12070


Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). Early attachment research: New and recurring themes. ISSBD Bulletin. 63 (1), pp. 33-38.

Scott, K., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Hilbrink, E., Hahn, U., & Gattis, M. (2013). Infant contributions to joint attention predict vocabulary development. Cognitive Science Society, pp. 3384- 3389.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Fowler, N., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M (2012). CUE: The continuous unified electronic diary method. Behaviour Research Methods 44(4), pp. 1063-1078.

 

Press Articles

Lab Mate magazine interview, July 2014.

 

Invited Talks

Ellis-Davies, K. (2015). Parental well-being and child development in families through surrogacy. Talk to be presented to Children And Family Court Advisory And Support Services, London. 

Ellis-Davies, K. (2015). Considering men's transition to parenthood. Talk presented to National Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies, San Francisco, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2014). A lifespan approach to the role of personality: Parenting aspirations, parental well-being, infancy and beyond. Talk presented to York University, York, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). The need and opportunities for development research within families aided by assistive reproduction technologies. Talk presented to Surrogacy UK, Warwick, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). Male aspirations to parent, paternal well-being and impact on child development. Talk presented to be presented. Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). The role of temperament in attention, motor and language development. Talk presented to the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013).  Joint attention: antecedents and consequences. Talk presented to the Department of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Selected Presentations

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., and Rentrfrow, P.J. (2015). Considering the role of gender and sexual orientation in planning parenthood. Symposium to be presented at SRCD biennial conference, Philadelphia, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., and Rentrfrow, P.J. (2015). Associations of personality, relationship satisfaction, gender and sexual orientation for parental well-being. To be presented at SRCD biennial conference, Philadelphia, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Uljarevic, M., Jones, S., and Bundovska, S. (2014). Father and infant temperamental characteristics and their associations with dysfunctional father-child interactions. To be presented at the 2014 International Conference on Infant Studies. Berlin, Germany.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., and Rentrfrow, P.J. (2014). When men become father, the role of gender and sexual orientation in the aspiration to parent, and parental well-being. To be presented at the 2014 Men as Fathers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fatherhood in the Context of Family, Marbach, Germany. 

Gattis, M., Sakkalou, E., and Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). Selective and faithful imitation. To be presented to the CEU Conference on Cognitive Development. Budapest, Hungary.

Ellis-Davies, K., Winstanley, A., Lamb, M., Jokela, M., Rentfrow, P.J. (2013). When men become fathers: Men desiring parenthood and paternal well-being. Talk presented to the NIH Conference on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes: From preconception to birth. Washington D.C., USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. Evaluating temperament’s role in associations between motor and language development. Symposium to be presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Developmental and Cognitive Sections. Reading, UK. 

Scott, K., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Hilbrink, E., Hahn, U., and Gattis, M. (2013). Infant contributions to joint attention predict vocabulary development. Talk presented at the Cognitive Science conference. Berlin, Germany. 

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Hilbrink, E., Hahn, U., and Gattis, M. Attention and Language Learning In the First 18 Months of Life. (2013). Poster presented at the Child Language Seminar Series. Manchester, UK.

Hilbrink, E., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Gattis, M., and Levinson, S. Turn-Taking and its Timing in Infancy: A Longitudinal at 3-, 4-, and 5- months. (2013). Poster presented at the Child Language Seminar Series. Manchester, UK.

Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M.  Selective and Faithful Imitation Assessed Longitudinally From 13 to 24 Months. (2013). Poster presented at the Biennial SRCD Conference. Seattle, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Fowler, N., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. (2012). I Can Walk, I Can Talk: Emerging motor development predicts language development. Symposium presented at the Biennial ICIS Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hilbrink, E., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Fowler, N., Gattis, M (2012). The Pathway to Imitation: The Role of Objects and Actions in Imitative Acts During the First Year of Life. Poster presented at the Biennial ICIS Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sperotto, R.G., Hilbrink, E., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Gattis, M (2012). Rationality or Resonance? Eight-month-olds Copy Outcomes Rather Than Actions. Poster presented at the Biennial ICIS Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hilbrink, E., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Fowler, N., Gattis, M (2012).Sometimes Piaget was Right: Spontaneous Imitation Demonstrates Infants’ Active Contribution to Development. Symposium presented at the Biennial ICIS Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Fowler, N., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. (2012). The CUE: The continuous unified electronic diary method. Poster presented at the SRCD Methods Conference. Tampa, Florida.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Fowler, N., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. (2011). The stability of infant preferences for socially based orienting: Observational, experimental and longitudinal analyses. Poster presented at the Biennial SRCD Conference. Montreal.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Fowler, N., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. (2009). Infant’s engagement states and maternal attention-directing at 2 months. Talk presented at the BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference.  London, UK.

Affiliated Lecturer
Sidney Sussex College Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Doc Representative
Person keywords: 
development
child development
cognitive development
psychology
attention
Emotional development
Child Development
social cognition
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