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Department of Psychology


Michael Lamb’s current research focuses on forensic interviewing and the factors affecting children’s adjustment.  He and his colleagues have shown how developmentally sensitive interviewing improves the amount and quality of information obtained from young victims, witnesses and offenders in investigative settings:  Child Sexual Abuse: Disclosure, Delay, and Denial, Tell Me What Happened: Structured Investigative Interviews of Child Victims and Witnesses, Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practise, and Children and Cross-Examination.

His other research has documented the roles played by parent-child relationships and other experiences in shaping children’s adjustment and well-being: The Role of the Father in Child Development and Mothers, Fathers, Families, and Circumstances: Factors Affecting Children’s Adjustment.

General treatments of developmental science can be found in The Handbook of Life-Span Development: Social and Emotional Development and Developmental Science: An Advanced Textbook (7th Edition).


Key publications: 

Publications since 2011*

*Reprints of many published articles are available via Research Gate


The BBC's 'The Big Personality Test'/'The Personality Project'

Michael has been working in collaboration with the BBC as part of its 'Lab UK' series of online experiments.

See The Personality Project page for more details.

Professor of Psychology.
Fellow and Director of Studies at Sidney Sussex College.
Editor, Journal of Psychology, Public Policy and Law.
President Division 7 (Developmental Psychology), American Psychological Association.

Contact Details

+44 (0)1223 (3)34523 (Department) / +44 (0)1223 (3)38885 (Sidney Sussex College)
Person keywords: 
Child Development
Child forensic interview
Not available for consultancy