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Sophie Cave



  • BSc in Educational Psychology (Edge Hill University)
  • MSc in Applied Developmental Psychology (University of Derby)

I joined the department as a Research Project Coordinator in March 2019, under the supervision of Professor Sophie von Stumm. I am based within the Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC), working across a variety of projects from conception through to publication.


I have worked in a range of pedagogical settings, from pupil referral units in Derbyshire to coordinating outreach activities for young people in Yorkshire. During my studies, I focused my research on topics related to academic achievement and atypical neurodevelopmental disorders, aiming to inform policy and increase the awareness of support, within the schools I worked. 

Departmental roles

  • Research Project Coordinator



My main research interest is to understand the importance of a child’s personal identity and how a range of theories, from traditional to contemporary beliefs, are pivotal in our understanding of an individual’s social, cognitive and academic development.


I am currently working with Professor Sophie von Stumm on two main areas of research. The first is to validate a smartphone application which assesses babies’ developmental milestones, while the second is to explore the effects of socioeconomic status on children’s school performance. Both require conversations with multidisciplinary teams, analysing literature on early life experiences and producing reports to support the publication of manuscripts.

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Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +441904323019