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Professor Chris Kyriacou



My first degree was in psychology. I then completed a PGCE, and taught mathematics in a London comprehensive school. I then completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge on the topic of teacher stress. My teaching focuses on psychological aspects of teaching and learning in schools. I am a Professor in Educational Psychology and am currently the Director for Research Programmes.



I am particularly interested in researching aspects of effective teaching, the experience of being a teacher, and helping troubled pupils.

Research group(s)


Recent PhD studies I have supervised include research on the following topics:

  • teachers' job satisfaction and motivation
  • teachers' professional development
  • teachers' instructional quality
  • pupil motivation
  • beginning teachers’ expectations
  • pupils coping with a bereavement
  • child protection
  • gifted pupils
  • school exclusions
  • bullying

External activities


I am a member of the British Educational Research Association, the British Psychological Society, and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.


I have conducted four systematic reviews of the literature on aspects of mathematics teaching and learning in schools.

International Links

I am currently conducting collaborative research with colleagues in Brazil, Japan, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

Invited talks and conferences

I recently gave an invited talk about my research on 'Cyberbullying in Schools' to the All Party Parliamentary Group on bullying.

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323464