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Academic members and PhD students

PERC staff

  Research interests

Kathryn Asbury


Kathryn explores the influence of home and school environments on children’s academic achievement, behaviour and wellbeing.  She is interested in the school environments that cause differences between identical twins, and in how genes influence behaviour.


Beth Bell


My research expertise lies in youth wellbeing and mental health in the digital age. More specifically, I adopt a mixed-methods interdisciplinary approach to understanding the risks and opportunities afforded by digital media and technologies in relation to youth wellbeing and mental health, focusing on body image, self-harm, and disordered eating/exercise.


Dusana Dorjee

Senior Lecturer

I investigate the core neurocognitive mechanisms underlying wellbeing of children and adolescents. I examine modulations in these mechanisms by contemplative practices developing mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and other healthy qualities of the mind


Gill Francis

Research Fellow

My main research investigates specific ways that play impacts developmental outcomes for children with typical and atypical development. As example, my PhD explored the link between child pretend play and counterfactual reasoning and my postdoc work uses twin modelling to explore the etiology of child play and mental health.

Lisa Kim

Senior Lecturer

Lisa is interested in teacher non-cognitive characteristics and how they are associated with teacher and student outcomes (e.g., teacher effectiveness, teacher burnout and student academic achievement).

Nathalie Noret


My research interests broadly focus on understanding children and adolescents’ experiences of bullying. My current research focuses on examining the relationship between such experiences and poor mental health.

Elpis Pavlidou


Elpida is studying reading and developmental dyslexia using both behavioural and neuroimaging methods. She is interested in both cognitive aspects of children's learning (in particular implicit statistical learning in typical and atypical populations) but also socio-emotional aspects (in particular socio-emotional resilience in dyslexia).



Professor of Educational Evaluation

English and music education; research designs for educational and social policy evaluation 


Umar Toseeb

Senior Lecturer

Umar is interested in understanding mental health and wellbeing during childhood and adolescence. Specifically, he investigates individual differences in mental health and wellbeing of individuals with special educational needs using genetic and behavioural data from population-based longitudinal datasets.

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Sophie von Stumm

Chair, Psychology in Education

Sophie studies the causes and consequences of individual differences in psychological and behavioural development across the life course. She takes an inter-disciplinary approach to observing behaviour and environments, primarily through the application of new assessment technologies that enable collecting big, high-quality data. 


Sarah Wild

Teaching and Research Support Officer

Postgraduate Students

You can find a list of our current postgraduate students on our PhD studies in progress page.

Contact Details

Dr Kathryn Asbury
Room: D/L/109
Tel: + 44 (0)1904 323431

Dr Lisa Kim
Room: D/L/109
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322605

Professor Rob Klassen
Room: D/L/206
Tel: + 44 (0)1904 324396

Dr Poppy Nash
Room: D/K/011
Tel: + 44 (0)1904 322526

Dr Elpis PavlidouRoom: D/L/201b
Tel: +44 (0)1904 324395