Children and Families Research Group
The focus of the work of the Children and Families Research Group is around children, young people and family wellbeing.
Our research around children covers the prenatal period, up to age 18, and includes areas such as safeguarding, child protection, child health, and the role of the family unit, parenting, school and community influence on child wellbeing. Our family-focused research covers additional topics such as substance misuse, homelessness, elderly care, family community services and general practice.
Much of our work takes place in family homes, schools and with the wider community including health, social care and voluntary services. Regular meetings of the Children and Families Research Group bring together researchers, students, lecturers, practitioners and external speakers who have an interest in children, young people and family wellbeing and who wish to develop research and influence policy and practice in this area.
Children and Families group members
Staff in the Children and Families Research Group come from a variety of backgrounds, and undertake research in a number of different fields, such as health visitor assessments of mother-infant interactions, developmental epidemiology, understanding behaviour in context, as well as the use and misuse of substances and risky behaviours.
- Professor Jane V Appleton (Research Group Lead)
- Professor David R Foxcroft
- Dr Caral Brown
- Lindsey Coombes
- Dr Nick Pike
- Maxine Fletcher
- Dr Sandy Oldfield
- Dr Kate Morgaine
Current PhD Students
Recent Completed PhD Students