We’ve had a busy few months…

In the recent months, the Social Development Lab has been busy. We welcomed Beatrice Hayes as a new PhD student, and sadly had one of our members leave — Dr Alana James has moved to the University of Reading to begin a new adventure. We wish you all the best Alana, you will be missed!

Beatrice received her undergraduate and PGCE training at Keele, and is joining us after spending 3 year working within primary education settings. Her PhD is exploring  7-11 year olds understanding of the risks of social media. She is planning to develop a research informed resource to support teachers and parents in their approaches to e-safety.


In July, RHUL hosted the annual South East Research Network for Schools (SERNS) Practitioner Event.  Beatrice (see left) presented a poster outlining her project at the event.

We also had Rachel Nesbit (see right) present some of her PHD findings and Ellie Cordell-Edwards (see below) present her Final year UG project findings at the SERNS event.

Dr Eilidh Cage delivered a well-received talk on autism myths to the attendees.


In addition to the above, Eilidh presented at the BPS Developmental Psychology Section conference in Stratford Upon Avon her final year project students’ (2016-2017) findings on their project title “Prosocial behaviour in children on the autism spectrum”.

This was also Rachel’s first BPS conference as the PsyPag Developmental Section representative!

More news to follow on some of the schools talks we have done, updates on publications, and some of our current projects!