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Dr Amy Paine

Dr Amy Paine

Lecturer

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Research summary

My core research area is social development, with a focus on children's interactions with family members and friends in relation to their developing understanding of the minds of themselves and others. My current projects include a longitudinal and mixed-methods study investigating the social, emotional, and cognitive correlates of childhood humour, and pathways by which humour may attenuate the impact of stressful life experiences on wellbeing in childhood. I also work on the Wales Adoption Study which aims to develop understanding of the early support needs and experiences of newly formed adoptive families in collaboration with the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit in the Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science.

Teaching summary

I contribute to teaching on the BSc in Psychology Level 5 Developmental and Social Psychology undergraduate modules. I also supervise final year research projects.

At postgraduate level, I am the Placement Co-ordinator for the MSc in Psychology. I also contribute to teaching and supervise dissertation projects on the MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders.

Bywgraffiad

Undergraduate education

2013: BSc Psychology with Professional Placement, Cardiff University

Postgraduate education

2017:  PhD Developmental and Health Psychology, Cardiff University

Teaching

2020 - present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2016 - 2020: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Employment

2021 - present: Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2020 - 2021: Lecturer and Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2019 - 2020: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2018 - 2019: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham

2017 - 2018: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2016:  Research Assistant, South East Wales Trials Unit, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

2011 - 2012: Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

2020: "Honk, honk, burp burp!" Is humour a marker of children's understanding of minds? British Psychological Society Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme, supervising Nisha Johnson.

2019: Profiling the Neurodevelopment of Adopted Children. British Psychological Society Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme, supervising Maisie Lo.

2018: British Psychological Society Early Career Conference Bursary. 

2017: Positive Affect in Mother-Infant Interactions. Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme. 

2017: British Psychological Society Postgraduate Study Visit Scheme to Concordia University, Montreal.

2017: Cardiff University School of Psychology Hadyn Ellis Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation.

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Society for Research in Child Development Learning through Play and Imagination Conference, 2nd April 2022 (Talk)
    Japan Society for Developmental Psychology Conference, 19th February 2021 (Virtual Symposium).
  • Centre for Research in Human Development Conference, Montreal, Canada, 24th January 2020 (Talk).
  • BPS Developmental Section Conference, Stoke on Trent, 5th September 2019 (Convenor of symposium).
  • European Conference for Developmental Psychology, Athens, 31st August 2019 (Symposium).
  • BPS Developmental Section Conference, Liverpool, 13th September 2018 (Talk).
  • Population Health Conference, Wales, 19th June 2018 (Talk).
  • Life History, Paris, 30th May 2018 (Talk).
  • World Association for Infant Mental Health, Rome, 29th May 2018 (Talk).

Cyhoeddiadau

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2017

Addysgu

I contribute to teaching on the BSc in Psychology Level 5 Developmental and Social Psychology undergraduate modules. I also supervise final year research projects.

At postgraduate level, I am the Placement Co-ordinator for the MSc in Psychology. I also contribute to teaching and supervise dissertation projects on the MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders.

Research Summary

My core research area is social development, with a focus on children's interactions with family members and friends in relation to their developing understanding of the minds of themselves and others. My current projects include a longitudinal and mixed-methods study investigating the social, emotional, and cognitive correlates of childhood humour, and pathways by which humour may attenuate the impact of stressful life experiences on wellbeing in childhood. I also work on the Wales Adoption Study which aims to develop understanding of the early support needs and experiences of newly formed adoptive families in collaboration with the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit in the Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science.

Funding Awards

Shelton, K. H. & Paine, A. L. (2022-2023). Supporting the mental health of adopted children: The protective effects of warm parenting. Welsh Government.

Paine, A. L. (2022). A Very Funny Summer! Holiday Enrichment Programme, Food and Fun. Cardiff University Civic Mission.

Paine, A. L., van Goozen, S., & Shelton, K. (2022-2025). ESRC-DTP Collaborative Studentship.

Paine, A. L., Robinson, C., Thomas, K., & Smilie, I. (2021-2022). Laughing all the Way to Better Wellbeing in Childhood. Innovation for All Civic Mission Fund.

Gambi, C., Paine, A. L., Thomas, K., Hughes, A., Langley, K., Jones, C., Gerson, S., Shelton, K., & Smilie, I. (2021-2022). Co-producing developmental science: Working with educators and children to set priorities for research that matters. Innovation for All Public Engagement Fund.

Paine, A. L. (2021). UKRI COVID-19 Grant Allocation.

Shelton, K. H. & Paine, A.L. (2020-2021). The Wales Adoption Cohort Study. Welsh Government.

Paine, A. L., Mitchell, P., & Howe, N. (2020-2024). Humour in Childhood: Pathways to Better Wellbeing. Economic and Social Research Council New Investigator Award.

Paine, A. L. (2019). Humour in Children's Close Relationships. The Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship.

Paine, A. L. (2019). L'humour dans les relations proches des enfants. FRQNT Postdoctoral Quebec Merit Scholarship Programme for Foreign Nationals.

Mitchell, P., et al. (2019). Inferring others’ inner states: Different developmental trends across Britain and Japan? ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Grant.

Paine, A. L. (2013-2017). School of Psychology, Cardiff University, 4 year funded PhD studentship.

Media 

Play and Humour in Schools, Play Wales https://playwales.org.uk/eng/playandhumour 

'Humour in Play.' Playful Childhoods, Play Wales https://www.playfulchildhoods.wales/blog/humour-in-play

‘The Wales Adoption Cohort Study: childhood risk and resilience.’ Research Outreach https://researchoutreach.org/articles/wales-adoption-cohort-study-childhood-risk-resilience/

‘Adopted children can experience lasting mental health problems.’ NIHR Alerts https://evidence.nihr.ac.uk/alert/adopted-children-can-experience-lasting-mental-health-problems/

‘Humour in lessons? You must be joking! (No really, you must).' Times Education Supplement https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/humour-lessons-you-must-be-joking-no-really-you-must

‘New research examines the use of humour in middle childhood.’ Concordia University https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2019/03/12/new-research-examines-the-use-of-humour-in-middle-childhood.html

'How joking around with your brothers and sisters shapes your sense of humour.' The Conversation https://theconversation.com/how-joking-around-with-your-brothers-and-sisters-shapes-your-sense-of-humour-110591

Research Groups

Developmental & Health Psychology

Cardiff Child Development Study (CCDS)

Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit 

Wales Adoption Study 

Supervision

I am interested in supervising research projects in the area of developmental psychology with a particular focus on children's interactions with family members and friends in relation to their developing understanding of the minds of themselves and others.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or would like further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details above).

Past projects

Primary supervisor

Catherine Sheehan: School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Pretend Play and Social and Emotional Development in Childhood  (2021-present).

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/research-students/view/2575833-

Lydia Tian: ESRC 1+3 studentship (2022-2026): Emotion Recognition in Looked After Children in Wales: An Investigation and Intervention Study