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Dr Amy Paine

Dr Amy Paine

Lecturer

School of Psychology

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Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

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 and students on their professional placement year.

At postgraduate level, I convene the Psychology Pathway for the MSc in Social Sciences Research Methods and the associated module, Research Skills in Practice. I also contribute to teaching and supervise dissertation projects on the MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders.

Biography

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

2020 - present: 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.

Honours and awards

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.

Speaking engagements

  • 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).

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2010

Teaching

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

At postgraduate level, I convene the Psychology Pathway for the MSc in Social Sciences Research Methods and the associated module, Research Skills in Practice. 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. (2020-2021). The Wales Adoption Cohort Study. Welsh Government.

Paine, A. L., Mitchell, P., & Howe, N. (2020-2023). 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.

Research group

Developmental & Health Psychology

Cardiff Child Development Study (CCDS)

Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit 

Wales Adoption Study 

Research collaborators

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External