Amy Paine

Amy Paine

Research Associate

School of Psychology

Research summary

Primary  research interests: Child development, family relationships, theory of mind,  language and executive function.

In my PhD I  studied family influences on the development of children’s understanding of  minds. In my research I explored the influence of sibling constellation factors  on 6- to 7-year-olds’ understanding of minds, and the processes by which such  sibling influences may occur.

I am  currently investigating children’s early language development and parent-child  interaction within the context of the Baby and Adult Building Blocks Language  Evaluation (BABBLE) study; a sub-study of the Building Blocks randomised control  trial investigating the effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership programme  in the United Kingdom. I am also working on the Cardiff Child Development Study  investigating early peer interactions, mother-child interaction and  sociocognitive development.

Teaching summary

  • 2017 - Present:  Visiting speaker on the South Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.

  • 2016 – 2017:  Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • 2013 – 2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant for  Level 4 and 5 modules (Introduction to Psychology, Current Topics in  Psychological Research, Social Psychology I, Biological Psychology and Language  and Memory).

Undergraduate education

2013: BSc Psychology with Professional Placement, Cardiff University

Postgraduate education

2017:  PhD Developmental and Health Psychology, Cardiff University


2017  – Present: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

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

2012:  CUROP Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

2011 – 2012: Research Assistant, Institute of  Psychiatry.

Research topics and related papers

My research focuses on the influence of sibling relationships  on children’s social and emotional development. I am interested in the impact that an arrival of a  sibling has on first-born behaviour, as well as variations in dyadic sibling  relationships and sibling differential experiences. The aim of my research is  to investigate how these factors contribute to sibling resemblence and individual  differences in children’s prosocial and antisocial behaviour, psychopathology  and interpersonal relationship quality across the family system.


School of Psychology, Cardiff University, 4 year funded PhD  studentship.

Research group

Developmental & Health Psychology

Cardiff Child Development Study (CCDS)

Research collaborators

Professor Dale Hay