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Dr Amy Paine

Dr Amy Paine

Research Associate

School of Psychology

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.

In my current projects I am working on the Wales Adoption Study which aims to develop understanding of the early support needs and experiences of newly formed adoptive families and a feasibility study of an innovative approach to assessing young children in the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU). The NDAU uses the RDoC framework to assess children across a wide range of cognitive and socio-emotional domains of development to inform and enhance the continued support of children.

Undergraduate education

2013: BSc Psychology with Professional Placement, Cardiff University

Postgraduate education

2017:  PhD Developmental and Health Psychology, Cardiff University


2019 - present: 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.






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

Professor Dale Hay

Dr Katherine Shelton

Professor Stephanie van Goozen


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