Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

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  • Participate in a research study

    Are you interested in getting involved in a Psychology study? We have the following participation opportunities available:


  • A study to build an online sleep programme for parents of children with epilepsy

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    Are you the parent of a child aged 5-12 years who has epilepsy and has experienced sleeplessness problems either currently or in the past (e.g. not wanting to go to bed, difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, waking up too early, not wanting to sleep alone)?

    Ethical Approval Number: 171108

    Behavioural interventions are often used for helping with the sleep problems of children, including children with epilepsy. These interventions aim to teach parents strategies which they can use to help their child to learn behaviours which encourage good sleep. However, these interventions do not specifically address the sleep problems experienced by parents of children with epilepsy.

    We are a group of doctors and researchers who are doing a study to build an online sleep programme especially for parents of children with epilepsy who have sleeplessness problems. We need parents to tell us what help you need with your child’s sleep. In this study we aim to adapt a standard intervention to better meet the needs of parents of children with epilepsy. We want to find out, from parents, what they think we should include or leave out of our sleep intervention. Once we know this we will develop an online sleep intervention programme especially for parents of children with epilepsy and then ask parents what they think about it and whether they think it might work. In another, bigger study we will later test the sleep intervention with other parents to see if it works.

    Would you be willing to come to Oxford Brookes University or a venue in central London (near Waterloo for easy accessibility) or speak to our researchers on the phone or by Skype and tell us about your experiences of parenting a child with epilepsy who has/had sleeplessness problems to help us build an intervention? Would you then look through the webpages of the online sleep programme we develop and tell us what you think about it? Taking part would involve three, informal and friendly discussions (either in a group with other parents (maximum 2 hours) or one to-one with the researcher if over the phone or Skype (maximum 1 hour)). Parents who complete the study will be paid £75.

    If you are interested in taking part or hearing more about this study please register your interest here or contact Luci Wiggs (tel: 07879 120513) for further details.

    Prof Paul Gringras, Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability and Sleep Medicine Tel:020 7188 4649 Email:
    Paul.Gringras@gstt.nhs.uk
    Dr Luci Wiggs, Reader in Psychology Tel: 01865 483710 Email: lwiggs@brookes.ac.uk
    Prof Bernie Carter, Professor of Children’s Nursing Tel: 01695 657771 Email: bernie.carter@edgehill.ac.uk
    Dr Lucy Bray, Reader in Children, Young People and Families Tel: 01695 65 7231 Email: brayl@edgehill.ac.uk
    Prof Harriet Hiscock, Consultant Paediatrician and Group Leader Tel: +61 3 93456910 Email: Harriet.hiscock@rch.org.au

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    Children's social judgement in a computer game

    Thanks for your interest in this study! You are likely to be here because you have been given information about this study by a teacher at your child’s school. Here are electronic copies of the study  information sheet for parents and  children.

    If you would like to take part in the study, please fill in the  consent form and short questionnaire.

    Once the study is complete, we will place a summary of the results here on this page, so please do come back and check in 2018 if you are interested.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

    Rhea Arini, Research Student  
    Email: 16042563@brookes.ac.uk

    Dr. Ben Kenward, Lecturer 
    Email: bkenward@brookes.ac.uk. 
    Tel : +44 (0) 1865482826

    Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK

    Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) research

    Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a childhood condition characterised by difficulties with everyday motor tasks, such as dressing, handwriting and sports. Research suggests that children with DCD do not grow out of their difficulties with motor coordination and these problems often persist into adulthood. A UK study has indicated that approximately 2% of the population has DCD.

    Our research group carries out a number of projects focusing on DCD, if you are interested in taking part, please visit our research page here.

    Development of a new motor assessment for young adults

    Funded by a Nigel Groome Studentship,  Cara Law is developing a new motor assessment for young adults for her PhD.

    Competence in movement coordination and motor control is necessary for full participation in education and employment. However, some individuals, such as those with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/‘Dyspraxia’ have difficulties in this area. Currently there are few tools available to assess motor skill in older adolescents and young adults, and their motor difficulties are poorly understood. Cara’s research will develop a new motor performance test to be used with young adults in Higher Education.

    Cara’s initial study will use interviews and questionnaires with professionals and practitioners working with young adults in education and health settings. This will help to identify current practice relating to motor assessment, and the type of test that would be useful to them. This will help understand the needs of assessors and the design of a new practical tool for use in Higher Education.This is likely to include a range of movement tasks to assess the speed, accuracy and quality of movement. Data will be collected on a sample of over 200 young adults in Higher Education. The reliability and validity of the new motor test will also be assessed. The findings from this research will assist in furthering our understanding of the presentation of DCD in young adults and the profile of motor ability, and may be used to support a diagnosis of DCD and support an application for additional support for Higher Education students.

    If you would like to find out more or to take part in Cara’s research please contact her via email:  cara.law@brookes.ac.uk

    The Infant Feeding Network

    The IFN research group aims to find out more about infant feeding practices, child eating habits, and parental feeding styles in typical and atypical developed children and caregiver-child dyads. At the IFN we carry out a number of research projects, for further information  please visit our research page.

    We also provide parents and health professionals with information regarding the latest research studies on infant feeding ( click here to read our Issues

    For more information about the IFN and our research projects, please see our web page or contact Dr Cristina Costantini: ccostantini@brookes.ac.uk

    Brookes Babylab

    At the Babylab, a team of dedicated researchers investigate current issues in Developmental Psychology, studying how children learn about the world around them.

    Have you ever wondered:

    • how babies learn language so quickly and almost effortlessly?
    • how babies understand emotions?
    • how children learn to distinguish what is real from what is pretend?
    • how children evaluate the reliability of a source?

    At the Babylab, we address these questions every day, but we need small participants to help us answer them!

    We are always looking for new participants! Research work never stops and the progression of the state of the art must be fueled! So, help us out and be a part of the making of science by registering your child to participate. Your willingness to contribute motivates us!

    Your little ones will come and take part in harmless and fun experiments that allow us to unlock the secrets of the young mind. This will be done in a safe, clean, well-monitored and exciting environment, where your little one will become a wee scientist for a while!

    For more information and to register your interest, please see our please see our Babylab page.

    Does your child play computer games? Would you and your child like to help science by playing games online or offline with university psychology researchers?

    We are interested in how English-, Italian- or Swedish-speaking children between the ages of 5 and 12 behave in social games. For example, we are interested in what children think about bad behaviour within games such as Minecraft. Visits to our lab (virtual or in person) take about half an hour. Our studies are approved by the Oxford Brookes University Research Ethics Committee. Taking part is always voluntary. If you are interested and would like more information, please fill out the google form here.