Department of Psychology

Professor Peter Smith

Position held:
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Unit for School and Family Studies

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Unit for School and Family Studies, The Bungalow,
Department of Psychology,
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE14 6NW

BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS

Bullying, play, grandparenting, evolution

Academic qualifications

B.A., Ph.D.

Research interests

I am based at the Unit for School and Family Studies, which I headed from 1998-2011. As an Emeritus Professor I am continuing with research, writing, and some postgraduate supervision.

I am primarily researching school bullying, cyberbullying, the causes of bullying and ways of preventing it in school. Recently, with ABA and with Fran Thompson, I carried out a research project on the success of anti-bullying strategies in schools in England, funded by the DCSF/DfE (2008-2010).  This is available at

I am also Chair of COST Action IS0801 on cyberbullying, from 2008 to 2012. Several research students are working in this area, including examining the use and effectiveness of peer support schemes in schools, use of quality circles to reduce bullying, and aspects of cyberbullying.

With Qing Li and Donna Cross I have edited a book on cyberbullying, Li, Q. Cross, D. & Smith, P.K. (eds), Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

I am also particularly interested in similarities and differences between bullying (in western countries), ijime (in Japan), and wang-ta (in Korea), and have had a PMI2-funded link (2008-2009) with Seoul National University in South Korea.

Other research interests are in family systems, grandparenting and technology used in older people. Work here has included use of the Family Systems test (FAST) to measure differences in perceptions of power and affiliation in 3-generation families; and examining the effects of loss of contact with grandchildren, on grandparents, following parental divorce or for other reasons. I coordinated a project funded by the European Commission under its Fifth Framework Research Training Network (RTN) programme, entitled Grandparenthood and Intergenerational Relationships in Aging European Populations (2002-2006). It comprised 2 teams from the UK and 1 each from Finland, France, Greece, Norway and Spain.

I have also carried out research on children's play, and published a book on this in 2010: Smith, P.K. (2010) (with one chapter by Y Gosso) Children and play. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

With Craig Hart I have edited a second edition of an advanced text on children’s social development Smith, P.K. & Hart, C.H. (eds), (2011). Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, and with Helen Cowie and Mark Blades, have recently published a fifth edition of a successful textbook on children’s development: Smith, P.K., Cowie, H. & Blades, M. (2011). Understanding Children's Development, 5th edition (with 2 extra chapters). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Selected publications

Number of items: 28.


Smith, Peter K., Thompson, Fran and Davidson, Julia. 2014. Cyber safety for adolescent girls: bullying, harassment, sexting, pornography, and solicitation. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology , 26(5), pp. 360-365. ISSN 1040-872X [Article]

Smith, Peter K. and Jones, Alice P.. 2012. The Importance of Developmental Science for Studies in Bullying and Victimization. International Journal of Developmental Science, 6(1-2), pp. 71-74. [Article]

Boulton, Michael J., Smith, Peter K. and Cowie, Helen. 2010. Short-Term Longitudinal Relationships Between Children's Peer Victimization/Bullying Experiences and Self-Perceptions Evidence for Reciprocity. School Psychology International, 31(3), pp. 296-311. [Article]

Houlston, Catherine and Smith, Peter K.. 2010. The impact of a peer counselling scheme to address bullying in an all-girl London secondary school: A short-term longitudinal study. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 79(1), pp. 69-86. ISSN 0007-0998 [Article]

Monks, Claire P., Smith, Peter K., Naylor, Paul, Barter, Christine, Ireland, Jane L. and Coyne, Iain. 2009. Bullying in different contexts: Commonalities, differences and the role of theory. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 14(2), pp. 146-156. ISSN 13591789 [Article]

Houlston, Catherine, Smith, Peter K. and Jessel, John. 2009. Investigating the extent and use of peer support initiatives in English schools. Educational Psychology, 29(3), pp. 325-344. ISSN 0144-3410 [Article]

Smith, Peter K. and Monks, C. P.. 2008. Concepts of bullying: Developmental and cultural aspects. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20(1), pp. 101-112. ISSN 0334-0139 [Article]

Slonje, Robert and Smith, Peter K.. 2008. Cyberbullying: Another main type of bullying? Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 49(2), pp. 147-154. ISSN 0036-5564 [Article]

Smith, Peter K., Mahdavi, Jess, Carvalho, Manuel, Fisher, Sonja, Russell, Shanette and Tippett, Neil. 2008. Cyberbullying: its nature and impact in secondary school pupils. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(4), pp. 376-385. ISSN 0021-9630 [Article]

Samara, Muthanna and Smith, Peter K.. 2008. How schools tackle bullying, and the use of whole school policies: changes over the last decade. Educational Psychology, 28(6), pp. 663-676. ISSN 0144-3410 [Article]

Koo, Hyojin, Kwak, Keumjoo and Smith, Peter K.. 2008. Victimization in Korean Schools: The Nature, Incidence, and Distinctive Features of Korean Bullying or Wang-Ta. Journal of School Violence, 7(4), pp. 119-139. ISSN 1538-8220 [Article]

Smith, Peter K., Smith, Cherise, Osborn, Rob and Samara, Muthanna. 2008. A content analysis of school anti-bullying policies: progress and limitations. Educational Psychology in Practice, 24(1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 0266-7363 [Article]

Smith, Peter K., Monks, C. and Swettenham, J.. 2003. Aggressors, victims and defenders in preschool: peer, self and teacher reports. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 49(4), pp. 453-469. ISSN 15350266 [Article]

Smith, Peter K., Ananiadou, Katerina and Cowie, Helen. 2003. Interventions to reduce school bullying. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 48(9), pp. 591-599. ISSN 07067437 [Article]

Smith, Peter K., Singer, M., Hoel, H. and Cooper, C.. 2003. Victimisation in the school and the workplace: Are there any links? British Journal of Psychology, 94(2), pp. 175-188. ISSN 00071269 [Article]

Smith, Peter K., Cowie, Helen, Olafsson, Ragnar and Liefooghe, Andy. 2002. Definitions of Bullying: A Comparison of Terms Used, and Age and Gender Differences, in a Fourteen Country International Comparison. Child Development, 73(4), pp. 1119-1133. ISSN 00093920 [Article]


Smith, Peter K.. 2009. Children and Play: Understanding Children's Worlds. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-23521-7 [Book]

Book Section

Smith, Peter K.. 2011. Bullying in schools: thirty years of research. In: Iain Coyne and Claire P. Monks, eds. Bullying in Different Contexts. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, pp. 36-59. ISBN 9780521132596 [Book Section]

Gregory, Alice M., Ball, Harriet A. and Button, Tanya M.. 2010. Behavioural Genetics. In: Peter K. Smith and Craig Hart, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, 2nd Edition. London and Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 27-43. ISBN 978-1-4051-9679-6 [Book Section]

Smith, Peter K.. 2010. Cyberbullying: the European perspective. In: Joaquin Mora-Merchan and Thomas Jaeger, eds. Cyberbullying: A cross-national comparison. Landau: Verlag Empirische P├Ądagogik, pp. 7-19. ISBN 978-3-941320-51-2 [Book Section]

Smith, Peter K. and Slonje, Robert. 2010. Cyberbullying: the nature and extent of a new kind of bullying, in and out of school. In: Shane Jimerson, Susan Swearer and Dorothy Espelage, eds. The International Handbook of School Bullying. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 249-262. ISBN 9780805863925 [Book Section]

Curtner-Smith, Mary Elisabeth, Smith, Peter K. and Porter, Malvin. 2010. Family level intervention with bullies and victims. In: Eric Vernberg and Bridget Biggs, eds. Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 75-105. ISBN 9780195335873 [Book Section]

Cowie, Helen and Smith, Peter K.. 2010. Peer support as a means of improving school safety and reducing bullying and violence. In: Beth Doll, William Pfohl and Jina Yoon, eds. Handbook of Youth Prevention Science. New York: Routledge, pp. 177-192. ISBN 978-0-8058-6332-1 [Book Section]

Smith, Peter K.. 2009. Bullying in primary and secondary schools: Psychological and organizational comparisons. In: Shane Jimerson, Susan Swearer and Dorothy Espelage, eds. The International Handbook of School Bullying. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 137-149. ISBN 9780805863925 [Book Section]

Thompson, Fran, Tippett, Neil and Smith, Peter K.. 2009. Prevention and responses to bullying. In: Kathryn Geldard, ed. Practical Interventions for Young People at Risk. Thousand Oaks: Sage. ISBN 9781847875624 [Book Section]

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