Professor Alice Jones

Alice is the Director of the Unit of School and Family Studies, studying school behaviour and socio-emotional development.

Staff details

Professor Alice Jones






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Alice has directed the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths since 2011. Her work uses inter-disciplinary methods to focus largely on school behaviour and mental health; understanding the influences on socio-emotional development and functioning across a child’s school life. Alice has also built a portfolio of translational research, working with schools and third sector organisations to develop intervention strategies that work for students with complex and chronic difficulties. Alice is also the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Grants and Awards

Alice’s work has been supported by external grant funding, including: ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, National Autistic Society and Mind.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Much of Alice’s work is concerned with bringing together education practitioners and associated third sector organisations with psychology and neuroscience researchers. This includes:

• Initiating and carrying out translational research with schools interested in developing an evidence-based behaviour management system for students with chronic and severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
• Being a Board member of both the Thinktank Learnus, and the National Forum for Neuroscience and Special Education, both focused on activities to bring together scientific researchers and education practitioners.
• Providing input to policy development via: panel meetings for DfE; being part of the Steering Committee for a Labour education commission examining the skills gap between school and work, and contributing to
• Being trained in science communication at the National STEM Centre; working with Parenting Science Gang (citizen science project funded by the Wellcome Trust); and contributing to online and in-person panels including ‘I’m a Scientist Get Me out of Here’ and Chartered College for Teachers; and advising on radio and television work.

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Jones, Alice P. and Gregory, Alice M.. 2017. Sleep and anxiety. In: L.C. Centifanti and D.M. Williams, eds. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 215-232. ISBN 9781118554555

Jones Bartoli, Alice. 2017. Social Inclusion in the Primary School Years. In: Cathy Little, ed. Supporting Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Insights from Research and Practice. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 71-83. ISBN 9781138189966

Jones, Alice P. and Wendt, Guilherme Welter. 2015. Neuropsychology of callous-unemotional traits. In: M De Lisi and MG Vaughn, eds. Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology. Routledge, pp. 218-235. ISBN 9780415722131


Brett, Hannah; Jones Bartoli, Alice and Smith, Peter K.. 2023. Sibling bullying during childhood: A scoping review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 72, 101862. ISSN 1359-1789

Jones, Nicky; Jones Bartoli, Alice and Omigie, Diana. 2023. Character Strengths Afforded by Arts Engagement During Adolescence: The Development and Validation of the Creative Artistic Activities Strengths Affordances Scale (CAASA scale). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, ISSN 1931-3896

Pluess, Michael; De Brito, Stephane A.; Jones Bartoli, Alice; McCrory, Eamon and Viding, Essi. 2022. Individual differences in sensitivity to the early environment as a function of amygdala and hippocampus volumes: An exploratory analysis in 12-year-old boys. Development and Psychopathology, 34(3), pp. 901-910. ISSN 0954-5794


Jones Bartoli, Alice. 2018. Using storytelling to promote literacy, communication and socio-emotional development in the early years. Project Report. Tales Toolkit.

Jones Bartoli, Alice; Cock, Natasha; Booker, Elizabeth and Kaji, Sumaiyyah. 2018. Mindkit: An evaluation of a peer-led intervention to build resilience and mental well-being in young people. Project Report. Mind.

Vizard, Eileen; Jones, Alice P.; Viding, Essi; Farmer, Elly and McCrory, Eamon. 2009. Early intervention in personality disorder: MST and other treatments for socially excluded high risk/high harm children and families. Other. NSPCC, London.

Research Interests

Alice’s main research interests relate to developmental and educational psychology. She is a member of the department’s Developmental and Educational Science Group. Key areas of interest are listed below. For full details on projects see here (

• School behaviour
• Chronic and severe behavioural difficulties
• Socio-emotional development
• School-based intervention
• Empathy
• Pre-School behaviour and development
• Inclusive education
• Autism and education
• Education drop-out and NEET outcomes