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Dr Alice Jones

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Psychology
Email a.jones (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7887
Dr Alice Jones

Senior Lecturer and Director of Unit of School and Family Studies

Summary of research

  • Development of antisocial behaviour
  • Social and emotional processing in children with behavioural problems
  • Development of empathy and emotion processing skills
  • School achievement and well-being

Academic qualifications

BSc PGCert PhD

Academic career

2012 – Senior Lecturer - Goldsmiths
2009 – Lecturer - Goldsmiths
2008  - Postdoc, University College London/University of Pittsburgh
2008 – PhD Psychology, Kings College London
2003 – BSc Applied Psychology, University of Cardiff

 

Teaching & Supervision

  • I teach Psychology and Education and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Areas of BSc supervision – Emotion processing, empathy, antisocial behaviour and psychopathy, school mental health and behaviour
  • Areas of MSc supervision – As above
  • Current PhD students are working on projects focusing on: school-based interventions; effects of musical training; psychophysiological markers of psychopathy; understanding school attainment and psychophysiological and emotional correlates of meditation.
  • I am interested in supervising new PhD students. Potential PhD students should see my research interests below. 
  • Students should email me for an appointment

Grants and Awards

2015: Project Leader for evaluation of an education about mental health and well-being by MIND (£28, 032)

2012: Team Leader for UK team on European-Indian Research Network funded by ESRC: https://sites.google.com/site/cyberbullyingeuindian/ (£35, 162)

2011: PI on Nuffield Foundation Small Grants scheme for profiling neuropsychology of students in Pupil Referral Units (£14, 340)

On the Web

Other Work

2013-ongoing: Working with Lewisham Pre-School Alliance to examine outcomes related to the Roots of Empathy project

2015-16: Commissioned by Sean’s House charity (with Drs Georgina Hosang and Panagiotis Pentaris) to examine barriers to hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions in SE London (£3,786)

Policy

I am a Council of a Think Thank focused on Education Neuroscience (http://www.learnus.co.uk/). Between 2012-2014, I was involved in a Labour Party commission on youth unemployment, focusing on the skills gap between school and work. I have also been involved in a Cabinet Office / Department of Health report looking at the development of dangerous and severe personality disorder (see Vizard, Jones et al., 2010). 

Public Engagement 

Presenter at ‘Cosy Science’ (October 2015) talking about empathy and the psychopath. Contributor to the online science communication competition ‘I’m a scientist get me out of here’, (where school children had opportunity to ask scientists questions about their work, and science in general) -¬‐ in April 2014, I took part in another of these sessions focusing on discussing Education Neuroscience with teachers; regular contributor to ‘Group Therapy’, a radio show on Resonance FM; panel member at a Talk Science event at the British Library on the science and policy; interviewed by Radio 4, as part of their Brain Culture season of programming; trained at the National Science Learning Centre in teacher engagement. 

 

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary and I have published experimental, behavioural genetic, and neuroimaging investigations of conduct problems, callous-unemotional traits, and autism spectrum disorders.

The main focus of my work has been on emotion processing and understanding and empathy in children and adolescents with antisocial behavioural problems. I also frequently work with schools in order to think about the most effective methods of behaviour development. I am interested in emotional development in children with severe and chronic behavioural difficulties, including those with callous-unemotional traits (or early psychopathic behaviours). I started this work with Young Offenders, and continue to study children and adolescents in mainstream and in special education settings.

I am currently heading three key projects:

1. An evaluation of a ‘school without sanctions’ for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. I am working with Kilgarth School in Birkenhead to explore the potential for schools to work without using punishment. The project is in its second year, and we will continue to work together for the foreseeable future. See coverage in the Daily Telegraph

2. We are starting to examine the building blocks of empathy development; working with pre-school age children to examine social and emotional abilities and behaviour. These projects are happening in collaboration with Lewisham Pre-School Alliance and Tales Toolkit. 

3. The ‘social life of the psychopath’ is a project occurring in collaboration with Dr Dawn Watling at Royal Holloway, University of London. We are interested in the social behaviours associated with people with elevated psychopathic personality traits. 

I also work in collaboration with Professor Yulia Kovas and InLab,, working on projects related to school achievement. Other on-going projects include colabroations with Dr Adriane Arteche at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on social and emotional development, CU traits and antisocial behaviour in children and with Dr Dan Frings at London South Bank, collaborating on a PhD study (Guilherme Wendt) on psychophysiology of challenge/threat and psychopathy.

Publications

Book Section

Social Inclusion in the Primary School Years
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

Neuropsychology of callous-unemotional traits
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

Quantitative genetic studies of antisocial behaviour
Viding, Essi; Larsson, H. and Jones, Alice P.. 2009. Quantitative genetic studies of antisocial behaviour. In: Sheilagh Hodgins; Essi Viding and Anna Plodowski, eds. The Neurobiological Basis of Violence: Science and Rehabilitation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 251-263. ISBN 978019954353-3

Article

Measuring the impact of musical learning on cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional wellbeing development in children
Rose, Dawn; Jones Bartoli, Alice and Heaton, Pam F.. 2018. Measuring the impact of musical learning on cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional wellbeing development in children. Psychology of Music, ISSN 0305-7356

Palliative care professionals’ perceptions of barriers and challenges to accessing children’s hospice and palliative care services in South East London: A preliminary study
Pentaris, Panagiotis; Papadatou, Danai; Jones Bartoli, Alice and Hosang, Georgina M.. 2017. Palliative care professionals’ perceptions of barriers and challenges to accessing children’s hospice and palliative care services in South East London: A preliminary study. Death Studies, ISSN 0748-1187

Adult Bullying and Primary and Secondary Psychopathic Traits: Insights from a Community Sample
Wendt, Guilherme Welter and Jones Bartoli, Alice. 2017. Adult Bullying and Primary and Secondary Psychopathic Traits: Insights from a Community Sample. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, ISSN 1092-6771

Motor and coordination difficulties in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Pratt, Michelle L.; Kanji, Zara and Jones Bartoli, Alice. 2017. Motor and coordination difficulties in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, ISSN 1363-2752

Technostress, Career Commitment, Satisfaction with Life, and Work-Family Interaction Among Workers in Information and Communication Technologies
Carlotto, Mary Sandra; Wendt, Guilherme Welter and Jones, Alice P.. 2017. Technostress, Career Commitment, Satisfaction with Life, and Work-Family Interaction Among Workers in Information and Communication Technologies. Actualidades en Psicología, 31(122), ISSN 2215-3535

School Nurses' Experiences in Dealing With Bullying Situations Among Students
Pigozi, Pamela and Jones Bartoli, Alice. 2015. School Nurses' Experiences in Dealing With Bullying Situations Among Students. Journal of School Nursing, ISSN 1059-8405

Callous-unemotional interpersonal style in DSM-V: what does this mean for the UK SEBD population?
Warren, Laura; Jones, Alice P. and Frederickson, Norah. 2014. Callous-unemotional interpersonal style in DSM-V: what does this mean for the UK SEBD population? Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, ISSN 1363-2752

Employment experiences of parents of children with ASD or ADHD: An exploratory study
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Jones, Alice P.; Lang, Jane; Yarker, Joanna and Patterson, Allyson. 2014. Employment experiences of parents of children with ASD or ADHD: An exploratory study. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, pp. 1-13. ISSN 2047-3869

Profiling social, emotional and behavioural difficulties of children involved in direct and indirect bullying behaviours
Smith, Hannah; Polenik, Kaja; Nakasita, Shamim and Jones, Alice P.. 2012. Profiling social, emotional and behavioural difficulties of children involved in direct and indirect bullying behaviours. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 17(3-4), pp. 243-257.

The Importance of Developmental Science for Studies in Bullying and Victimization
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.

Inclusive provision options for pupils on the autistic spectrum
Frederickson, Norah; Jones, Alice P. and Lang, Jane. 2010. Inclusive provision options for pupils on the autistic spectrum. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 10(2), pp. 63-73. ISSN 14713802

Feeling, caring, knowing: different types of empathy deficit in boys with psychopathic tendencies and autism spectrum disorder
Jones, Alice P.; Happé, Francesca G.E.; Gilbert, Francesca; Burnett, Stephanie and Viding, Essi. 2010. Feeling, caring, knowing: different types of empathy deficit in boys with psychopathic tendencies and autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51(11), pp. 1188-1197. ISSN 0021-9630

Small, but not perfectly formed: decreased white matter concentration in boys with psychopathic tendencies
De Brito, S. A.; McCrory, E. J.; Mechelli, A.; Wilke, M.; Jones, Alice P.; Hodgins, S. and Viding, E.. 2010. Small, but not perfectly formed: decreased white matter concentration in boys with psychopathic tendencies. Molecular Psychiatry, 16(5), pp. 476-477. ISSN 1476-5578

Heritable Variations in Gray Matter Concentration as a Potential Endophenotype for Psychopathic Traits
Rijsdijsk, Fruhling V.; Viding, Essi; De Brito, Stéphane; Forgiarini, Matteo; Mechelli, Andrea; Jones, Alice P. and McCrory, Eamon. 2010. Heritable Variations in Gray Matter Concentration as a Potential Endophenotype for Psychopathic Traits. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(4), pp. 406-413. ISSN 0003-990X

Multi-Informant Predictors of Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Attending Mainstream School
Jones, Alice P. and Frederickson, Norah. 2010. Multi-Informant Predictors of Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Attending Mainstream School. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, ISSN 0162-3257

Amygdala Hypoactivity to Fearful Faces in Boys With Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits
Jones, Alice P.; Laurens, Kristin R.; Herba, Catherine M.; Barker, Gareth J. and Viding, Essi. 2009. Amygdala Hypoactivity to Fearful Faces in Boys With Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166(1), pp. 95-102. ISSN 0002-953X

Structural Neuroimaging and the Antisocial Brain: Main Findings and Methodological Challenges
De Brito, Stephane A.; Hodgins, Sheilagh; Mccrory, Eamon; Mechelli, Andrea; Wilke, Marko; Jones, Alice P. and Viding, Essi. 2009. Structural Neuroimaging and the Antisocial Brain: Main Findings and Methodological Challenges. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36(11), pp. 1173-1186. ISSN 0093-8548

Phenotypic and Aetiological Associations Between Psychopathic Tendencies, Autistic Traits, and Emotion Attribution
Jones, Alice P.; Larsson, H.; Ronald, A.; Rijsdijk, F.; Busfield, P.; Mcmillan, A.; Plomin, R. and Viding, E.. 2009. Phenotypic and Aetiological Associations Between Psychopathic Tendencies, Autistic Traits, and Emotion Attribution. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36(11), p. 1198. ISSN 0093-8548

Size matters: Increased grey matter in boys with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits
De Brito, Stephane A.; Mechelli, Andrea; Wilke, Marko; Laurens, Kristin R.; Jones, Alice P.; Barker, Gareth J.; Hodgins, Sheilagh and Viding, Essi. 2008. Size matters: Increased grey matter in boys with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits. Brain, 132(4), pp. 843-852. ISSN 0006-8950

Cognition to genes via the brain in the study of conduct disorder
Viding, E. and Jones, Alice P.. 2008. Cognition to genes via the brain in the study of conduct disorder. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(1), p. 171. ISSN 1747-0218

Quantitative genetic studies of antisocial behaviour
Viding, Essi; Larsson, Henrik and Jones, Alice P.. 2008. Quantitative genetic studies of antisocial behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 363(1503), pp. 2519-2527. ISSN 0962-8436

Heritability of antisocial behaviour at 9: do callous-unemotional traits matter?
Viding, Essi; Jones, Alice P.; Paul, J. Frick; Moffitt, Terrie E. and Plomin, Robert. 2008. Heritability of antisocial behaviour at 9: do callous-unemotional traits matter? Developmental Science, 11(1), pp. 17-22. ISSN 1363755X

The development of mental state attributions in women with X-monosomy, and the role of monoamine oxidase B in the sociocognitive phenotype
Lawrence, K.; Jones, Alice P.; Oreland, L.; Spektor, D.; Mandy, W.; Campbell, R. and Skuse, David. 2007. The development of mental state attributions in women with X-monosomy, and the role of monoamine oxidase B in the sociocognitive phenotype. Cognition, 102(1), pp. 84-100. ISSN 00100277

Psychopathic traits in young children
Jones, Alice P. and Viding, Essi. 2007. Psychopathic traits in young children. Netherlands journal of psychology, 63(4), pp. 107-114. ISSN 1872-552X

Autistic spectrum disorders 1: Presentation and assessment
Jones, Alice P.; Cork, Christine and Chowdhury, Uttom. 2006. Autistic spectrum disorders 1: Presentation and assessment. Community Practioner, 79(3), pp. 97-98. ISSN 1462-2815

Autistic spectrum disorders 2: Diagnosis and management
Jones, Alice P.; Cork, Christine and Chowdhury, Uttom. 2006. Autistic spectrum disorders 2: Diagnosis and management. Community Practitioner, 79(4), pp. 128-130. ISSN 1462-2815

Dimensions of youth psychopathy differentially predict concurrent pro- and antisocial behavior
Wendt, Guilherme Welter; Jones Bartoli, Alice and Arteche, Adriane. Dimensions of youth psychopathy differentially predict concurrent pro- and antisocial behavior. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, ISSN 1516-4446

Report

Early intervention in personality disorder: MST and other treatments for socially excluded high risk/high harm children and families
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.

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