Unit for School and Family Studies People



Dr Alice Jones Bartoli, Director

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, and have been head of the Unit of School and Family Studies since 2011. I came to Goldsmiths in 2009, after completing my PhD at Kings College London, and a postdoctoral fellowship at UCL and University of Pittsburgh.

My main research interest is in the cognitive and affective correlates of behavioural problems, particularly those that impact on a child’s education. I use a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding behavioural and educational difficulties, including neuropsychological and behavioural research, neuroscience and psychophysiological methods and quantitative genetics.

I am currently involved in heading four main educationally-relevant/school-based projects detailed here. I am also currently the Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.


Emeritus Professor Peter Smith

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).

Most recently, I was PI of the Indian-European research networking programme in the social sciences on ‘Bullying, cyberbullying, and pupil safety and well-being’ (funded by ESRC and research agencies in Europe and India).

I was 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.

Professor Adam Rutland

My research focuses generally on social-cognitive development, and my areas of developmental expertise are: Prejudice, intergroup processes and relationships, social reasoning and morality; Peer exclusion, rejection, group dynamics and victimization; Cross-group friendships, intergroup attitudes, psychological well being; Interventions to reduce prejudice, intergroup contact; Children’s acculturation, ethnic and national identification.

Dr Sian Jones

I am a Teaching Fellow at Goldsmiths. I obtained degrees from the University of Exeter (2006) and Cardiff University (2012).

My research has primarily been in the areas of social and educational psychology, with a specific focus on friendships in schools. This research has three key strands: The first strand concerns how peer group memberships and school ethos affect children’s responses to bullying. This research speaks to the role of bystanders at bullying incidents, including cyberbullying incidents. A second strand of research concerns how children deploy humour in friendship groups, either to maintain or resist bullying. A third strand of research focuses on children with physical disabilities, and concerns how children’s imagined play, using Playmobil TM figures affects their responses to children with disabilities.

For more information, please visit: http://throughtheacademiclookingglass.wordpress.com

Email: S.Jones@gold.ac.uk

Twitter: @sian_goldsmiths

Dr Maria Ttofi

Guilherme Wendt

I am a Brazilian psychologist, and currently a PhD candidate in Psychology at Unit for School and Family Studies (supervised by Dr Alice Jones, and Dr Daniel Frings at London South Bank University) where I am exploring the relationship between adult bullying with antisocial behaviour, as well is exploring biological markers of psychopathy among non-clinical samples. I am actively engaged with the Society for Research on Adolescence and International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, and was one of the Emerging' Psychologists awardees by the 31st International Congress of Psychology - ICP in Yokohama this summer.

This year, I presented preliminary findings of his thesis at two major conferences in 2016, including the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (Vilnius) and ICP.  For a complete list of publications and full text, please refer to https://goldsmiths.academia.edu/GuilhermeWendt.


Email: psp01gw@gold.ac.uk

Facebook: /gwwendt)

Twitter: @thehypertext.


Luke McGuire

My work seeks to examine the development of children’s decision-making behaviours within an intergroup context. I am interested in exploring the contexts within which burgeoning morality may act as a primary or secondary influence in comparison to the influence of the peer group when it comes to distributing resources. This work draws upon Social Identity and Social Domain Theoretical perspectives. In the process of examining this relationship I am also interested in Theory of Mind ability, Group Identification, Status Threat and Social Acumen. In parallel, I am interested in how children and adolescents conceptualise and reason about gender identity from an intergroup perspective, and would be interested in working on any projects related to this.


Email: l.mcguire@gold.ac.uk

Twitter: @ lukemcguirex

McGuire, L., Rutland, A. and Nesdale, D. (2015), Peer Group Norms and Accountability Moderate the Effect of School Norms on Children's Intergroup Attitudes. Child Development, 86: 1290–1297. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12388

"Peer group and generic level norms influence children and adolescents' resource allocation in an intergroup context" - BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference 2016, Belfast


Hannah Smith

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2007 and from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2011, with a distinction in MSc Psychological Research Methods. My background includes therapeutic work with adults and young people with mental health difficulties, and the development and implementation of behavioural and educational interventions for children with autism.

My PhD (submitted September 2016, supervised by Dr Alice Jones and Dr Jose van Velzen) focused on conduct problems in the context of the classroom, with a particular focus on callous-unemotional traits, executive functioning and emotion regulation. I also carried out an EEG examination of cognitive and affective control in adults. During my PhD, I also spent six months on an ESRC-sponsored secondment with Lively Minds investigating outcomes associated with low-cost educational play schemes for early years children in remote and deprived villages in Ghana and Uganda.

I am now in a postdoctoral researcher role at Birbeck, University of London working on the Unlock Project, developing computer software to teach children counterintuitive concepts in maths and science.


Aderonke Adejanju

I am a final year PhD student in the Department of Psychology, supervised by Prof Adam Rutland and Dr Alice Jones. My research focuses on acculturation and social adjustments in both minority and majority ethnic children. I am interested in how children navigate their social world from an early age, increasingly having to acculturate in the context of diverse cultural groups, and the resulting social exclusion or inclusion within peer groups (using peer nomination).

I am also interested in the role of factors like parental socialization, multiple cognitive skills, acculturation fit, perceived discrimination, Ethnic and National identification in children’s acculturation preferences and well-being.