Unit for School and Family Studies People

Meet the academics involved in the Unit for School and Family Studies.

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Dr Alice Jones Bartoli - Unit Director

Alice is a Reader in Psychology, and has been head of the Unit of School and Family Studies since 2011.

Alice works with teachers, school leaders and teacher education providers to focus on those who are at risk of social and academic exclusion. She leads basic and applied research on the causes and correlates of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that impact on a child’s education.

Alice is leading several projects, spanning social and communication development in the early years, outcomes for autistic students in supported mainstream settings and supporting schools to work without sanctions. She is also the Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology (since 2016).

Emeritus Professor Peter Smith

Peter K Smith is Emeritus Professor and was Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies from 1998-2011. In 2015 he was awarded the William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, by the European Society for Developmental Psychology.

He has authored, co-authored or co-edited 213 journal articles, 140 book chapters, and 38 books, including Understanding Children’s Development (2015), The Psychology of School Bullying (2018), Making an Impact on School Bullying: Interventions and Recommendations (2019), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Bullying: A Comprehensive and International Review of Research and Intervention (2021), and the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development (2021).

Research Fellows

Dr Anna Cook

Anna gained her PhD from the University of Surrey in 2019 and is leading the work on outcomes for autistic students attending supported mainstream secondary schools. This work is funded by the National Autistic Society. Anna is also interested in music-based interventions for adolescents.

PhD Students

  • Ian Rowe
  • Elizabeth Booker