Biography

Dr Laura Biggart has a first class degree in BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Sciences and PhD. Funded by a University of East Anglia PhD Studentship, she undertook research into Psychosocial influences on the work-family life of fathers from October 2006 to September 2009.

In 2007, she won a scholarship from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to undertake secondary analysis of their Work Life Balance datasets 2006. Post-doc, Laura worked on research examining offending in looked after children, a research project funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with The Adolescent and Children's Trust (TACT) between 2010-2011.

Laura is currently Principal Investigator on a three-year (2012-2015) ESRC-funded Future Research Leader project examining emotional intelligence in social work.

Laura is a Lecturer in Social Science Research and Psychology in the School of Psychology and the Director of MRes in Social Sciences and Master's Psychology programmes. Laura is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I returned to higher education as a mature student having worked in local government and the charity sector for a number of years. From my experience and through research, I have learned that the mix of ‘real world’ experience and learning is a powerful one for gaining insight into how people feel, think and behave. I enjoy taking an applied approach to psychology at UEA and enjoy the collaborative opportunities here to work with other disciplines. I am keen to make students aware of the links between theory and practice and develop their research skills to enhance their employability.

All Publications

Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Schofield, G.

(2017)

The team as a secure base: Promoting resilience and competence in child and family social work,

in Children and Youth Services Review

83

pp. 119-130

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Schofield, G., Biggart, L., Ward, E., Larsson, B.

(2015)

Looked after children and offending: an exploration of risk, resilience and the role of social cognition,

in Children and Youth Services Review

51

pp. 125–133

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fleming, P., Biggart, L., Beckett, C.

(2015)

Effects of professional experience on child maltreatment risk assessments: A comparison of students and qualified social workers,

in The British Journal of Social Work

45

(8)

pp. 2298-2316

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Schofield, G., Biggart, L., Ward, E., Scaife, V., Dodsworth, J., Haynes, A., Larsson, B.

(2014)

Looked after children and offending: Reducing risk and promoting resilience,

BAAF

ISBN 9781910039045

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cossar, J., Brandon, M., Bailey, S., Belderson, P., Biggart, L., Sharpe, D.

(2013)

'It takes a lot to build trust'. Recognition and Telling: Developing Earlier Routes to Help for Children and Young People,

Office of the Children's Commissioner

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Schofield, G., Beek, M., Ward, E., Biggart, L.

(2013)

Professional foster carer and committed parent: Role conflict and role enrichment at the interface between work and family in long-term foster care,

in Child and Family Social Work

18

(1)

pp. 46-56

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Schofield, G., Ward, E., Biggart, L., Scaife, V., Dodsworth, J., Larsson, B., Haynes, A., Stone, N.

(2012)

Looked after children and offending: Reducing risk and promoting resilience,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Biggart, L., O'Brien, M.

(2010)

Fathers' working hours: fatherhood status or career stage?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Biggart, L., Corr, P., O'Brien, M., Cooper, N.

(2010)

Trait emotional intelligence and work-family conflict in fathers,

in Personality and Individual Differences

48

(8)

pp. 911-916

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Biggart, L., O'Brien, M.

(2010)

UK Fathers' long work hours: career stage or fatherhood?,

in Journal of Fathering

8

(3)

pp. 341-361

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Biggart, L.

(2009)

Fathers, work and family: Trait emotional intelligence and work family conflict,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Biggart, L., O'Brien, M.

(2009)

Fathers' working hours: Parental analysis from the third work-life balance employee survey and maternity and paternity rights and benefits survey of parents,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Scaife, V., O'Brien, M., McEune, R., Notley, C., Millings, A., Biggart, L.

(2009)

Vulnerable young people and substance misuse: expanding on the risk and protection-focused approach using social psychology,

in Child Abuse Review

18

(4)

pp. 224-239

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Biggart, L.

(2008)

Fathers' Work-Family Conflict and the influence of Emotional Intelligence,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Biggart, L.

(2007)

Fathers and Work - Family Conflict,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Laura’s research focuses on social cognition (emotion recognition, attribution) and emotional intelligence (trait and ability models), particularly in applied settings, for example: work-life balance, recruitment and selection, parenting and youth offending. Laura is a member of The Centre for Research on the Child and Family.

Laura is currently Principal Investigator on a three year (2012-2015) ESRC-funded Future Research Leader project examining emotional intelligence in social work. For more information go to www.uea.ac.uk/emotionsatwork

PhD Research

Fathers and work family life: Psychosocial influences.

Previous Research Associate Contracts

UEA - Evaluation of Shropshire Children’s Fund 2006, Shropshire County Council.
Lead investigators: Dr R.McEune, Prof. M. O’Brien

UEA - Norfolk Young People’s Needs Assessment 2007: Substance misuse, vulnerability and service engagement, Norfolk Drug & Alcohol Action Team. Lead investigators: Dr V.Scaife, Prof M.O’Brien

UEA - Looked after children and offending - Research project funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with The Adolescent and Children's Trust - 2010-2011. 

Conferences

Paper presentations

Biggart, L. & Schofield, G. (June 2012). 'Looked after children and offending: social cognition'. British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (July 2010). Fathers’ working hours: fatherhood status or career stage? International Sociological Association World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden: Joint Session RC06, Men, work and parenting.

Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (April 2009). 'Fathers, work and family: Trait emotional intelligence and work family conflict'.  The International Community, Work and Family Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (Oct 2007). 'Fathers and Work – Family Conflict’. The New Researchers in Families and Relationships Conference, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Edinburgh.

Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (Jan 2008). ‘Fathers' Work-Family Conflict and the influence of Emotional Intelligence’. The British Psychology Society, Post-Graduate Occupational Psychology Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Research Seminar Presentation

University of Bristol, Dept of Experimental Psychology
Emotional Intelligence – examining the psychometric construct - August 2008

Indicative Publications

Schofield, G., Beek, M., Biggart, L., & Ward, E. (2013). Professional foster carer and committed parent: Role conflict and role enrichment at the interface between work and family in long-term foster care. Child & Family Social Work, 18, 46-56.

Biggart, L., & O’Brien, M. (2010). UK fathers’ long work hours: Career stage or fatherhood?. Fathering, 8(3), 341-361.

Biggart, L., Corr, P., O’Brien, M., & Cooper, N. (2010). Trait emotional work and work-family conflict in fathers. Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 48, Issue 8, 911-916.

Schofield, G., Ward, E., Biggart, L., Scaife, V., Dodsworth, J., Larsson, B., Haynes, A., & Stone, N. (2012). Looked After Children and Offending: Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience.

Teaching Interests

BSc Psychology

Year 2 - Individual Differences inPsychology
Year 3 - Research project

MRes in Social Science Research - MSc Psychology programmes

Research Methods 1: Design and Professional Skills
Further Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics
Further Qualitative Research Methods 

Key Responsibilities

Post Graduate Taught Programme Director

Course Director of the SSF MRes in Social Sciences and Psychology Master's programmes: MSc Social Psychology, MSc Developmental Psychology and MSc Cognitive Neuroscience.