Director                                                        

Marian Brandon (BA, MA, CQSW, PhD) is a Professor in Social Work and Director of the Centre. She is also Director of Continuing Professional Development Programmes. She is a children and families specialist and has research interests in family support, child protection and multi-agency working.

Academics

Chris Beckett (BSc, CQSW, MA, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and has research interests in court proceedings concerning children, perceptions of risk, the use and abuse of language.

Laura Biggart (BSc, PhD) is a Lecturer in Social Sciences Research. Her research interests are in work-life balance, Emotional Intelligence, and youth offending.

Christine Cocker (BSW (hons); MTh (Dist) OXON; PG Dip HSSM (Dist)) is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. Her research interests are lesbian and gay fostering and adoption and social work with looked after children.

Sara Connolly (BA, MPhil, DPil) is a Reader in Personnel Economics. Her research interests are in gender and the labour market.

Neil Cooper (BSc, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with research interests in qualitative psychology, disciplinary boundaries, family relationships and technological change.

Jeanette Cossar (BA, MA, DipSW, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and has research interests in children and young persons' views of the child protection process and of risk, LGBT young people in care.

Jonathan Dickens (BA, MA, CQSW, MSc, PhD) is a Professor of Social Work. His research interests include child care law, the development of social work in its wider social policy and international contexts, care planning and decision making for looked after children.

Jane Dodsworth (BA, MA, CQSW, PhD) is a Lecturer is Social Work with a particular research interest in child protection and child sexual exploitation.

Kamena Henshaw (BSc, MSc) is a lecturer in Psychology.   Her research interest is in applying psychological knowledge to real life settings, particularly in relation to family psychology.  Her PhD has explored the role of the family meal in family life from a multi-person perspective.

Peter Jordan (BSc, MA, DipSW) is a Lecturer in Child and Family Social Work. His research focuses on the relationships between key professionals engaged in child protection work, with a particular emphasis on the ethical stances taken by workers from different agencies.

Elsbeth Neil (BSc, MA, DipSW, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and has particular research interests in contact after adoption, post adoption support for birth families, and services to support post adoption contact.

Gavin Nobes (BSc, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with research interests in children's moral development, the development of scientific understanding (especially astronomy, biology and climate change), and child physical abuse.

Vicky Scaife (BA, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol, AFBPsS) is a Lecturer in Psychology. Her research interests focus on the relationship between substance misuse and aspects of family life, gender issues in relation to parental substance misuse, professional perceptions of parental substance misusers, and young people's substance use decision-making.

Gillian Schofield (BA, MA, CQSW, MSW, PhD) is Professor of Child and Family Social Work and Head of the School of Social Work. Her research interests are in attachment, care planning, long-term foster care, and looked after children and offending.

Judi Walsh (BSc, PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and has research interests in relationships and psychological well-being, particularly in the perinatal period.

Nick Walsh (BSc, PhD) is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology. His research interests are in the effects of psychosocial experiences upon brain development and psychological functioning.

Emeritus Faculty
 

David Howe (BSc, MA, CQSW, PhD) is an Emeritus Professor of Social Work. His research interests are in attachment theory, post-adoption work, developing social work theory and practice, child abuse, neglect, rejection and trauma.

Clive Sellick (JP, CQSW, MSW, PhD) is an Emeritus Reader in Social Work. His research interests are in commissioning and the mixed economy of foster care provision, and the international aspects of child welfare. He is a lay judge in the Noforfolk Family Court.

June Thoburn CBE (BA, DipPSA, MSW, LittD) is an Emeritus Professor of Social Work and founding Director of the Centre. Her research interests are in family placement, and the family support and child protection provisions of the Children Act 1989.