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Dr Pawson, Chris

Contact details

Position: Leader in Learning and Teaching; Programme Leader, Clinical and Community Psychology

Location: AE.3.15, Stratford

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8223 4479

Contact address:

School of Psychology
The University of East London
Stratford Campus
Water Lane
London
E15 4LZ

Brief biography

Dr Chris Pawson is the school Leader in Learning and Teaching and member of the school management team. Chris has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a member of the Institute for Research in Child Development. His research interests centre around social influences on children’s development and psychological wellbeing.

Chris’s external activity focuses on consultancy and evaluation pertaining to psychological interventions with children, adolescents and families. He has worked on interventions with the UK Home Office, Local Government and the third sector. Chris currently sits on the Newham CAMHS Provider Forum and the research advisory group to the national children’s charity Place2Be.

Chris is a Principal lecturer in the Professional Practice subject area, and is the programme leader of the Clinical and Community Psychology programme. Chris teaches advanced developmental psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level and leads modules in the fields of Political, Clinical and Community psychology. He supervises PhD students and those undertaking professional doctoral training in clinical and counselling psychology. Chris is a UEL teaching fellow and is also a fellow and academic associate of the Higher Education Academy.

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Activities and responsibilities

  • Member of the school management team
  • Leading the development and implementation of the school of psychology learning and teaching strategy
  • Leading the engagement of colleagues with the UEL professional standards framework
  • Programme leader, BSc Clinical and Community Psychology

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Areas of Interest/Summary of Expertise

Chris is a member of the Institute for Research in Child Development, within which his main foci of research are parenting, children’s peer relations and social behaviour.

Chris has a broad range of experience in consultancy and evaluation of psychological interventions with children and adolescents, including:

  • Community Interventions with Young Offenders;
  • Parenting Interventions;
  • Coaching & Mentoring in Education; and
  • Delivering Psychological Interventions in Schools.

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Teaching: Programmes

  • BSc Extended Science
  • BSc (Hons) Psychololgy
  • MSc Psychology
  • MA Learning and Teaching

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Teaching: Modules

  • Level 1 Clinical and Community Psychology (Module Leader)
  • Level 1 Mental Health (Module Leader)
  • Level 2 Psychology work placements (Module Leader)
  • Level 3 Political Psychology (Module Leader)
  • Level 3 Developmental Difficulties
  • Level 3 Development Over the Lifespan
  • Level 3 Professional Studies
  • MSc Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences

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Current research and publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Pawson, C.J., Gardner, M.R., Edmonds, C.J., Doherty, S., Martin, L., & Soares, R. (2013). Drink availability is associated with enhanced examination performance in adults. Psychology Teaching Review, 19(1), 54–62.
  2. Pawson, C.J. (2012). A comparative analysis of students’ satisfaction with teaching on STEM vs non-STEM programmes. Psychology Teaching Review, 18(2), 16–21.
  3. Dancey, C.P., Attree, E.A., Painter, J., Arroll, M.A., Pawson, C.J., & McLean, G. (2011). Real benefits of a Second Life: development and evaluation of a virtual psychology conference centre and tutorial rooms. Psychology Learning & Teaching, 10(2), 107. doi:10.2304/plat.2011.10.2.107
  4. Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G., & Pawson, C.J. (2009). The influence of negligence, intention, and outcome on children’s moral judgments. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104, 382–397. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2009.08.001
  5. Pawson, C.J., & Cherniavsky, K.I. (2009). Weapons of mass deception: an active learning demonstration of attitudes, persuasion and the value of critical thinking skills. Psychology Teaching Review, 15(2), 62–73.
  6. Coogan, J., & Pawson, C.J. (2008). The use of debating as an aid to effective widening particpation in psychology. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 7(1), 23–27. doi:10.2304/plat.2008.7.1.23
  7. Pawson, C.J., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2008). Cognition and social development: some reflections on factors affecting attitudes to planned progress. Journal of Human Ecology, 24(4), 279–285.

Conference Papers

  1. Pawson, C.J., Randhawa, H., & Harper, K. (2012). Exploring the ethnic divide in degree attainment: the role of academic behavioural confidence. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London, UK.
  2. Pawson, C.J., Gardner, M., & Edmonds, C.J. (2012). Water availability in exams and its effects on exam performance. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, London, UK.
  3. Pawson, C.J. (2008). Eyes can see you: the impact of ocular cues on academic integrity. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, St Petersburg, Russia.

Invited Talks

  1. Pawson, C.J. (2009). Increasing students academic integrity, Invited speaker presentation to the HEA psychology network. Preventing plagiarism in psychology. Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK.

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Research archive

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Pawson, C.J., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2005). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: implementation in the 21st century. Global Bioethics, 18, 1–15.
  2. Tanner, R.E.S., & Pawson, C.J. (2004). Contemporary religious violence and the environment: some tentative observations and assessments. Journal of Human Ecology, 15(2), 119–127.
  3. Nobes, G., & Pawson, C. J. (2003). Children’s understanding of social rules and social status. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 49(1), 77–99. doi:10.1353/mpq.2003.0005

Non-peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Pawson, C.J., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2001). The moral understandings of urban children in sub-Saharan Africa. Some preliminary observations. The International Journal of Anthropology, 16(2–3), 171–181.

Book Chapters

  1. Pawson, C.J., Adams, E., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2006). Cyberspace: a contemporary social space. In K. Malone (Ed.), Children’s use of space. India: Concept.
  2. Pawson, C.J., & Gibbes, C.L. (2004). Mentoring recidivist youth offenders. In S. H. Ng, C. N. Candlin & C.-Y. Chiu (Eds.), Modern perspectives in language and social psychology. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.
  3. Pawson, C.J., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2002). Methodological issues in the cross-cultural study of children’s moral development. In M.Trawick & D.K.Behera (Eds.), Children and youth in the global metropole: ethnographic approaches: New Delhi: Manak Publications.

Conference Papers

  1. Pawson, C.J., Jansari, J., Govier, E., Radford, J., Larson, A., & Cole, S. (2005). An empirical response to increasing diversity. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington DC, USA.
  2. Pawson, C., & Nobes, G. (2004). Peer relations and child moral development: a longitudinal analysis. Paper presented at the American Psychological Society 16th Annual Convention, Chicago, USA.
  3. Nobes, G., Pawson, C.J., French, A., & Farmer, A. (2003). Parenting styles and the moral development of the child. Paper presented at the Association for Moral Education 29th Annual conference, Krakow, Poland.
  4. Pawson, C.J., & Nobes, G. (2003). Friendship, peer-group status, and the moral understandings of the child. Paper presented at the 11th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Milan, Italy.
  5. Pawson, C., Nobes, G., Moore, D.G., & Clifford, B. (2002). Friendship, peer-group acceptance, and the moral understanding of the child. Paper presented at the American Psychological Society 14th Annual Convention, New Orleans.
  6. Pawson, C.J., & Gibbes, C.L. (2002). Bridging the gap: an investigation of a through-care mentoring intervention for young offenders. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Hong Kong.
  7. Pawson, C.J., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2002). A Socio-evolutionary approach to explaining mob behaviour: symptomatic of modernity or an evolutionary relic? Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, USA.
  8. Pawson, C.J., Nobes, G., Moore, D.G., & Clifford, B. (2002). Friendship, peer-group acceptance, and the moral understanding of the child. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, USA.
  9. Pawson, C.J., Nobes, G., Moore, D.G., & Clifford, B. (2002). The development of moral understanding in the social world of the child. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Hong Kong.
  10. Pawson, C., Nobes, G., Moore, D.G., & Clifford, B. (2001). Peer interaction and the moral development of the child. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section conference, Worcester.
  11. Pawson, C.J., & Tanner, R.E.S. (2001). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: implementation in the 21st century. Paper presented at the International Union of Anthropologists and Ethnographers, Agrigento, Italy.
  12. Nobes, G., & Pawson, C.J. (1999). Children’s reasoning about morals and conventions: does it matter who makes, breaks or changes social rules? Paper presented at the IXth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Spetses, Greece.

Poster Sessions

  1. Gibbes, C.L., Pawson, C., & Coogan, J. (2004). Black British women’s perception of their hair. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Society 16th Annual Convention, Chicago, USA.

Reports

  1. Pawson, C. J. (2002). Mentoring of young adult offenders at HMYOI Dover. Report commissioned and published by Research Development and Statistics Directorate, Home Office: HM Prison Service England and Wales, and The National Mentoring Consortium.

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Other scholarly activities

  1. Member of the Higher Education Academy
  2. Member of American Psychological Society
  3. Associate Member of American Psychological Association
  4. Member of the Institute for Research in Child Development at UEL

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