Projects per year
My main research focus is on the psycho-social adjustment of children and young people who experience bullying behaviours. My work has often uses transactional theories of stress and coping as well as the social ecological model to inform this understanding. I'm also interested in children and young people’s use of, and interactions via, screens (i.e., smartphones, laptops, consoles etc) and how these behaviours may be related to wellbeing.
I am currently Deputy Course Leader for the BA in Psychology, as well as Level 2 Tutor for the same programme. I am also a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy here at Strathclyde .
Outside of the University, I’m an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia. I am also Academic Lead (2017-2022) for the Mental Health Foundation’s evaluation of the ‘See Me’ campaign (which aims to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Scotland).
ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-3922-1252
Academic / Professional qualifications
BA (Hons) Psychology (Strathclyde, 1997)
MRes Psychology (Strathclyde, 1999)
PhD Psychology (Strathclyde, 2004)
PGCert in Advanced Academic Studies (Strathclyde, 2006)
I am Class Leader for both the Level 2 class C8203 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis and the Level 3 class C8305 Development. I also teach statistics on our MSc Research Methods and MSc Clinical Health Psychology courses. These classes reflect my twin passions of developmental psychology and statistics.
Finally, I supervise PhD, Masters, and undergraduate research projects. These cover a range of topics, but have recently focussed on bullying, violence reduction, adolescent health and wellbeing (e.g., self-harm, loneliness, sleep), and screen use.
I’m particularly interested in how children and young people respond to bullying behaviours directed toward them from their peers. This includes: how they understand and interpret such experiences, how they cope, and how these issues are associated with psycho-social adjustment (primarily loneliness, symptoms of depression, and self-harm). Transactional theories of stress and coping guide this work, and (increasingly) I situate these within the social ecological model.
I recently led a project funded by the Violence Reduction Unit applying the social ecological model to our understanding of teen sexting, as well as examining the influence of perceived power on bystanding behaviour. These were considered against the background of the VRU's violence reduction project in Scottish schools (Mentors in Violence Prevention) and the team working on this project included co-applicant Lee Knifton, Dr Jun Sung Hong, Research Assistant Kirsten Russell, PhD students Stefani Pagani, Sofia Pimenta, and Inmaculada Marín-López, and final-year undergraduate student Lindsey Munro.
I also collaborate with Dr Jun Sung Hong, primarily using existing data sets (often the HBSC data), to understand bullying perpetration and bullying victimisation using a social ecological perspective. Key here is understanding the interplay between individual, family, peer, and school factors.
My second main research interest is children and young people’s use of screens and the degree to which this is, or is not, related to psycho-social adjustment. This work has included a three year project investigating screen use and wellbeing among Australian children and young people (led by Prof Stephen Houghton) and currently includes a funded project (also led by Prof Houghton) developing and testing the use of web-based platforms to deliver a Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM-I) procedure to tackle specific mental health challenges in adolescence.
Finally, I am examining the role that loneliness plays in the adverse health outcomes experienced by adolescents and emerging adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. This research is also in collaboration with Prof Houghton.
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia11 Jun 2015 → 31 Dec 2016
- Social Identity
- Screen use
Project: Knowledge Exchange (Services/Consultancy) › Knowledge Exchange (Services / Consultancy)
Research Output per year
Pilot testing the feasibility of a game intervention aimed at improving help seeking and coping among sexual and gender minority youth: protocol for a randomized controlled trialCoulter, R. W. S., Sang, J. M., Marquez, W. L., Henderson, E. R., Espelage, D., Hunter, S. C., DeLucas, M., Abebe, K. Z., Miller, E., Morrill, B. A., Hieftje, K., Friedman, M. S. & Egan, J. E., 15 Feb 2019, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 8, 2, 29 p., e12164.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to conference › Speech
Simon Hunter (Recipient), 8 Jun 2015