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Mrs Rachel Latham

Post:Associate Tutor (Psychology)
Other posts:Research student (Psychology)
Location:PEVENSEY 1 1C5
Email:R.M.Latham@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

2013-2017     PhD Psychology, University of Sussex 

                       Thesis title: Mothers' and fathers' perceptions of the family context and children's adjustment: Coparenting                        young twins.

2015-2016     Research Intern at the Early Intervention Foundation (6 months)

2010-2013     Social Work Resource Officer, Brighton & Hove Children's Services

2009-2010     Community Family Worker, Brighton & Hove Children's Services

2004-2007     BSc Psychology (1st class), University of Sussex 

 

My interest in Psychology has always been in the area of Developmental Psychology.  After completion of my undergraduate degree I was keen to gain hands-on experience and so I worked for several years on the frontline of children's services. As a Community Family Worker I delivered family support and parenting work to 'at risk' families in the community, and also supervised contact between ‘Looked After Children’ and their birth families.  As a Social Work Resource Officer (working in a child protection/child in need team and child in care team) I was the allocated worker for a caseload of vulnerable children, responsible for their care plan and all-round support. 

In 2013 I was delighted to commence doctoral research studies under the supervision of Dr Bonamy Oliver and Dr Alison Pike.  My experience as a practitioner has provided valuable context to my academic studies and also prompted my recent internship at the Early Intervention Foundation, where research evidence is used to inform practice and policy.

 

Role

  • Doctoral Researcher, Developmental Psychology
  • Associate Tutor, Psychology

 

Activities

  • Associate Researcher of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).
  • Member of The Nurture Lab research group:  Our research centres on family and twin designs, to better understand the role of children’s experiences within the context of their genetic propensities.  We are particularly interested in parenting, sibling relationships, friendships, and play in relation to prosocial and disruptive behaviours.
  • Associate Tutor representative (2014-2015).
  • Co-organiser of the 'Clinical & Developmental Research In Progress' (CDRIP) fortnightly seminar series (2014-2015).