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Biography

Karen Morris had careers as a primary teacher and an educational psychologist before joining the University of Winchester in 2010. As a Senior Educational Psychologist, she developed specialisms in the areas of Early Years and of autistic spectrum differences.  She worked extensively in providing continuing professional development for those working in schools and Early Years settings and it is partly enjoyment of this work that led her to come to Winchester, where her teaching involves work-based students.  

Karen is the Programme Leader for Childhood Studies. She led the 2012 validation of the foundation degree in Childhood Studies and in 2014 she and the team validated a BA (Hons) Childhood Studies ‘Top Up’. Both programmes are multidisciplinary with team members bringing a variety of perspectives. Karen tends to emphasise psychology within her contributions. She teaches modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 and some of these draw on material developed from her published book and her current research. 

Karen’s research is in areas related to Childhood Studies, particularly social and emotional development. She is currently studying for a doctorate (DEdPsy) at University College London.  ​​

Areas of expertise

  • Early Years
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Working with Parents

Publications

  • Morris, K. (2015) Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Early Years, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Conferences

  • Morris, K. (2015) Self Determination Theory and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour. Children and Childhoods Conference, University Campus Suffolk.
  • Morris, K. (2014) Best friends forever? What teachers need to know about best friendship in primary school. Paper presented at Education and Childhood Studies: Research, Practice and Impact Conference, University of Portsmouth. 
  • Morris, K. (2014) Promoting Positive Behaviour with a focus on the importance of Autonomy. Paper presented at symposium on promoting social, emotional, behavioural and mental health in Childhood and Education, University of Portsmouth.
  • Morris, K. (2012 and 2013), Autistic Spectrum Differences in Girls. Guest speaker presentation at Southampton City Council’s conferenceIncluding Pupils with Autism.
  • Morris, K. (2005) Work/Life Balance: A Systemic Analysis of Educational Psychology in Southampton Paper presented at the Southern Educational Psychologists' Conference, Dorset.
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