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Biography

I am Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

Qualifications:

  • MA (Hons) Psychology (University of Glasgow)
  • PgDip Management Studies, Templeton College, University of Oxford
  • Msc Research Methods (University of Reading)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Portsmouth)

Higher Education Teaching Qualifications:

  • PgCert (Distinction) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Winchester
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)

Teaching responsibilities:

I have been Programme Leader for BSc Psychology and pathways since September 2014. Previously, I was Programme Leader for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. I am currently Module Leader for Foundations in Psychology and I have taught on a variety of modules including Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, and Conceptual Debates. I also supervise final-year undergraduate project students.

Areas of expertise

  • Positive emotions in infancy
  • Socialisation of children's emotions
  • Comparative perspectives on infant development across cultures and species
  • The emotional aspects of parent-child shared reading

Supervision of research students

​I welcome enquiries about research supervision; my areas of supervision are: infancy and child development, particularly social and emotional development and comparative approaches.

Publications

  • Ross, K., Pye, R.E. and Randell, J. (2016) Reading touch screen storybooks with mothers negatively affects 7-year-old readers’ comprehension but enriches emotional engagement. Frontiers in Psychology, 7.
  • Gray, D., Ross, K.M., Prat-Sala, M., Kibble, S., & Harden, B. (2015). Stepping back and listening: Staff experiences of using a coaching approach in an acute rehabilitation ward for older adults. Qualitative Health Research, 18 October 2015 (online), 1-10. doi:10.1177/1049732315604589
  • Ross, K. M., Bard, K. A., & Matsuzawa, T. (2015). Playful expressions of one-year-old chimpanzee infants in social and solitary play contexts. In E. Di Paolo & H. De Jaegher (Eds), Towards an embodied science of intersubjectivity: widening the scope of social understanding research (pp 158-170). Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88919-529-9
  • Kibble, S., Gray, D., Prat-Sala, M., Ross, K., Johnson, K., Packer, J., Harden, B. (2014). Recovery coaching in an acute older people rehabilitation ward. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 3. doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u205646.w2316
  • Ross, K. M., Bard, K. A., & Matsuzawa, T. (2014). Playful expressions of one-year-old chimpanzee infants in social and solitary play contexts. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 741. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00741
  • Thorsteinsson, K., Ross, K., & Bard, K.A. (2008). Positive emotional expressions in chimpanzee infants. Primate Eye: Primate Society of Great Britain, 96 – Special Issue, 37.
  • Under previous name, Brown:
  • Brown, K.M. & Bard, K.A. (2007). Playful expressions and their contexts in one-year-old chimpanzees. Abstracts of the 2nd Congress of the European Federation for Primatology, Prague, Czech Republic, 11.
  • Research Interests
    My research interests centre on emotional development during infancy. Alongside Professor Kim Bard, my PhD supervisor, and other collaborators, I investigated the contexts of one-year-old infants’ joyful emotional expressions through a method of naturalistic observation.
  • My research has a comparative perspective both across cultures (British and Cameroon Nso infants) and across species (human and chimpanzee infants). A comparative approach helps to understand the flexibility of emotion socialisation across cultures and species while also highlighting fundamental similarities and their evolutionary significance.
  • I am currently one of the principal investigators on the Emoread Study, together with Dr Jordan Randell and Dr Rachel Pye. This study is examining the impact of touch-screen devices and interactive books apps on children’s reading comprehension and the emotional aspects of parent-child shared reading experiences.
  • I worked as a Market Research Manager for several years where I gained experience in focus groups, interviews, participant observation, thematic analysis, and questionnaire design and analysis. I have also conducted research with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Conference presentations

  • Bard, KA, Butler, LA, Ross, K, & Keller, H. (2011). Socio-emotional contexts of naturally occurring joint attention events in 1-year-old Nso humans and 1-year-old chimpanzee infants. In symposium organized by G Deak & K De Barbaro, entitled "How (Measuring) Moment-to-Moment Changes in Behavior can Help Explain Processes of Human and Non-Human Infants' Social Development", held at the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada, 31 March - 3 April 2011.
  • Ross, K., Bard, K., & Thorsteinsson, K. (2008, March). The form and context of smiles in infancy across cultures and across species. In K. Bard (Chair), Smiling and laughter in infants in comparative and developmental perspective. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Vancouver, BC.

Under previous name, Brown:

  • Brown, K.M., Bard, K.A., Keller, H., Yovsi, R.D., & Otto, H. (2007, August). Joyful emotions in one-year-old British and Cameroonian infants. In K. Bard (Chair), The first years of life: broadening our understanding of development by taking a cultural models perspective. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the 13th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Jena, Germany.
  • Brown, K.M., Bard, K.A., Keller, H., Yovsi, R.D., & Otto, H. (2007, March). Joyful emotions in infancy: cross-cultural and cross-species comparisons. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.
  • Brown, K.M., Bard, K.A., Tomonaga, M., Keller, H., & Yovsi, R.D. (2006, July). The experience of joy in infancy: cross-cultural and cross-species comparisons. Poster session presented at the 18th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Isle of Spetses, Greece.

Invited talks

  • Ross, K.M. (2011, June). Joyful expressions in infancy: Cross-species comparisons. Paper presented at the Mini-Conference on Primate Enculturation, University of Portsmouth.
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