Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University.
Dr Askew is a psychologist whose research primarily focuses on investigating the development of anxiety in childhood and possible interventions to prevent fear developing.
Anxiety is the most common of all childhood psychological disorders. It frequently hinders children's social and academic functioning and can therefore lead to problems in later life. Children can learn to become frightened of certain objects if they witness someone else acting frightened of them. This process is called "vicarious learning", and it is this process which Dr Askew is researching through a three-year ESRC-funded research project. For more information look here
This work is of interest to psychologists, parents and teachers. It will offer guidance on how to minimise the risk of transmitting fears to children and suggest ways to intervene quickly when it is recognised that a child may have been involved in a fear-related vicarious learning event. Finally, the research also has wider implications for how animals and other stimuli are presented to children (e.g. on television, in films, or in books).
|2006||D.Phil. Psychology, University of Sussex.|
|2003||MRes Psychological Methods (Distinction), University of Sussex.|
|2002||BA (Hons) Applied Psychology (first), University of Sussex.|
|2010 -||Senior lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University.|
|2007 - 2010||Lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University.|
|2006 - 2007||Visiting lecturer, Kingston University.|
|2003 - 2006||Associate tutor, University of Sussex.|
Askew, C., Dunne, G., Ozdil, Z., Reynolds, G., & Field, A. P. (2013). Stimulus fear-relevance and the vicarious learning pathway to childhood fears. Emotion, 13, 915-925.
Dunne, G. & Askew, C. (2013). Vicarious learning and un-learning of fear in children via mother and stranger models. Emotion, 13, 974-980.
Askew, C. & Field, A. P. (2008). The vicarious learning pathway to fear 40 years on. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 1249-1265.
Askew, C., Kessock-Philip, H. & Field, A. P. (2008). Interactions between the indirect pathways to fear in children: what happens when verbal threat information and vicarious learning combine? Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36, 491-505.
Field, A. P., Lascelles, K. R. R., Lester, K. J., Askew, C. & Davey, G. C. L. (2008). Evaluative conditioning: missing, presumed dead. Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 64, 46-64.
Askew, C. & Field, A. P. (2007). Vicarious learning and the development of fears during childhood. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 2616-2627.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy