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Dr Chris Askew

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University.

Dr Chris   Askew Areas of expertise

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Overview

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).

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
2006 D.Phil. Psychology, University of Sussex.
2003 MRes Psychological Methods (Distinction), University of Sussex.
2002 BA (Hons) Applied Psychology (first), University of Sussex.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
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.

Research

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.

Professional Body Membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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