The group is composed of researchers that are experts in developmental psychology and psychopathology. Utilising multidisciplinary approaches the research expertise includes: infant social and conceptual development (core knowledge), cognitive, social and educational development (reading, language, numeracy) in typical and atypical populations, perception of facial appearance, the development of fears and phobias, bullying and victimization, premature birth, psychotic experiences and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The research group has published over 100 research articles in refereed journals, is currently home to six PhD students and has attracted substantial research funding from both the private and public sector. The group's research toolkit includes a wide range of equipment and a baby laboratory.
Research is conducted through an extensive network of collaborating primary and secondary schools in or near Kingston-upon-Thames and with other universities, organisations, charities and hospitals in the UK and overseas: University of Sussex; University of Brighton; Middlesex University; University of Birmingham; University of Nottingham; Durham University; UCL; Institute of Education; University of Surrey; CBCD, Birkbeck, University of London; King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience; University of Oxford; Goldsmiths University of London; University of Warwick.