Dr Katharine Clifford


I am a Lecturer in developmental psychology and my research interests include social and developmental psychology in educational settings. My recent research has looked at the process of resilience and educational transitions. I am keen to understand how children experience school transitions from an ecological approach. This includes children with a visible difference, neurodiverse and neurotypical developing children. As a qualitative researcher, I am drawn to the meaning of the narrative and the experiences of the individual and/or the group. 

Currently, my research focus is:

  • Educational transitions for typically and atypically developing children
  • Resilience in action for children that look different during school transitions
  • Peer relationships and resilience as a process

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology


  • PhD
  • MSc Psychology