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I am Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at Kingston University, having previously worked at Brunel University, the National Children's Bureau, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, the London School of Economics, the Thomas Coram Research Unit, and the Institute of Psychiatry. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Research has been a central feature of my career and I have led large-scale projects in areas such as youth and religion, deliberate self-harm among young people, health in childhood, and social disadvantage. Recently I have changed direction and my latest published project examines the lives of women born during the post-war baby boom. Currently I am working on an analysis of the 'lockdown diaries' completed by over sixty men and women over the age of 70 for a six-month period from March 2020.
Widely published, I am the author of many academic papers as well as over a dozen books. Among these are: