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Dr Gill Waters

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 233508


Research profile:

I am a developmental psychologist and my main area of research is young children’s metacognition (how they think about what they know). I am also interested how young children develop an understanding of the emotional and social world around them; children and adolescent's mental imagery and how it impacts on their education and mental health; adolescent's emotional development; adoption and post-adoption support; parenting.

However, I am always keen to expand my areas of expertise via collaboration with other disciplines and with industry. I always welcome applications from prospective PhD students in the field of developmental psychology.

I worked in a variety of jobs before I began my BSc in Psychology as a part-time mature student with The Open University in 1999. I then became a full time doctoral student at the University of Birmingham in 2005. I worked as a lecturer at the University of Leeds and then joined the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford in 2009. I am a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the British Psychological Society, and the Centre for Applied Educational Research (CAER) at the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research. 

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I am broadly interested in young children’s understanding of knowledge states. My PhD research focused on 4- to 7-year-old children’s understanding of aspectuality (the acquisition of knowledge through perceptual actions). My other research interests include young children’s understanding of: Theory of Mind (how others’ thoughts and beliefs differ from one’s own); the categorisation of people and things; emotional beliefs and sentimental attachments to objects. 

I am keen to supervise PhD students in any of the above research areas, and will also consider supervising doctoral research in related topics. Please contact me for an informal discussion in the first instance. 


Teaching interests

My teaching expertise is in the field of developmental psychology. I also specialise in teaching quantitative research methods.