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Dr John Lambie

John Lambie


Associate Professor of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
PhD Psychology (University of Cambridge).
Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society.

Dr Lambie lectures, writes and conducts research into emotional awareness, validation and regulation in both children and adults, and the effects of parenting styles. He is the author of Skylark's My First Emotions series and of the related research studies.

You can watch a talk on Dr Lambie’s research on emotion validation.

Read Dr Lambie's article in The Conversation: Should you hide negative emotions from children?

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Dr Ruth Ford

Ruth Ford


Associate Professor in Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
PhD Psychology (University of New South Wales, Australia).
Editorial Board member, British Journal of Developmental Psychology and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Dr Ford conducts research into the cognitive development of young children, focusing on the development of memory and executive functions. Her work also encompasses projects to help parents interact with their children in ways that promote thinking and learning. Dr Ford is the author of Skylark's Little Thinkers series.

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Dr Sarah Temple

Sarah Temple

Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
EHCAP Founder and Director.

Dr Temple is a GP expert with a special interest in neurodevelopment. She has more than 30 years experience working with children and young people both within General Practice and Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Dr Temple has developed the Mindful Emotion Coaching programme and wrote a fantastic book, All Emotions are OK.

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Dr Marisol Basilio

Marisol Basilio

Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
PhD Developmental Psychology and Education (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Educational psychology consultant for the LEGO Foundation and Skylark Learning.

Dr Basilio is a developmental and educational psychologist. She is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge, working as part of the Research Centre in Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL). She also collaborates with international projects to assess the perceptions and the value of play. Her research focus interests are concerned with understanding the interplay between language, self-regulation, and play in children’s development.

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Dr Dave Neale

Dave Neal

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
PhD Psychology (University of Cambridge).
Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning (PEDAL), University of Cambridge.

Dr Neale's research covers parent–infant interactions and the development of children’s thinking skills and behaviour control. He also works on the role of play in child development, including how collaborative play relates to brain activity in mothers and infants. From August 2017 to August 2018 he was part of Roberta Golinkoff’s Child’s Play, Learning & Development Lab at the University of Delaware. In addition to his research, he has acted as a consultant on play and learning for The LEGO Foundation and Skylark Learning, and given research advice or briefings to the US Military Operations Research Society and the UK Houses of Parliament.

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