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Professor Patrick Leman

Research interests

My research focuses on children's social development. I explore the links between developing processes of communication and children's peer group collaboration. In these areas I have examined children's moral development, cognition and decision-making, learning in science, and how these processes are affected by children's emerging social identities and relationships in diverse and multicultural contexts. I am also co-founder of the White Water Writers project that aims to increase psychological, social and literacy skills in young people from disadvantaged areas.

I studied at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (MA Psychology & Philosophy) and Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (PhD Psychology). Before coming to King's I was Head of Department of Psychology and Associate Dean of Science at Royal Holloway, University of London where I was co-director of the Social Development Lab. I was also a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, London and University of Cambridge. I am a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Higher Education Academy, Editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, and a member of the Society for Research in Child Development's Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee.

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