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Rachel Maunder


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Rachel Maunder studied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. After obtaining a first class degree, she went on to study for a Phd whilst working in the Psychology department as a teaching assistant. After obtaining a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and completing her Phd research, Rachel then moved to the University of Warwick. She worked initially for the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, and then moved to the Centre for Academic Practice, where she supported staff development for learning and teaching. She joined the University of Northampton in 2008.

Rachel specialises in the psychology of education. Her main research interests are in the field of children’s peer relationships, bullying, and transitions. She also conducts research on students as partners in higher education. She coordinates the institutional URB@N scheme (Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton) and is the Learning and Teaching Lead for Psychology.

Rachel is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (including being a member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology and the Psychology of Education Section) and is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Research Interests

Her research areas focus on the psychology of education, with specific interest in children's peer relationships, bullyimg, transitions, and students as partners. 


Andrew Chitty; Psychology

Self Belief factors affecting the resilience and well-being of UK school teachers.


Chris Jackson; Psychology 

An investigation into the lived experiences of people with drug-related issues; how they understand their lives and identities in relation to wider societal perceptions and a new recover agenda.


Honest Lugube; Psychology 

Ethnicity and Inequality in foster care: To what extent does the current mental health provision address the needs of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children in foster care? 


Jacqueline Stone; Psychology

Uptake, efficacy and implementation of mindfulness based activities and interventions in schools in the South Midlands region of the UK.

Teaching Interests

Rachel coordinates three modules in the Psychology subject area:

  • PSY1008 Investigating Developmental Psychology
  • PSY2017 Independent Research in Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • PSY3023 Educational Psychology

Rachel also teaches on the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

She supervises dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Liverpool John Moores University

PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

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Research Output

Developmental transitions: Exploring stability and change through the lifespan

Crafter, S., Maunder, R. & Soulsby, L., 1 Apr 2019, Routledge. 196 p. (International Texts in Developmental Psychology)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Transitions

    Crafter, S. & Maunder, R., 23 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies. Cook, D. T. (ed.). Sage

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    School bullying from a sociocultural perspective

    Maunder, R. & Crafter, S., 4 Nov 2017, In : Aggression and Violent Behavior. 38

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

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  • Activities

    Gender-biased or just biased? Revisit the Draw-a-Scientist test with British primary school children

    Chao-Hwa Chen-Wilson (Speaker), Rachel Maunder (Speaker), Tracey Platt (Speaker), Nicola Derrer-Rendall (Speaker), Caroline Wesson (Speaker)
    12 Sep 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Sowing the seeds to build the STEM: investigating science capital in primary school children

    Rachel Maunder (Speaker), Chao-Hwa Chen-Wilson (Speaker)
    12 Sep 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Bullying and friendships during middle childhood

    Claire Monks (Speaker), Rachel Maunder (Speaker)
    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Self-belief factors affecting the resilience and well-being of English secondary schoolteachers

    Andrew Chitty (Speaker), Rachel Maunder (Speaker), Rosalyn Collings (Speaker)
    12 Sep 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Being friends with a bully: Friendship, aggression and the peer group

    Rachel Maunder (Speaker), Claire Monks (Speaker)
    4 Jun 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    How gender biased are our children in their drawing of a scientist?

    Chao-Hwa Chen-Wilson (Speaker), Rachel Maunder (Speaker)
    4 Sep 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Constructing partnerships: is the ‘how’ more important than the ‘what’?

    Rachel Maunder (Speaker)
    16 Sep 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopResearch


    Blurred lines: Bullying, friendship and the peer group in primary school

    Rachel Maunder (Speaker)
    24 Apr 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch


    Contributing to Government Policy in South Australia regarding bullying

    Rachel Maunder (Principal Investigator)

    Impact: Quality of life impacts, Public policy impacts, Social impacts, 03: Good Health and Well-Being (UN SDG)