Dr Christopher Barnes

Position: Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Subject area: Psychology

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About

I have always had an interest in working with newborn babies, children and their parents, and in 2004 I was awarded a PhD scholarship (entitled “Cognitive, Emotional and Environmental Mediators of Early Parenting in High risk families”) at the University of Wolverhampton, under the direction of Emeritus Professor Elvidina Adamson-Macedo. My research aimed to provide evidence on the benefits of environmental support programmes (in the form of tactile interventions) to the mental health of mothers and the development of their prematurely born babies. Before I came to Derby I was working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement. I joined the University of Derby in September 2009 and am currently a full-time Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Programme Leader for the MSc Applied Developmental Psychology. My professional role is an academic one so my duties are split between teaching and research.  

Teaching responsibilities

  • I am Programme Leader for the MSc in Applied Developmental Psychology
  • I lead/teach on a range of on-campus modules mainly within the fields of Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • I lead a specialist final year Undergraduate module 'Family Health across the Lifespan'

Research interests

My main research interests include: 

  • Parenting with a specific focus on maternal self-efficacy
  • Child development with a focus on categorisation and health beliefs
  • Newborn development and assessment focusing on hospitalised preterm babies

My general interests more broadly cover the following: 

  • Newborn Cognitive, Motor and Social Development
  • Maternal Mental Health
  • Self-Efficacy, Self-Esteem and Attachment
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Development of Health and Developmental Measurement Outcome Scales

Membership of professional bodies

  • Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Young Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Child Health Care
  • Deputy Chair of the Psychology Research Ethics Committee, University of Derby

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. “Cognitive, Emotional and Environmental Mediators of Early Parenting in High Risk Families (Scholarship awarded by School of Applied Sciences, Research Institute in Healthcare Science, University of Wolverhampton)
  • PG CERT HE - Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Wolverhampton)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Human Biology (University of Wolverhampton)

Recent publications

Textbooks

Barnes, C.R. (2018) Applied Developmental Psychology. Palgrave: Basingstoke: UK.

Published Peer-Reviewed Journals

Duarte, J., McEwan, K., Barnes, C., Gilbert, P., & Maratos, F. A. (Submitted). The physiological and emotional effects of touch: Assessing a hand-massage intervention with high and low self-critics.  International Journal of Psychophysiology

Knibb, R. C., Barnes, C., & Stalker, C. (Submitted). Validation of the English version of the Scale for Psychosocial Factors in Food Allergy (SPS-FA) and the relationship with mental health, quality of life and self-efficacy.  Journal of Allergy

Knibb, R. C., Barnes, C., & Stalker, C. (2016). Parental self‐efficacy in managing food allergy and mental health predicts food allergy related quality of life. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

Knibb, R. C., Barnes, C., & Stalker, C. (2015). Parental confidence in managing food allergy: development and validation of the food allergy self‐efficacy scale for parents (FASE‐P). Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 45(11), 1681-1689.

Tristão, R. M., Neiva, E. R., Barnes, C. R., & Adamson-Macedo, E. (2015). Validation of the scale of perceived self-efficacy of maternal parenting in Brazilian sample. Journal of Human Growth and Development25(3), 277-286.

Duarte, J., McEwan, K., Barnes, C., Gilbert, P., & Maratos, F. A. (2014). Do therapeutic imagery practices affect physiological and emotional indicators of threat in high self‐critics? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice88(3), 270-284

Barnes, C.R. & Adamson-Macedo, E.N. (2007) The Perceived Maternal Parenting Self-Efficacy (PMP S-E) tool: Development and Validation with Mothers of Hospitalised Preterm Neonates. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(5), 550-560.

Barnes, C.R. & Adamson-Macedo, E. N. (2004) Perceived Parenting Self-Efficacy (PMP S-E) of mothers who are breastfeeding hospitalised preterm neonates. in Adamson-Macedo, E.N. (Ed.), Expanding Frontiers of Neonatology. Special Issue of Neuroendocrinology Letters25(1), 95-102.

Adamson-Macedo, E.N. and Barnes, C.R. (2004) Grasping and Fingering (active and haptic touch) in healthy newborns. in Adamson-Macedo, E.N. (Ed.), Expanding Frontiers of Neonatology. Special Issue of Neuroendocrinology Letters25(1), 157-168.

Recent conferences

  • Validation of the English version of the Scale for Psychosocial Factors in Food Allergy (SPS-FA) and the relationship with mental health, quality of life and self-efficacy (2016) European Health Psychology conference, Aberdeen.
  • Greater confidence in management of food allergy by parents predicts better quality of life (2014) Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting Dublin, Ireland.
  • Predictors of food allergy related self-efficacy in parents of severely food allergic children (2014) BPS - Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, York.
  • Knowledge and practices of pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding food allergen avoidance (2011) Clinical and Experimental Allergy Conference, Nottingham.

Additional interests and activities

Doctoral Supervision

  • Assessing Compensatory Health Beliefs (CHB) in young children (Atiya Kamal) - Completed
  • An investigation into the role of imaginative play in the development and embedding of gender-schema (Kay Owen) – Submitted

Research Grants

  • A longitudinal study investigating the developmental effects of an early tactile intervention upon premature and full-term born babies during their first year of life (2013, £3,225)
  • A cross cultural comparison of Perceived Maternal Parenting Self-efficacy (PMPS-E) and feeding practices in mothers of newborn babies (2012, £3,330)
  • Maternal beliefs and practices regarding allergen avoidance during pregnancy and lactation, (2010, £3,200)
  • The role of self-criticism in responsiveness to touch & compassionate imagery, Mental Health Research Unit, Derby (2010, £5000)
  • KTP – Evaluation of Specialist Care Homes and their impact on children’s’ development – ESRC funded (2009, £160,000)
  • A Needs Assessment of the CAMHS Service in Walsall and its impact upon children’s’ development, Commissioned by Walsall PCT. (2009, £15,000)
  • Novel Learning Aids for Newborns funded by a Mercia Spinner and Sciart grant. (2008, £15,000)
  • Improving the Mental Health of BME Men, Commissioned by the Men’s Health Forum and on behalf of the Department of Health. (2008, £30,000)

Selected Published Research Reports

Barnes, C.R. and Sallah, D.K. (2009) A Needs Assessment of the CAMHS Service in Walsall. A 6 month project funded by Walsall PCT.

Adamson-Macedo, E.N. and Barnes, C.R. (2008) Novel Learning Aids for Newborns. A 5 year study developing a new learning aid to enhance the cognitive, motor and communication development of newborn babies funded by a Mercia Spinner and Sciart at the Wellcome Trust.

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