Dr Carrie Childs

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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I am a full time lecturer in Psychology. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for the BSc Applied Psychology (Mediterranean College). 

I teach on a range of modules, mainly social psychology, forensic psychology and qualitative research methods.

Research interests

My research interests are interaction in a range of settings using discursive and conversation analytic techniques. I have particular interests in family interaction and investigative interviewing. My current work examines interaction between interviewers and children in alleged sexual abuse cases.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Psychology/Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University

Research qualifications

  • MRes Psychology, The University of Manchester
  • PhD Social Psychology, Loughborough University

Recent publications

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. (forthcoming). Self-disclosure and self-deprecating self-reference: Conversational practices of personalisation in police interviews with children reporting alleged sexual offenses. Journal of Pragmatics. 

Childs, C., & Hepburn, A. (2015). Emotion discourse. In Tileaga, C., Stokoe, E. (Eds.), Discursive Psychology: Classic and Contemporary Issues. London: Routledge.

Symeonides, R., & Childs, C. (2015). The personal experience of online learning: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Computers in Human Behaviour, 51, 539-545.

Childs, C. (2015). Formulations. In Tracy, K (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Wiley-Blackwell and International Communication Association.

Childs, C. (2014). From reading minds to social interaction: Respecifying Theory of Mind. Human Studies, 37(1), 103-122.

Childs, C. (2012). 'I'm not X, I just want Y': Formulating 'wants' in interaction. Discourse Studies, 14(2), 181-196.

Childs, C. (2012). Directing and requesting: Two interactive uses of the mental state terms 'want' and 'need'. Text and Talk, 32(6), 727-749.

Childs, C., & Murray, C. (2010). 'We all had an experience in there together': A discursive psychological analysis of collaborative paranormal accounts by paranormal investigation team members. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7: 1-13.

Recent conferences

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. The application of conversation analysis to investigative interviewing. British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, September 2016. 

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. “I was never good at maths”: Police officers’ self-disclosures in interviews with children reporting alleged sexual abuse. British Psychological Society Developmental Section and Social Section Annual Conference, Manchester, September 2015.

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. “You’ll have to bear with me, I’m a bit of a technophobe”: Officers’ disclosures of personal information in investigative interviews. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Liverpool, May 2015.

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. Interviewing children as witnesses in alleged sexual abuse cases: A field study. Contemporary Challenges and Potential Solutions in Criminal Investigation, Derby, March 2015.

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. “You’ve worked really hard to remember”: Practices of building rapport with children reporting alleged sexual abuse. 8th Loughborough CA Day, Loughborough, December 2014.

Childs, C., & Walsh, D. Building rapport with children as witnesses in sexual abuse cases: A conversation analytic field study. International Investigative Interviewing Group 7th Annual Conference, Lausanne, June 2014.

Childs, C., & Hepburn, A. 'Anger' in interaction: Sequential and prosodic properties. International Conference on Conversation Analysis, Los Angeles, June 2014

Invited Talks, Classes, and Workshops:

The early career lecturer. Workshop delivered at The British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Canterbury, September 2014.

Additional interests and activities

  • Organiser of the Annual Conference on Applied Qualitative Research series at the University of Derby

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