Staff profile

Dr Christopher Barnes

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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. My professional role is an academic one so my duties are split between teaching and research.  

Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

My main research interests include: 

My general interests more broadly cover the following: 

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

Doctoral Supervision

Research Grants

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.

Recent publications


Published Peer-Reviewed Journals

Male and female hands holding a pair of baby shoes between them

In this blog Christopher Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, examines what life in lockdown is like when you are a new parent.

a Hand holding a baby's hand

Dr Christopher Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, discusses the impact of having a baby born prematurely.

baby laying on stomach

With celebrities like Halle Berry, Celine Dion and Janet Jackson dominating the headlines for having babies over the age of 40, Dr Christopher Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, discusses the impact of having a baby later in life.