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Dr Simon C. Hunter

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

My main research focus is on the psycho-social adjustment of children and young people who experience bullying behaviours. My work has often used coping theory to inform this understanding. I'm also interested in young people’s experiences of discrimination, whether that be on the basis of sexuality, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity. My final research focus is children and young people’s use of, and interactions via, screens (i.e., smartphones, laptops, consoles etc). 

I am currently Level 2 Tutor for the BA Psychology where my role is to oversee the delivery and organisation of our undergraduate psychology program at Level 2.

Finally, I am a current Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia and a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy at Strathclyde University. 




The relationship between peer-victimization, cognitive appraisals, and adjustment : a systematic review
Noret Nathalie Florence, Hunter Simon C., Rasmussen Susan
Journal of School Violence, (2017)
A prospective investigation of rumination and executive control processes in predicting overgeneral memory recall in adolescence
Stewart Tracy, Hunter Simon, Rhodes Sinead
Memory and Cognition, pp. 1-46, (2017)
Associations between positive mental well-being and depressive symptoms in Australian adolescents
Zadow Corinne, Houghton Stephen, Hunter Simon C., Rosenberg Michael, Wood Lisa
The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist Vol 34, pp. 95-105, (2017)
A narrative synthesis of the applicability of the CaR-FA-X model in child and adolescent populations : a systematic review
Stewart Tracy M., Hunter Simon C., Rhodes Sinead M.
Memory Vol 25, pp. 1161-1190, (2017)
Development of the Adolescent Preoccupation with Screens Scale
Hunter Simon C., Houghton Stephen, Zadow Corinne, Rosenberg Michael, Wood Lisa, Shilton Trevor, Lawrence David
Bmc public health Vol 17, (2017)
Parental attributions of control for child behaviour and their relation to discipline practices in parents of children with and without developmental delays
Jacobs Myrthe, Woolfson Lisa Marks, Hunter Simon C.
Journal of Child and Family Studies Vol 26, pp. 1713–1722, (2017)

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As well as supervising PhD and Masters students, I teach at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.

I am Class Leader for C8203 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis at Level 2, Class Leader for C8305 Development at Level 3, and teach statistics on our MSc Research Methods and MSc Clinical Health Psychology courses. I am also Module Leader for C8981 Social and Developmental Psychology on our MSc Psychology with a Specialisation in Business.

Research interests

I seek to understand the ways in which young people’s experiences of bullying behaviour lead to psycho-social maladjustment. This has included work that integrates young people’s use of humour (with Dr Claire Fox and Dr Sian Jones), their strength of ethnic/religious identity (with Prof Kevin Durkin, Prof Derek Heim, and Prof Christine Howe), and the influence of social-ecological variables (with Dr Jun Sung Hong and Prof Dorothy Espelage). In 2017-18, I am leading a project funded by the Violence Reduction Unit which will apply the social ecological model to our understanding of teen sexting, as well as examining the influence of perceived power as a factor in bystanding behaviour. These will be considered against the background of the VRU's violence reduction project in Scottish schools (Mentors in Violence Prevention).

I am also interested in better understanding the ways in which children and young people's use of screens is related to wellbeing. This work has included a three year project investigating screen use and wellbeing among Australian children and young people (led by Prof Stephen Houghton).

Finally, I am examining the role that loneliness plays in the adverse health outcomes experienced by children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders. This research is also in collaboration with Prof Stephen Houghton.

Professional activities

Invited guest on Clyde 2 radio
SLEEP (Journal)
Peer reviewer
University of Seville
Visiting researcher
Aggressive Behavior (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Advances and Challenges in LGBT+ Research

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Individual, Family, and School Factors Relating to Sexting and Bullying.
Hunter, Simon (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 30-Apr-2018
Violence Reduction Unit - Studentships
Hunter, Simon (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2020
Humour styles and bullying in schools
Hunter, Simon (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2011 - 31-Oct-2012

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