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 is informed by both transactional theories of stress and coping and the social ecological model. I'm also interested in children and young people’s use of, and interactions via, screens (i.e., smartphones, laptops, consoles etc) and how these behaviours may be related to wellbeing. 

I am currently Deputy Course Leader for the BA in Psychology, and I am also a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy here at Strathclyde .

Outside of the University, I’m an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia. I am also Academic Lead (2017-2022) for the Mental Health Foundation’s evaluation of the ‘See Me’ campaign (which aims to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Scotland).

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-3922-1252

Elsewhere on the web, there is more information about me on GoogleScholar and ResearchGate.


Bullying among children and adolescents
Thornberg Robert, Hunter Simon C, Hong Jun S, Rönnberg Jerker
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology Vol 61, pp. 1-5 (2020)
Loneliness accounts for the association between diagnosed Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and symptoms of depression among adolescents
Houghton Stephen, Lawrence David, Hunter Simon C, Zadow Corinne, Kyron Michael, Paterson Roger, Carroll Annemaree, Christie Richard, Brandtman Mark
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, pp. 1-33 (2020)
Relations among online emotional content use, social and emotional competencies and cyberbullying
Marín-López Inmaculada, Zych Izabela, Ortega-Ruiz Rosario, Hunter Simon C, Llorent Vicente J
Children and Youth Services Review Vol 108 (2020)
Measurement issues relevant to questionnaire data
Hunter Simon C, Noret Nathalie, Boyle James ME
Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Bullying (2020) (2020)
Reflective pondering is associated with executive control for emotional information : an adolescent prospective study
Stewart Tracy M, Hunter Simon C, Rhodes Sinead M
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry Vol 65 (2019)
Longitudinal relationships between sexting and involvement in both bullying and cyberbullying
Ojeda, Mónica, Del Rey Rosario, Hunter Simon C
Journal of Adolescence Vol 77, pp. 81-89 (2019)

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I am Class Leader for the Level 2 class C8203 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis and I teach on the Level 3 class C8305 Development. I also teach statistics on our MSc Research Methods and MSc Clinical Health Psychology courses. These classes reflect my twin passions of developmental psychology and statistics. 

Finally, I supervise PhD, Masters, and undergraduate research projects. These cover a range of topics, but have recently focussed on bullying, violence reduction, adolescent health and wellbeing (e.g., self-harm, loneliness, sleep, mental health stigma), and screen use.

Research interests

I’m particularly interested in how children and young people respond to bullying behaviours directed toward them from their peers. This includes: how they understand and interpret such experiences, how they cope, and how these issues are associated with psycho-social adjustment (primarily loneliness, symptoms of depression, and self-harm). Transactional theories of stress and coping guide this work, and (increasingly) I situate these within the social ecological model.

I recently led a project funded by the Violence Reduction Unit applying the social ecological model to our understanding of teen sexting, as well as examining the influence of perceived power on bystanding behaviour. These were considered against the background of the VRU's violence reduction project in Scottish schools (Mentors in Violence Prevention) and the team working on this project included co-applicant Lee Knifton, Dr Jun Sung Hong, Research Assistant Kirsten Russell, PhD students Stefani Pagani, Sofia Pimenta, and Inmaculada Marín-López, and final-year undergraduate student Lindsey Munro.

I also collaborate with Dr Jun Sung Hong, primarily using existing data sets (often the HBSC data), to understand bullying perpetration and bullying victimisation using a social ecological perspective. Key here is understanding the interplay between individual, family, peer, and school factors.

My second main research interest is children and young people’s use of screens and the degree to which this is, or is not, related to psycho-social adjustment. This work has included a three year project investigating screen use and wellbeing among Australian children and young people (led by Prof Stephen Houghton) and currently includes a funded project (also led by Prof Houghton) developing and testing the use of web-based platforms to deliver a Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM-I) procedure to tackle specific mental health challenges in adolescence.

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

Professional activities

Adolescent Screen Media Use and Psycho-Social Adjustment
Stephen Houghton
University of Western Australia
Visiting researcher
Illinois Institute of Technology
Visiting researcher
Stephen Houghton
Mónica Ojeda Pérez

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Violence Reduction Unit - Studentships
Hunter, Simon C. (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
Individual, Family, and School Factors Relating to Sexting and Bullying.
Hunter, Simon C. (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
Humour styles and bullying in schools
Hunter, Simon C. (Principal Investigator) Fox, Claire (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2012

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