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Dr Simon 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 uses transactional theories of stress and coping as well as the social ecological model to inform this understanding. 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, as well as Level 2 Tutor for the same programme. 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) and act as External Examiner for the MSc Psychology of Child Development at the University of Central Lancashire.


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


The relationship between peer-victimization, cognitive appraisals, and adjustment : a systematic review
Noret Nathalie, Hunter Simon C., Rasmussen Susan
Journal of School Violence Vol 17, pp. 451-471, (2018)
Reciprocal relationships between trajectories of depressive symptoms and screen media use during adolescence
Houghton Stephen, Lawrence David, Hunter Simon C., Rosenberg Michael, Zadow Corinne, Wood Lisa, Shilton Trevor
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, (2018)
Cognitive appraisals mediate affective reactivity in affiliative extraversion
Inglis Greig, Obonsawin Marc C., Hunter Simon C.
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 9, (2018)
Insomnia and nightmares as markers of risk for suicidal ideation in young people : investigating the role of defeat and entrapment
Russell Kirsten, Rasmussen Susan, Hunter Simon C.
Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Vol 14, pp. 775-784, (2018)
Individual, Family, and School Factors Relating to Sexting and Bullying : Final Report
Hunter Simon C., Russell Kirsten, Knifton Lee
A prospective investigation of rumination and executive control processes in predicting overgeneral memory recall in adolescence
Stewart Tracy M., Hunter Simon C., Rhodes Sinéad M.
Memory and Cognition Vol 46, pp. 482-496, (2018)

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I am Class Leader for both the Level 2 class C8203 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis and the Level 3 class C8305 Development. These classes reflect my twin passions of developmental psychology and statistics.

I also teach statistics on our MSc Research Methods and MSc Clinical Health Psychology courses. In addition, I am Module Leader for Social and Developmental Psychology on our MSc Psychology with a Specialisation in Business.

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), 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.

At present, I’m 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 on bystanding behaviour. These will be 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 include 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. 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

University of Western Australia
Visiting researcher
Child Development (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Addiction Research and Theory (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Invited guest on Clyde 2 radio
SLEEP (Journal)
Peer reviewer
University of Seville
Visiting researcher

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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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