Dr Helen Marwick

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Helen Marwick is a developmental psychologist in the School of Education, who lectures on child development and on autism, and has researched extensively on social interactions, communicative development and interpersonal understanding. She is currently involved in research on intersubjectivity and social engagement, and on conceptual development within autism spectrum disorders, and has developed the Joint-Play Intersubjectivity Assessment Method (JPIAM), also known as  ‘Playboxes’, which promotes and assesses active interpersonal engagement and communication, and which is being used in a number of school settings across Scotland and internationally. Helen is a member of international research groups investigating neurodevelopmental disorders and social communication, and is a regular invited addressee and keynote speaker at international conferences.


Developing pretend play in autistic children using the Playboxes joint play approach as part of ongoing practice
Marwick Helen, Jarvie Karena, Cowie Hilary, Johnston Lorna, Hammond-Evans Nicola, Cockayne Rachael
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2021)
Expectations and emotions concerning infant transitions to ECEC : international dialogues with parents and teachers
White E J, Rutanen N, Marwick H, Souza Amorim K, Karagiannidou E, Herold LKM
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal Vol 28, pp. 363-374 (2020)
Eliciting student teachers' views on educational research to support practice in the modern diverse classroom : a workshop approach
McCartney Elspeth, Marwick Helen, Hendry Gillian, Ferguson Erin C
Higher Education Pedagogies Vol 3, pp. 342-372 (2018)
Tensions and challenges concerning ethics on video research with young children - experiences from an international collaboration among seven countries
Rutanen Niina, Amorim Kátia de Souza, Marwick Helen, White Jayne
Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy Vol 3 (2018)
Intersubjective philosophical connection in young school age children on the autism spectrum
Marwick Helen, Cassidy Claire
British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference (2017)
Intersubjective experience in very young infants in group based nursery settings : an international study
Marwick Helen, White E Jayne
British Psychological Society, Developmental Section Conference. Stratford-upon-Avon. (2017)

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Professional activities

International Conference: Action on Autism Research in Scotland
Action on Autism Seminar 4
Action on Autism Research Series: Social Research, Interventions and Impact
Action on Autism Seminar Series 2
Marwick, H (2014) Developments in symbolic play and expressive language of children with autism through the use of ‘Playboxes’: The Joint-Play Intervention Method. Autism Network Scotland Learning Event.February, 2014
Invited speaker
The Royal Society of New Zealand. Indigenous Research Conference, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand, April 2014
Invited speaker

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Developing workshop materials summarising evidence-based classroom approaches to support student teachers in responding effectively to issues of diversity and inclusion
McCartney, Elspeth (Principal Investigator) Marwick, Helen (Co-investigator)
Developing workshop materials summarising evidence-based classroom approaches to support student teachers in responding effectively to issues of diversity and inclusion
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2014
Action on Autism Research seminar series
Dunlop, Aline-Wendy (Principal Investigator) Marwick, Helen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2015
Action on Autism Research seminar series
Robinson, Anna (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Aline-Wendy (Principal Investigator) Marwick, Helen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 16-Jan-2014
Support for Learning Programme - Autism Toolkit
Dunlop, Aline-Wendy (Principal Investigator) Marwick, Helen (Co-investigator) Tait, Charlene (Co-investigator)
26-Jan-2008 - 30-Jan-2008

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