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Kate Ellis-Davies

Senior Lecturer, Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

Kate researches lifespan development, specifically the paths to parenting, the well-being of parents, and the development of parent-child relationships.

Kate manages a European project funded by the ESRC, NSF (France), and NWO (The Netherlands), which investigates early parent and child development in families aided by assisted reproduction, including parents within same and different-sex couples. This work is in collaboration with Professor Olivier Vecho, Professor Martine Gross, Dr. Beren, Professor Henny Bos, Dr. Loes van Rijn, Professor Michael Lamb, Professor Susan Golombok, and Dr. Alice Winstanley.

Kate’s research across the lifespan includes work with the BBC Big Personality Test, in collaboration with Professor Michael Lamb, Dr. Jason Rentfrow, and Dr. Alice Winstanley, investigating individual, relationship, and contextual factors that relate to the intention to parent, and parental well-being across the UK.

She is the Principal Investigator of a Jacobs Foundation funded project investigating men’s biological adaption to parenting. This project is run in collaboration with Professor Michael Lamb, University of Cambridge, and Dr. Lee Gettler, University of Notre Dame.

Other research with Sheina Lew-Levy, Adam Boyette and Michael Lamb includes examining cross cultural development of play and social learning.

Her work on moving developmental research into the community has involved the development of handheld device apps for parent-reporting of infant milestones.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, Nottingam Trent University