Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Nicole Gridley
About Dr Nicole Gridley
Nicole is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Education. She has a background in Psychology and completed her PhD at Bangor University in 2014.
Prior to joining the university, Nicole was employed as a research assistant at the Centre for Evidence Based Early Interventions (Bangor University) for five years. Nicole then took up a postdoctoral research fellow post in the Research Centre for Children Schools and Families (University of Greenwich) for one year. Most recently, Nicole was employed as a Research Fellow within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York for three years.
Nicole has a particular interest in evaluating the impact of parenting programmes on parent and child outcomes, most specifically the relationship between parenting skills and children’s language development during infancy, as well as parent-child attachment. Nicole has a particular expertise in using observational methodology as part of evaluation design and is a trained coder of the Dyadic Parent Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) and the CARE Index Infant measure of attachment (Level 2 for research).
In addition to the above, Nicole is also interested in the use of psychosocial and sports interventions for the management of child emotion and behaviour problems.
Module leader for (including teaching on these modules):
- Developmental Psychology
- Children, Crime and Social Justice
- Theorising Childhood
- Developing Early Language and Communication
Currently, Nicole is working with colleagues based in the Department of Education at the University of York and the National Literacy Trust on a Nuffield Foundation funded project. The Early Words Together project is a randomised controlled trial seeking to evaluate the impact of a short language and literacy programme delivered by volunteers to parents of children aged between 3 and 4 years old. It is hoped that the project will provide evidence to support the roll out of the programme nationally.
Nicole is also working with colleagues at the Universities of York and Durham evaluating the Parent-Child Plus programme with parents of children aged 2 to 4 years to establish the benefits on language development. The programme is being trialled across Yorkshire and Humber via a randomised controlled trial. To find out more please visit https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects-and-evaluation/projects/parentchild/