Staff profile

Dr Christopher Barnes

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Senior Lecturer in Psychology.  My research focuses on parenting and child development within diverse and clinical contexts. I teach Developmental Psychology provision across the BSc (Hons) Psychology Undergraduate Programme and led the MSc in Applied Developmental Psychology from 2017 - 2021.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead the Developmental Psychology provision and specialise in topics such as parenting and child development.

Research interests

My main research interests include: 

My general interests more broadly cover the following: 

Membership of professional bodies


Additional interests and activities

Doctoral Supervision


Current supervisions (As Director of Studies)

Current supervisions (As Supervisory team member)

Research Grants

Research Grants awarded at the University of Derby

Postdoctoral Research Grants awarded at the University of Wolverhampton

Selected Published Research Reports

Barnes, C.R. and Sallah, D.K. (2009) A Needs Assessment of the CAMHS Service in Walsall. A 6-month project funded by Walsall PCT.

Adamson-Macedo, E.N. and Barnes, C.R. (2008) Novel Learning Aids for Newborns. A 5-year study developing a new learning aid to enhance the cognitive, motor and communication development of newborn babies funded by a Mercia Spinner and Sciart at the Wellcome Trust.

Recent publications

Published Peer-Reviewed Journals and Book Chapters

Male and female hands holding a pair of baby shoes between them

In this blog Christopher Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, examines what life in lockdown is like when you are a new parent.

a Hand holding a baby's hand

Dr Christopher Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, discusses the impact of having a baby born prematurely.

baby laying on stomach

With celebrities like Halle Berry, Celine Dion and Janet Jackson dominating the headlines for having babies over the age of 40, Dr Christopher Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, discusses the impact of having a baby later in life.