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Kate Ellis-Davies

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Psychology

Role

Dr. Ellis-Davies is a Director of the New Parents Studies Group, co-founder of the Forager Children Interdisciplinary Research Group, and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology at NTU.

Her research interests include the contexts in which children develop, and transitioning to parenting. This work has included the New Parents Study – an international study of families by assisted reproduction technologies across Europe; the Men to Fathers international studies of men’s physiological and psychological adjustment to fathering; and child development and parenting in hunter-gatherer contexts.

Her research has considered gender roles, the predictors of parenting quality, the role of work and play in childhood learning, parental well-being, and children’s contribution to their own learning. Dr. Ellis-Davies supervises undergraduate, masters, and PhD students conducting research across these research themes.

Dr. Ellis-Davies is accepting applications for PhD students.

Career overview

Dr. Ellis-Davies has been an affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University since 2013, lecturing on the undergraduate course Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, as well the postgraduate Social and Developmental Psychology masters.

She was a postdoctoral research fellow at Cambridge University since 2013. Prior to working at Cambridge University, she completed a PhD in Psychology at Cardiff University in child communicative development, and the role of child motor and attention in parent-child interactions.

Research areas

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Parenting

External activity

  • APA Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) Co-Chair
  • Jacobs Foundation Junior Scholar
  • Lego Foundation, Play Futures Researcher
  • Co-Founder Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods Research Group
  • Surrogacy UK
  • ESRC parenting event
  • CAFCASS

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Jacobs Foundation
  • ESRC
  • NWO
  • NSF
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Professor Michael Lamb
  • Professor Susan Golombok
  • Dr. Harriet Over
  • Dr. Adam Boyette
  • Sheina Lew-Levy
  • Dr. Loes van Gelderen
  • Professor Henny Bos
  • Professor Martine Gross
  • Professor Olivier Vecho
  • Dr. Berengere Rubio

Publications

2017

Lew-Levy, S., Reckin, R., Lavi, N., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., & Ellis-Davies, K. (2017). How Do Hunter-Gatherer Children Learn Subsistence Skills?. Human Nature, 1-28.

Lew-Levy, S., Lavi, N., Reckin, R., Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., & Ellis-Davies, K. (2017). How do hunter-gatherer children learn social and gender norms? A meta-ethnographic review. Cross-Cultural Research, 1069397117723552.

van Rijn-van Gelderen, L., Bos, H.W.M., Jorgensen, T.D., Ellis-Davies, K., Winstanley, A., Golombok, S., Rubio, B., Gross, M., Vecho, O., & Lamb, M.E. (in press). Wellbeing of gay fathers with children born through surrogacy: A comparison with lesbian-mother families and heterosexual IVF parent families.

Ellis-Davies, K. (forthcoming). Assisted Reproduction Technologies And Family Development: What We Now Know. SUK report.

Ellis-Davies, K. (forthcoming). Experiences of surrogacy families. CAFCASS report.

2016

Ellis-Daives, K., and Golombok, S. (2016), LGBT Parental Well-Being. Sage Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues.

2015

Winstanley, A., Lamb, M.E., Ellis-Davies, K. & Rentfrow, P.J. (2015). The subjective well-being of adults born preterm.  Journal of Research in Personality. 59, 23-30.

2013

Ellis-Davies, K. Early attachment research: New and recurring themes. ISSBD Bulletin, 63, 1, 33-38.

Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Fowler, N. C., Hilbrink, E. E., & Gattis, M. (2013). Infants show stability of goal-directed imitation. Journal of experimental child psychology, 114(1), 1-9.

Hilbrink E.E, Sakkalou, E.D., Ellis-Davies, K., Fowler, N.C., and Gattis, M. (2013). Selective and faithful imitation at 12 and 15 months. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.12070

Scott, K., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Hilbrink, E., Hahn, U., & Gattis, M. (2013). Infant contributions to joint attention predict vocabulary development. In CogSci 2013: the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3384-3389). Cognitive Science Society.

2012

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Fowler, N., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M (2012). CUE: The continuous unified electronic diary method. Behaviour Research Methods 44(4), pp. 1063-1078

Selected Invited Presentations:

Ellis-Davies, K. (2017). Family functioning in new family structures. Presented to SurrogacyUK, Daventry, UK.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2017). Transitions to parenting: Data from new family forms and cross-cultural research. Talk presented to Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2016). Family development with a lifespan approach. Talk presented to York University, York.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2016). Update on research with policy impacting surrogacy families. Talk presented to Surrogacy UK, UK.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2016). Family development in assisted reproduction assisted contexts. Talk presented to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, CAFCASS, UK.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2016). Transitions to parenting. Talk presented to NYU, NYC, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2015). Considering men's transition to parenthood. Talk presented to National Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies, San Francisco, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2014). A lifespan approach to the role of personality: Parenting aspirations, parental well-being, infancy and beyond. Talk presented to York University, York, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). The need and opportunities for development research within families aided by assistive reproduction technologies. Talk presented to Surrogacy UK, Warwick, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). Male aspirations to parent, paternal well-being and impact on child development. Talk presented to be presented. Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). The role of temperament in attention, motor and language development. Talk presented to the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Ellis-Davies, K. (2013). Joint attention: antecedents and consequences. Talk presented to the Department of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., Golombok, S., Vecho, O., Berengere., Martine Gross., Bos, H., van Gelderen, L. (2017). What same-sex families can tell us of the roles of biological relatedness, parental gender, caregiving role, and policy impact on families. Talk to be presented to ICPS, Vienna, Austria.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., Golombok, S., Vecho, O., Berengere., Martine Gross., Bos, H., van Gelderen, L.(2017). The role of parental gender, and caregiving role in parent-infant play quality: An international study. Talk to be presented to SRCD, Austin, Texas, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., Golombok, S., Vecho, O., Berengere., Martine Gross., Bos, H., van Gelderen, L.(2017).Stability of parenting quality in the infancy period: An international study. Talk to be presented to SRCD, Austin, Texas, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Gettler, L., Poole-Dayan, R. (2016). An international study of premature following surrogacy pregnancy. NYC

Ellis-Davies. (2016).A European study of early parenting after assisted reproduction: A study of mothers and fathers across caregiving roles and sexual orientation. Jacobs Foundation, Marbach.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., and Rentrfrow, P.J. (2015). Considering the role of gender and sexual orientation in planning parenthood. Symposium presented at SRCD biennial conference, Philadelphia, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., and Rentrfrow, P.J. (2015). Associations of personality, relationship satisfaction, gender and sexual orientation for parental well-being. Presented at SRCD biennial conference, Philadelphia, USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Uljarevic, M., Jones, S., and Bundovska, S. (2014). Father and infant temperamental characteristics and their associations with dysfunctional father-child interactions. Presented at the 2014 International Conference on Infant Studies. Berlin, Germany.

Ellis-Davies, K., Lamb, M.E., Winstanley, A., and Rentrfrow, P.J. (2014). When men become father, the role of gender and sexual orientation in the aspiration to parent, and parental well-being. Presented at the 2014 Men as Fathers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fatherhood in the Context of Family, Marbach, Germany. 

Ellis-Davies, K., Winstanley, A., Lamb, M., Jokela, M., Rentfrow, P.J. (2013). When men become fathers: Men desiring parenthood and paternal well-being. Talk presented to the NIH Conference on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes: From preconception to birth. Washington D.C., USA.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Hilbrink, E., and Gattis, M. Evaluating temperament’s role in associations between motor and language development. Symposium to be presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the BPS Developmental and Cognitive Sections. Reading, UK.

Ellis-Davies, K., Sakkalou, E., Hilbrink, E., Hahn, U., and Gattis, M. Attention and Language Learning In the First 18 Months of Life. (2013). Poster presented at the Child Language Seminar Series. Manchester, UK.

Press expertise

  • Assisted reproduction technologies
  • Parenting
  • Lesbian and gay parenting
  • Fathers' adaptation to parenting
  • Early child communication
  • Motor development

Course(s) I teach on

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    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2018

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/social-sciences/ug/2018-19/psychology

  • Children standing in a line at football training
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2018

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/social-sciences/pg/2018-19/applied-child-psychology