Dr Rory T. Devine Ph.D., C.Psychol., AFBPsS.

Dr Rory T. Devine

School of Psychology
Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Contact details

Address
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Rory T. Devine is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, longitudinal research methods and psychometrics. His research focuses on individual differences in ‘higher-order’ cognitive skills from infancy to adulthood. His work seeks to understand: (1) why children differ from one another in their ability to reason about others’ minds (or ‘theory of mind’) and to control their own thoughts and actions (or ‘executive function’); and (2) what consequences variation in these domains has for social, behavioural and academic adjustment.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) (University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland)
  • MPhil (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • PhD (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Teaching

  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Devine is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
Cognitive Development, Social Development, Theory of Mind, Executive Function, Psychopathology, Parenting and Families, Longitudinal Methods,Individual Differences. Please email Dr Devine before making an application to discuss potential projects.

Research

Dr Rory T. Devine is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, longitudinal research methods and psychometrics. His research focuses on individual differences in ‘higher-order’ cognitive skills from infancy to adulthood. His work seeks to understand: (1) why children differ from one another in their ability to reason about others’ minds (or ‘theory of mind’) and to control their own thoughts and actions (or ‘executive function’); and (2) what consequences variation in these domains has for social, behavioural and academic adjustment.

Other activities

Dr Devine is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is also a member of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Hughes, C, Devine, RT, Mesman, J & Blair, C 2019, 'Parental well-being, couple relationship quality, and children's behavioral problems in the first 2 years of life', Development and Psychopathology. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579419000804

Devine, RT & Hughes, C 2019, 'Let’s talk: parents’ mental talk (not mind-mindedness or mindreading capacity) predicts children’s false belief understanding', Child Development, vol. 90, no. 4, pp. 1236-1253. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12990

Hughes, C, Foley, S, Devine, RT, Ribner, A, Kyriakou, L, holmes, E & Boddington, L 2019, 'Worrying in the wings? Negative emotional birth memories in mothers and fathers show similar associations with perinatal mood disturbance and delivery mode.', Archives of Women's Mental Health, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-019-00973-5

Hughes, C & Devine, RT 2019, 'For better or for worse? Positive and negative parental influences on young children's executive function', Child Development, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 593-609. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12915

Devine, RT, Ribner, A & Hughes, C 2019, 'Measuring and predicting individual differences in executive function at 14 months: a longitudinal study', Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13217

Hughes, C, Foley, S, White, N & Devine, RT 2018, 'School readiness in Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Psychometric findings from a new screening tool, the Brief Early Skills and Support Index', British Journal of Educational Psychology, vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 606-627. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12206

McIntyre, N, Oswald, T, Solari, E, Zajic, M, Lerro, L, Hughes, C, Devine, RT & Mundy, P 2018, 'Social cognition and reading comprehension in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders or typical development', Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, vol. 54, pp. 9-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2018.06.004

Hughes, C, Lindberg, A & Devine, RT 2018, 'Autonomy support in toddlerhood: similarities and contrasts between mothers and fathers', Journal of Family Psychology, vol. 32, no. 7, pp. 915-925. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000450

Hughes, C, Devine, R & Wang, Z 2018, 'Does Parental Mind-Mindedness Account for Cross-Cultural Differences in Preschoolers' Theory of Mind?', Child Development, vol. 89, no. 4, pp. 1296-1310. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12746

Hughes, C, White, N, Foley, S & Devine, RT 2018, 'Family support and gains in school readiness: a longitudinal study', British Journal of Educational Psychology, vol. 88, no. 2, pp. 284-299. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12188

Devine, R & Hughes, C 2018, 'Family correlates of false belief understanding in early childhood: A meta-analysis', Child Development, vol. 89, no. 3, pp. 971-987. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12682

Lecce, S, Bianco, F, Devine, R & Hughes, C 2017, 'Relations between theory of mind and executive function in middle childhood: A short-term longitudinal study', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 163, pp. 69-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2017.06.011

Devine, R, Bignardi, G & Hughes, C 2016, 'Executive function mediates the relations between parental behaviors and children's early academic ability', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 7, 1902. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01902

Chapter

Hughes, C & Devine, RT 2019, Learning to read minds: A synthesis of social and cognitive perspectives. in D Whitebread, V Grau, K Kumpulainen, M McClelland, N Perry & D Pino-Pasternak (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education. SAGE Publications, London, pp. 169.

Hughes, C & Devine, RT 2018, Parental influences on children's executive function: A differentiated approach. in S Wiebe & J Karbach (eds), Executive Function: Development Across the Life Span. Routledge, London, pp. 160-171.

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