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Roxanne Hawkins

Dr

20152019
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Personal profile

Overview

I am a multidisciplinary psychologist, primarily within the area of clinical and developmental psychology, and evolutionary and comparative psychology. I am interested in the psychology of both human and non-human animals, and more recently into human-animal interactions.  I have just launched my new website The Science of Pets. The Science of Pets' mission is to bring science and research to the public and to facilitate exciting new science projects into the psychology of human-pet relationships.

www.scienceofpets.com

Recent publications include:  

2019

Hawkins, R. D., Ferreira, G. A., & Williams, J. M. (2019). The Development and Evaluation of ‘Farm Animal Welfare’: An Educational Computer Game for Children. Animals, 9(3), 91.

Hawkins E, Hawkins R.D., Dennis M, Williams J, Lawrie SM. (2019). Animal-assisted therapy, including animal-assisted activities and resident animals, for improving quality of life in people with stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4(CD013314): DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013314

Menor-Campos, D. J., Hawkins, R.D, & Williams, J. (Accepted). Attitude towards animals among Spanish primary school children. Anthrozoös.In Press.

Hawkins, E.L., Hawkins, R.D., Lawrie, S., Dennis, M. & Williams, J.M. (Accepted). Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia: a systematic review. Journal of Psychiatric ResearchIn Press.

Hawkins, R. D. & Williams, J. M. (2019). Children’s Attitudes towards Animal Cruelty: Exploration of Predictors and Socio-demographic Variations. Under review.

Hawkins, R. D., Williams, J. M., & Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2019). The Development and Pilot Evaluation of a ‘Serious Game’ to Promote Positive Child-Animal Interactions. Under review.

2018

Menor-Campos, D. J., Hawkins, R.D, & Williams, J. (2018). Belief in Animal Mind among Spanish Primary School Children. Anthrozoös, 31(5), 599-614.

2017

Hawkins, R.D, Williams, J. & Scottish SPCA (2017). Childhood attachment to pets: Associations between pet attachment, attitudes to animals, compassion, and humane behaviour. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 490.

Hawkins, R. D., Williams, J. M., & Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (2017). Assessing Effectiveness of a Nonhuman Animal Welfare Education Program for Primary School Children. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20(3), 240-256.

Hawkins, R. D., Hawkins, E. L., & Williams, J. M. (2017). Psychological risk factors for childhood nonhuman animal cruelty: A systematic review. Society & Animals, 25(3), 280-312.

2016

Hawkins, R. D., & Williams, J. M. (2016). Children’s beliefs about animal minds (Child-BAM): Associations with positive and negative child–animal interactions. Anthrozoös, 29(3), 503-519.

 

Current research activities

My research interests lie in: the psychology of positive and negative human-animal interactions, attachment to pets, animal assisted therapy, nature 'therapy', mental health and wellbeing, inter-species emotion recognition and communication, emotion contagion, beliefs about animal minds, connectedness to nature, ‘serious games’ and digital interventions, animal behaviour and welfare, and understanding and preventing cruelty and violence in childhood, such as cruelty to animals.

 

Desired research direction

Research studies into human-animal and human-nature relationships, evolutionary and comparative psychology, ‘serious games’, mental health and wellbeing. 

 

Target collaborative organisations

I am currently working on several multidisciplinary and inter-institutional projects with international collaborators and have worked with external organisations, stakeholders and funders. I am currently collaborating with colleagues across the UK and international universities including: Clinical and Health Psychology and the Division of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad de Córdoba, and Los Andes University (Columbia).

I am always open and keen to form new collaborations, particularly with the following:

Animal welfare / conservation charities

Animal-assisted therapy organisations / health care practitioners

Charities / non-profit organisations / 3rd sector

Zoo’s / wildlife sanctuaries

Video game developers

Schools

 

Current teaching activities and interests

  • Teaching across core BPS domains at both undergraduate and masters
  • Supervision of MSc in Psychology (conversion) students
  • Supervision of BSc Psychology students
  • Open to supervision of PhD students
  • Past teaching: Clinical and Health Psychology (MSc), Psychology conversion (MSc), Psychology in Education (MSc and BA)

 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Prizes

Strategic Hub Research and Enterprise Fund (£893), 2019, the University of West Scotland

Travel Award, University of Edinburgh (£1000), 2018, the University of Edinburgh

IAD Action Fund (£2100), 2018, the University of Edinburgh

Innovative Initiative Grant (£2,000), 2017, the University of Edinburgh

Scottish SPCA PhD Scholarship, 2015-2017, the University of Edinburgh

Research Scholarship from UFAW (£2000), 2012, the University of Roehampton

Range of conference awards

 

Reports/ Press releases

Research has been featured in a range of newspapers, websites and radio shows.

Research into the effects of early life adversity on later psychopathology and abnormal stress which was used as evidence in parliamentary debate (2012-2013)

Children with pets are more likely to be kind to animals, 22/06/17

Pets really are a kid's best friend, 25/06/17, The Sunday Post

Kids' bark secrets, 25/06/17, The Scottish Sun

Kids' pet pals, 23/06/17, The Daily Star of Scotland

Want your children to be kind to animals? Just get them a pet, 22/06/17, The Scottish Daily Mail

Children with pets less cruel to animals, 22/06/17, The Herald

Pets encourage kindness in children, 22/06/17, The Aberdeen Press and Journal

Kids who love their pets are less likely to hurt animals, 22/06/17, The National

Pets make children more caring says study, 22/06/17, the Bolton News

Pets make children more caring says study, 22/06/17, The Lancashire Telegraph

Children with pets are more likely to be kind to animals, 22/06/17

External positions

Research Associate, University of Edinburgh

2018

Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh

20172018

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

2017

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Jan 2016Sep 2016

Tutor / Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

20162018

Doctoral Research Student , University of Edinburgh

20152018

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Dec 2014

Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

20142015

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Research Methodology
  • Anthrozoology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Human-animal interactions
  • Mental health
  • Clinical psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Wellbeing
  • Interventions

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Research Output 2015 2019

Animal-assisted therapy, including animal-assisted activities and resident animals, for improving quality of life in people with stroke

Hawkins, E., Hawkins, R., Dennis, M., Williams, J. & Lawrie, S. M., 23 Apr 2019, In : The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2019, 4, CD013314.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Animal Assisted Therapy
Stroke
Quality of Life
Patient Selection
Costs and Cost Analysis

Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia and related disorders: a systematic review

Hawkins, E. L., Hawkins, R. D., Dennis, M., Williams, J. M. & Lawrie, S. M., 16 May 2019, In : Journal of Psychiatric Research. 115, p. 51-60 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Animal Assisted Therapy
Schizophrenia
Randomized Controlled Trials
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Quality of Life

The development and evaluation of ‘Farm Animal Welfare’: an educational computer game for children

Hawkins, R. D., Ferreira, G. A. R. M. & Williams, J. M., 13 Mar 2019, In : Animals. 9, 3, 17 p., 91.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
games
farmed animal species
animal welfare
education
game animals

Animal assisted therapy for schizophrenia

Emma Hawkins, Hawkins, R., Martin Dennis, Joanne Williams & Steven Lawrie, 9 Nov 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia: a systematic review

Hawkins, E. L., Hawkins, R. D., Dennis, M., Williams, J. M. & Lawrie, S. M., 2 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

Animal Assisted Therapy
Schizophrenia
Randomized Controlled Trials
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Interpersonal Relations