The Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Well-being (CARACAW) undertakes work to promote better understanding and improving social and psychological well-being of children, adolescents, and their families, through innovative research into public health, health services, policy and practice.

Research strengths of the Centre include longitudinal investigations into the development of mental (e.g., anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, substance abuse and dependence), genetic (e.g., Williams Syndrome), and neurodevelopmental (e.g., autism) disorders; randomised control trials of psychological interventions; academic procrastination; emotional regulation; diabetes; and cross-cultural studies. The Centre has a pool of intellectual strength with skills in varying fields, including clinical, social and developmental psychology; epidemiology; qualitative and quantitative research methods; various forms of psychological therapies; and medical sociology.

Our Aims

Our philosophy is to:

  • offer a supportive and stimulating research environment for established researchers;
  • provide postgraduate students with advanced mentoring which will enable them to conceptualise, design and conduct applied research and assessment in young people and their families;
  • identify and disseminate research findings on evidence-based prevention and intervention programmes, in particular for children and adolescents at risk for developing emotional and behavioural disorders.

We welcome applications from prospective PhD or MPhil students. For more information please see our Graduate School webpages. The Centre also welcomes enquiries from potential visiting scholars.

Research Environment

The Centre's research activities take place in impressive, state-of-the-art research facilities including psychophysiological, cognitive, food and social/developmental laboratories. There are facilities for using EEG and eye tracking equipment amongst others. For field research there is a range of ambulatory testing equipment and a comprehensive psychological test library. Our research students are an integral part of and play a vital role in the activities of the research centres.