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Pam Jarvis

Dr Pam Jarvis


Phone: +44 (0)113 2837 100 ext.567

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Education / Academic qualification

  • PGCE

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Metropolitan University

  • Postgraduate Certificate, Open University

  • Bachelor of Arts, Open University

  • Bachelor of Science, Open University

  • Master of Education, Open University

  • Master of Arts, Open University

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

  • Chartered Psychologist, CPsychol

    2016 -
  • Qualified Teacher Status, QTS

    2005 -


Pam joined Leeds Trinity University in 2013. She completed her first degree in Psychology with The Open University while caring for her three young children, becoming a graduate psychologist in 1995. She was awarded a PhD in Education Studies from Leeds Beckett University in 2006 for her thesis The role of rough and tumble play in children’s social and gender role development in the early years of primary school. She also has a BA (Hons) degree in History and Sociology, a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Education and an Advanced Diploma in Education (Child Development) all from the Open University. Pam is a Chartered Psychologist and  has additional professional qualifications which include  Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE in Adult Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before her employment at Leeds Trinity University Pam worked as a Senior Lecturer at Bradford College Higher Education Centre where she led the Early Years Professional and Postgraduate Early Years Programme. Before this, she worked as a Secondary School Teacher at Kings James School, Knaresborough as Leader of the A level Social Sciences Team, where she taught A level Psychology and Sociology, with occasional input to history.  Pam was an Associate Lecturer for the Open University between 1997 and 2015, tutoring a range of psychology and child development courses for which she produced some of the course materials. She also spent two years as Widening Participation Officer for the Open University 2000-2002, and currently continues her association with them as supervisor for an EdD student.

Pam is a regular blogger with the Huffington Post; her blogs can be accessed at

Research interests

Pam has an expertise and special interests in:

  • Psychological wellbeing in childhood, adolescence, families and education

  • Psychology, sociology and social policy relating to children, young people, families and education

  • The History of Childhood.

Her research areas are: Wellbeing and play in childhood, Transition to Higher Education (Wellbeing) and the History of Childhood.

Pam is currently involved in a number of research/consultancy projects. These include:

  • Socialisation and 'play' in childhood and adolescence with a particular focus on the online environment

  • The international history of early years education in Britain and the US (partnering a colleague from Salem State University in the US)
  • The narratives of mothers across several generations
  • Academic Advisor for The Save Childhood Movement, Too Much Too Soon Campaign and Better Without Baseline Campaign

Pam  can be consulted by external organisations on the following topics:

  • Psychology and sociology of child development, birth to adulthood

  • 'Well Being' in education and society
  • Social policy development for children and families

  • History of Childhood and early years education

Teaching and Administration

Pam works widely across programmes in Childhood and Education. Her main areas of teaching are:

  • Reflective Practice, Research Methods and Dissertation, Masters and Undergraduate programme

  • Child and Youth Justice (Module Leader)

Willingness to take PhD. students