Pam Jarvis


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Personal profile


Pam is a chartered psychologist (British Psychological Society) and qualified teacher with additional academic qualifications in history and education. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She joined Leeds Trinity University in 2013 as a senior lecturer, and was promoted to Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education in 2016. She has a keen interest in a multi-disciplinary research perspective, considering psychological, biological, social and historical perspectives. Her PhD research focused upon play-based learning in 4-6 year olds. She is an extensively published academic author whose edited book ‘Perspectives on Play’ has been published in three successive English editions, and additionally in Greek and Portuguese (Brazil) where it was adopted as a set text by the national teacher training programme.

She is also an active blogger and conference/training presenter, seeking to create accessible dissemination formats to bring insights from psychological and educational research to the attention of non-psychologist professional audiences, education professionals in particular; and to the general public. Her key focus is the well-being of children, young people and their families, and the development of social policy to support this. She completed her first degree in Psychology with The Open University while caring for her three young children, becoming a graduate psychologist in 1995, and between 1995 and 2019 taught psychology, sociology, social policy and child development in Higher Education, School, Further Education and Community Education. This includes over 20 years as an Open University tutor and resource writer.

Pam resigned from her teaching role at LTU in September 2019 to focus on her publication and presenting portfolio. She retains her academic connections with Leeds Trinity through an Honorary Research Fellowship 2020-22. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic she has focused on the writing elements of her career, and writes as a journalist in the Byline Times and Yorkshire Bylines. She also published her first novel in 2021, a blend of historial and science fiction entitled 'On Time'


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 continues to support PhD students at Leeds Trinity.

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Master of Arts, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

Bachelor of Arts, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

Master of Education, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

Bachelor of Science, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995



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