Amy Paine

Research Associate

Research group:
Developmental & Health Psychology
029 208 75452
Centre for Human Developmental Science, Park Place

Research summary

Primary research interests: Child development, family relationships, theory of mind, language and executive function.
I study family influences on the development of children’s understanding of the mind, specifically the influence of siblings. In my research I have explored the influence of sibling presence, number and timing on 6 to 7 year olds’ higher-order theory of mind, and the processes by which such sibling influences may occur.

Teaching summary

I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Levels 4 and 5 modules Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology I, Biological Psychology and Language and Memory. For this I provide small group seminar teaching, module support and mark essays.

Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

My research focuses on the influence of sibling relationships on children’s social and emotional development. I am interested in the impact that an arrival of a sibling has on first-born behaviour, as well as variations in dyadic sibling relationships and sibling differential experiences. The aim of my research is to investigate how these factors contribute to sibling resemblence and individual differences in children’s prosocial and antisocial behaviour, psychopathology and interpersonal relationship quality across the family system.


School of Psychology, Cardiff University, 4 year funded PhD studentship.

Research group

Developmental & Health Psychology

Cardiff Child Development Study (CCDS)

Research collaborators

Professor Dale Hay

Undergraduate education

2009 – 2013: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Professional Placement, Cardiff University First Class Honours.

Postgraduate education

2013 – 2017: PhD Psychology, Cardiff University.


2012: CUROP (Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme), Research Assistant, Cardiff Child Development Study (CCDS), Cardiff University.

2011 – 2012: Research Assistant, Child Health and Development Study (CHADS), Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.