Juliet Hassard

Juliet Hassard is a Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Hassard is a candidate for PhD Applied Psychology at University of Nottingham. She obtained her MSc in Occupational Health Psychology also from Nottingham. She finished her BA in 2006 from University of Manitoba.

Prior to joining Birkbeck she was a Research Associate at the Institute of Work Health and Organisation of University of Nottingham.

Hassard has always had a strong interest in the role that psychological and social factors play in physical and mental health, both in modifying the risk of disease and in promoting the sustainable health and well-being of individuals and communities. Her research interests lie in the intersection of these three disciplines within the applied context of understanding the psychological, social and environmental impacts on health and illness. She has a strong interest in understanding how applied psychology, or more broadly applied social sciences, can utilise the work environment to prevent illness and disease, but moreover, promote the sustainable health and well-being of workers, organisations and communities.

Some of her publications include:

  • Leka, S., Hassard, J. & Yanagida, A. (2011) Occupational stress in psychiatric hospital nurses in Japan: The impact of the psychosocial work environment and symptoms of general wellbeing. Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Services, 19(2), 123-131.
  • Houdmont, J., Zhou, J., Hassard, J. (2011).Overtime and psychosocial wellbeing among Chinese office workers. Occupational Medicine, 61(4), 270-273.

Credits to Birkbeck, University of London

Published: 10 November 2014

Last update: 03 May 2016


J. Lawrence Aber

J. Lawrence AberJ. Lawrence Aber is Willner Family Professor in Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and University Professor, New York University, where he also serves as board chair of its Institute of Human Development and Social Change.

Aber earned his PhD from Yale University and an AB from Harvard University. He previously taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, and at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where he also directed the National Centre for Children in Poverty.

He is an internationally recognised expert in child development and social policy and has co-edited Neighbourhood Poverty: Context and Consequences for Children (1997, Russell Sage Foundation), Assessing the Impact of September 11th 2001 on Children Youth and Parents: Lessons for Applied Developmental Science (2004, Erlbaum) and Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action (2007, APA Publications). His basic research examines the influence of poverty and violence, at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive and academic development of children and youth.

Aber also designs and conducts rigorous evaluations of innovative programmes and policies for children, youth and families, such as violence prevention, literacy development, welfare reform and comprehensive services initiatives. Aber testifies frequently before Congress, state legislatures and other deliberative policy forums. The media, public officials, private foundations and leading non-profit organisations also frequently seek his opinion or advice about pressing matters concerning child and family well-being. In 2006, Aber was appointed by the Mayor of New York City to the Commission for Economic Opportunity, an initiative to help reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in New York City.

In 2007, he served as the Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2008 and 2009, he served part-time as Visiting Research Professor in Evidence-based Social Interventions in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Oxford. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town; and served as consultant to the World Bank on its project, “Children and Youth in Crisis”. From 2003-2006, Aber chaired the Advisory Board, International Research Network on Children and Armed Conflict of the Social Science Research Council, in collaboration with the Special Representative to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF. Currently, he conducts research on the impact of poverty and HIV/AIDS on children’s development in South Africa (in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council), and on school- and community-based interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee).

His recent publications include:

  • Aber, J.L., J. Lombardi, S. Klaus, and K. Campion (2013). A new global development goal for the world’s youngest children. Commentary, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC., (link)
  • Aber, J.L., Biersteker, L., Dawes, A., & Rawlings, L. (2013). Social Protection and Welfare Systems: Implications for Early Childhood Development. In Pia R. Britto, Patrice Engle, Charles Super, Lonnie Sherrod, & Nurper Ulkuer (Eds.) Fulfilling Every Child’s Potential: How Research Can Inform Global Policy. (pp 260-274). Oxford, UK: Oxford Press.
  • Aber, J.L. Grannis, K.S., Owen, S., & Sawhill, I. (2013). The Social Genome Project: Middle Childhood Success and Economic Mobility. Brookings Institute. (link)

Credits to New York University

Published: 04 November 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Annaliza Lagrutta

Annaliza LagruttaAnnaliza Lagrutta is an Adjunct Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, USA. Lagrutta earned her BA in psychology from San Francisco State University and worked for six years with an international Landscape Architecture firm. During that time she had the opportunity to travel and learn how psychology impacts the decision of architectural designs in our environment.  She returned to her hometown of Stockton and attended National University to earn her MA in Counselling Psychology which has always been her passion. While in her master programme, she worked with developmental disabled adults in the community. For the past 16 years Lagrutta has been Mental Health Clinician providing services to adults who are mentally disabled on an outpatient basis with San Joaquin County Behavioural Health.

She is a passionate learner and appreciate the experiences of learning new things to enhance my understanding of my field. Lagrutta is a lifelong learner who appreciates all aspects of education. She believes a good education can transform lives and positively affect our community. Her goal as an educator is to support my students in making their own unique impact on society. She believes all her students can succeed in their dreams of the future.

Credits to San Joaquin Delta College

Published: 24 March 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Victoria Dunckley

Victoria DunckleyVictoria Dunckley is an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with twelve years’ clinical experience in both the public and private sectors.  An active blogger for Psychology Today and speaker to both parents’ groups and clinicians, she emphasises the impact of lifestyle factors on mental health, particularly the effects of overstimulating electronic screen media on mood, cognition, and behaviour.  Dunckley has been interviewed on various television and radio programmes regarding her integrative approach, and has contributed as a mental health expert for the Today Show and NBC News.  In 2011, Dr Dunckley was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumer Research Council and won several patient care awards, including Vitals.com’s Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards.

Boarded by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, she consults frequently with schools, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, and specialises in working with children and families who have failed previous treatments.  By working closely over extended time periods with difficult cases, she uncovers issues that have previously been missed, and uses an approach that integrates traditional psychopharmacology with complementary strategies.

A California native, Dr Dunckley graduated cum laude with a biology degree at the University of California San Diego, then migrated to the east coast to receive her Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College.  She returned to southern California in 1996, where she completed her adult psychiatry residency followed by her child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Centre.   A member of the American Holistic Medical Association, her practice became more holistic over time, addressing nutrition, utilising natural supplements and herbs, and assisting patients with weight management.

Her areas of specialisation include tics/Tourette Syndrome, reactive attachment disorder, weight issues related to medication, ADHD, sensory integration issues, trauma/abuse, and mood disorders including bipolar disorder.  Her practice is split 50-50 between children/adolescents and adults.

In the public sector, she’s consulted with numerous community mental health organisations, working with the severely emotionally disturbed (SED) population in group homes, foster/adoptive placements, and residential treatment settings.  Currently she contracts with Westside Regional Centre in Los Angeles, treating developmentally disabled (including autistic spectrum disordered) adults and children.

Dunckley has a forthcoming book exploring the effects of interactive screen-time on mental health, and advocates use of an ‘electronic fast’ to improve mood, raise grades, and boost social skills regardless of diagnosis.  You can read her blog on Psychology Today or you can visit her website at drdunckley.com

Published: 08 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015