John Oates, Btech (Psychol) FRSA, FacSS, HonFBPS

Developmental psychologist, senior lecturer
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Fields of interest

Perinatal mental health, child development, early intervention

Short biography

John’s active research interests include the development of screening tools for perinatal mental health services, mother-infant relations and attachment, services for children with special needs and disabilities, and research ethics in the social sciences. For the British Psychological Society, he leads the society’s research ethics guidance, and advice for media productions on the portrayal of psychology and the safeguarding of participants in productions. He has extensive media experience, having worked with the BBC and other companies in numerous documentaries, including in Hungary, notably the film ’Örvény’. Most recently he has made a short documentary on childhood in Kyrgyzstan. John helped with the establishment of the Biztos Kezdet programme in Hungary, bringing his expertise from working with Sure Start in England and the Early Support programme for children and young people with additional needs. At the Open University, he has led the production of several distance-teaching modules on child development, and for Health Education England, has authored online learning for health practitioners in the Healthy Child Programme.

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