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Centre for Family Research

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Lessons Learned from the Psychologist Who Became Patient

PhD student, Keya Elie, delivers a TEDx talk for TEDx Cambridge University



We are Family

Professor Emerita Susan Golombok, then Director of the Centre for Family Research, in conversation with Alex Graham, creator of Who Do You Think You Are? about her new book, We Are Family: What Really Matters for Parents and Children.


"Why Siblings Matter: The Role of Brother and Sister Relationships in Development and Well-Being"

Professor Claire Hughes, Deputy Director of the Centre for Family Research talking about her book, "Why Siblings Matter: The Role of Brother and Sister Relationships in Development and Well-Being", co-written with Naomi White.



"Assisted Reproduction: an end to traditional family values?"

Dr Sophie Zadeh delivered a Tedx Cambridge University talk in February 2017, as part of a series on the theme 'Jumping Off the Shoulders of Giants'. The series called upon speakers to think about the relationship between tradition and innovation in their respective fields. Sophie discussed the work of Professor Susan Golombok's team at the Centre for Family Research, and, in particular, the relevance of traditional family values to families formed through the use of assisted reproduction.


New Fathers And Mothers Study (NewFAMS)

Journey to Parenthood

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Centre for Family Research, the NewFAMS team made two short videos.  The first of these was designed to capture the voices of parents (including some from the NewFAMS), talking about their ‘journeys to parenthood’: where did it start, and what would they advise others to pack for this all-important journey? 

Understanding the Development of Self Control

The second video describes a key focus of the NewFAMS study, the development of self-control.  Why does it matter and how can we assess very early individual differences in children’s self-control? 


The In-Mind Project

This study has led to a set of groundbreaking findings regarding parental ‘mind-mindedness’ (the ability to view children as independent agents with their own thoughts and feelings). These findings are striking in that they suggest that mind-mindedness may have a culturally universal importance for children’s early socio-cognitive development.