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Dr Susan Imrie

Research Associate

Affiliated Lecturer

Amy Whiteley Research Fellow, Newnham College

Office Phone: (+44) 01223 768219


I completed an ESRC-CHESS funded PhD in Psychology at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Susan Golombok.  I am currently a post-doctoral research associate working on studies looking at children’s and parents’ experiences and relationships in families with trans parents, and families created using assisted reproduction.  I am also currently the Amy Whiteley Research Fellow at Newnham College.  

Before my PhD I worked for two years on an ESRC-funded study, led by Dr Vasanti Jadva, looking at the experiences and long-term psychological health of surrogate mothers and their families.  Prior to this I completed an MSc in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and worked as a parliamentary researcher.

Research Interests

I am a developmental psychologist interested in family functioning in new family forms, with a focus on parent-child relationship quality, child development and children’s perceptions of their families.  My PhD thesis (2017) examined family functioning in infancy in families created through assisted reproductive technologies.  I am currently carrying out research with trans parent families in the UK, looking at parents’ and children’s experiences, relationships and psychological wellbeing.

For the academic year 2018-19, I will lecture on the following papers: PBS1 (Introduction to Psychology), PBS3 (Social and Developmental Psychology) and PBS11 (The Family).  

Key Publications

Imrie, S. & Golombok, S. (2018). Long-term outcomes of children conceived through egg donation and their parents: a review of the literature. Fertility & Sterility.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V., Fishel, S. & Golombok, S. (2018). Families created by egg donation: parent-child relationship quality in infancy.  Child Development.

Golombok, S., Zadeh, S., Imrie, S., Smith, V. & Freeman, T. (2016). Single mothers by choice: Mother–child relationships and children’s psychological adjustmentJournal of Family Psychology, 30(4), 409-418. doi: 10.1037/fam0000188.

Zadeh, S., Imrie, S. and Braverman, A. (2016). ‘Choosing’ a donor: Parents’ perspectives on current and future donor information provision in clinically-assisted reproduction. In S. Golombok, R. Scott, S. Wilkinson, M. Richards and J. Appleby (Eds.) Regulating Reproductive Donation. Cambridge University Press.

Jadva, V., Imrie, S., & Golombok, S. (2015). Surrogate mothers 10 years on: A longitudinal study of psychological well-being and relationships with the parents and child. Human Reproduction. doi:10.1093/humrep/deu339

Imrie, S. (2014). Subrogación en el Reino Unido: Experiencias y salud psicológica de gestantes subrogadas y sus familias. In F. Zegers and S. Salas (Eds.), Bioética, Reproducción y Familia. Universidad Diego Portales.

Imrie, S. & Jadva, V. (2014). The long-term experiences of surrogates: relationships and contact with surrogacy families in genetic and gestational surrogacy arrangements. Reproductive BioMedicine Online. doi for the Robert G. Edwards Prize Paper Award 2014

Jadva, V. & Imrie, S. (2014). The significance of relatedness for surrogates and their families.  In T. Freeman, S. Graham, F. Ebtehaj & M. Richards (eds.) Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jadva, V. & Imrie, S. (2013). Children of surrogate mothers: psychological well-being, family relationships and experiences of surrogacy. Human Reproduction. doi: 10.1093/humrep/det410

Imrie, S. & Jadva, V. (2013). Surrogacy law: A call for change?, Bionews.

Imrie, S. & Troop, N. (2012). A pilot study on the effects and feasibility of compassion-focused expressive writing in Day Hospice patients, Palliative and Supportive Care, 10 (2), 115-122.

Imrie, S. & Zadeh, S. (2012). Single women using donor insemination: Thoughts on the discussion of the latest findings from the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, Bionews.



Imrie, S., Zadeh, S., & Golombok, S. (2018, July). Child psychological adjustment and parent-child relationship quality in families with trans parents.  Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities Conference, London, UK.

Imrie, S. (2017, Sept). Making the child mine: an exploration of mothers’ representations of non-genetic mother-infant relationships in families formed through egg donation.  Paper presented at the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology Conference, York, UK.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V., & Golombok, S. (2017, June).  Relationships between fathers’ reflective functioning and father-infant interaction quality in IVF families.  Paper presented at the International Attachment Conference, London, UK.    

Imrie, S., Jadva, V., & Golombok, S. (2017, April) Non-genetic motherhood: the quality of the mother-child relationship in infancy in families formed through egg donation.  Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, USA.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V. & Golombok, S. (2016, July) Identity-release egg donation in the UK: parents' disclosure decisions and thoughts about the donor.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Helsinki, Finland.

Imrie, S., Evans, S., Jadva, V. & Golombok, S. (2015, October) Families created through egg donation: parental psychological health and quality of parenting in infancy.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Baltimore, USA.

Imrie, S. & Jadva, V. (2014, April) Surrogacy in the UK: 14 years of psychological research with surrogates and with families created through surrogacy (Gestation pour autrui en Grande-Bretagne: Quatorze années de recherche psychologique avec les gestatrices, et avec les familles créées grâce au recours à une GPA ).  Paper presented at 7ème Colloque International de l’Association C.L.A.R.A, Paris, France.

Imrie, S. & Jadva, V. (2014, March) Surrogates' long-term experiences, relationships and contact arrangements with surrogacy families. Paper presented at Families Through Surrogacy Conference, Windsor, UK.

Imrie, S. & Jadva, V. (2013, November) The experiences and psychological health of surrogate mothers and their families. Paper presented at 'Reproducion Medicamente Asistida: un desafio a la estructura de la familia' Conference, Santiago, Chile.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V. & Golombok, S. (2013, July) Surrogate mothers: Contact and relationships with families created through surrogacy.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, London, UK.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V. & Golombok, S. (2012, October) The long-term psychological health of surrogate mothers and their families. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, San Diego, USA.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V. & Golombok, S. (2012, September) Surrogate mothers and their families.  Paper presented at Understanding Parenting: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, University of Warwick.

Imrie, S., Jadva, V. & Golombok, S. (2012, January) Children of surrogate mothers: An investigation into their experiences and psychological health.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Fertility Society, Leeds, UK.

Imrie, S. (2011, November) An investigation into the impact of surrogacy on the children of surrogate mothers.  Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction, Cambridge, UK.