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Dr Carolina Sciplino

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

About Research

After completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London, Carolina Sciplino joined St Mary’s as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2008. Her thesis focused on the representation and perception of grandparenthood in three countries. She previously worked at Goldsmiths, University of London in the research project Grandparenthood and Intergenerational Relationships in Ageing European Populations. Her teaching reflects her research interests and is mainly in the field of developmental psychology.

Academic responsibilities:

  • Student Welfare Officer

Modules:

  • Applied Child Psychology
  • Psychology of Education
  • Psychology of Ageing
  • Research methods in psychology
  • The Developing Mind
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

Research

Carolina Sciplino joined St Mary’s as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2008. She completed her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Goldsmiths University of London. Her thesis title was: “Representation and intergenerational perception of grandparenthood in three countries”. The thesis focused on the representation of grandparenthood and its social implications. Empirical work consisted of three individual studies. The first study examined grandparents’ depictions in children’s books in the UK, Italy and Greece. The second study investigated the perceptions of grandparents’ representations by different generations in the three countries. In the third study portrayals of grandparents on British television were analysed.

Carolina’s research areas of interest are intergenerational relationships within the family context, in particular the relationships between grandparents and grandchildren in different cultures; children’s identity development in multicultural families; representations of grandparents and older adults in different media, the effects of television and other media on children’s cognitive and social development.

PhD supervision:

Carolina welcomes PhD enquiries in the following areas:

  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Children’s identity development in multicultural families
  • Representation and perception of grandparents
  • Television and other media's effects on children’s cognitive and social development

Professional memberships:

  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Member
  • British Psychological Society, Developmental Psychology Section, Member
  • European Association of Developmental Psychology, Member

Publications:

  • Sciplino, C. & Smith, P. (under review) Grandchildren-grandparents relationships in the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece.
  • Sciplino, C. & Dewey, N. (under review). Representations of grandparents in adolescent literature in the United Kingdom.
  • Sciplino, C.& Smith. P.K. (under review) Three generational perceptions of grandparents’ representations the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece.
  • Sciplino, C., Smith, P.K., Hurme, H., Rusek, M. and Bäckvik, P. (2010). ‘Representations of grandparents in children’s books in Britain, Italy, Greece, Finland and Poland’. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 8:3, 298-316.
  • Smith, P.K., Bouna, L., Svensson-Dianellou, A., Quadrello, T. & Sciplino, C. (2009). ‘Grandparenting and intergenerational relationships: Work from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK’. ISSBD Bulletin2 (56), 27-30.

Conference papers:\

  •  Sciplino, C. & Smith, P. (2015). Grandchildren-grandparents relationships in United Kingdom, Italy and Greece. Paper presented at the 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 8-12 September 2015, Braga, Portugal.
  • Sciplino, C. & Smith, P. (2013). Three generational perceptions of grandparents’ representations in United Kingdom, Italy and Greece. Poster presented at the 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 3-7 September 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    • Sciplino, C. & Dewey, N. (2012). ‘Representations of grandparents in adolescent literature in the United Kingdom’. Poster presented at BPS Developmental Section Conference, 5-7 September 2012, Glasgow, UK.
    • Barron, S. & Sciplino, C. (2012). ‘Storybooks, scaffolding and spontaneous language: A language intervention for children with autism’. Poster presented at BPS Developmental Section Conference, 5-7 September 2012, Glasgow, UK.
    • Airs, N., Brug, P., Campbell, C., & Sciplino, C. (2010). ‘Are there ethnic differences for body appreciation among undergraduate males?’ Poster presented at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast, 15-17 September 2010.
    • Sciplino, C. & Smith. P.K., (2008). ‘Representations of grandparents on children’s television in the United Kingdom’. Paper presented at the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), 13-17 July 2008, Wurzburg, Germany.
    • Sciplino, C., Smith, P.K., Hurme, H., Rusek, M. and Bäckvik, P. (2006).  ‘Representations of grandparents in children's books in United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Finland and Poland’. Paper presented at the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 8th Global Conference, 30 May-2 June 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • Sciplino, C. (2005). ‘Three generational perceptions of grandparents’ representations in the UK, Italy and Greece’. Paper presented at the Eighth Network Meeting, 21 - 24 September 2005, Tallinn, Estonia.
    • Sciplino, C. & Smith, P.K. (2005). ‘Grandparents in children's books in United Kingdom, Greece, Italy’. Paper presented at BPS Developmental Section Conference, 5-8 September 2005, Edinburgh, UK.
    • Sciplino, C., Smith, P.K., Hurme, H., Rusek, M. and Bäckvik, P. (2005).  ‘Representations of grandparents in children's books in United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Finland and Poland’. Paper presented at XII European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 24 - 28 August 2005, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España.
    • Sciplino, C. (2004). ‘How grandparents’ representations are perceived by three generations in the UK, Italy and Greece’. Paper presented at the Seventh Network Meeting, 20-23 April 2005, Oxford, England.
    • Sciplino, C. & Smith, P.K., (2004). ‘Images of grandparents in children's literature’. Paper presented at Paris Symposium, Children’s Publishing: between Heritage and Mass Culture, 25-27 November 2004, Paris, France.
    • Sciplino, C. (2004). ‘Grandparents in children's books’. Paper presented at the Sixth RTN Network Meeting, 21-22 October 2004, Paris, France.
    • Sciplino, C., Smith, P.K., Hurme, H., and Bäckvik, P. (2004). ‘Images of grandparents in children's literature in United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and Finland’. Poster presented at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), 11-15 July 2004, Ghent, Belgium.
    • Sciplino, C. (2004). ‘Grandparents and the media’. Paper presented at the Fifth RTN Network Meeting, 27-28 May 2004, Vaasa, Finland.
    • Sciplino, C. (2003). ‘Images of grandparents in the media’. Paper presented at the Fourth RTN Network Meeting, 23-24 October 2003, Madrid, Spain.
    • Sciplino, C. (2002) ‘Grandparenthood: image and perception’. Paper presented at the Second RTN Network Meeting, 1-2 November 2002, Athens, Greece.