Terry Ng Knight

Terry joined the Pathways programme in August 2015 and is a Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, London. Prior to this he carried out his PhD research in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL. His PhD studies included working as part of a team running a prospective longitudinal study of the transition from primary to secondary school (www.ucl.ac.uk/stars). Terry’s PhD thesis employs a developmental psychopathology perspective to examine the risk and protective factors associated with successful school transition, including the interplay between individual-level characteristics such as self-control with social-contextual factors such as parenting. Before his PhD he worked as a research assistant on a number of large surveys of UK military personnel and smaller qualitative studies focusing on access to higher education. Terry also completed an MSc in research methods at the University of Surrey.

Research Plan

Research is increasingly pointing to positive outcomes for children with higher self-control, including in Terry’s PhD research, which indicates that self-control plays a significant role in children’s successful transition to secondary school. During his Pathways Fellowship, he will further investigate the development of self-control from infancy through to adolescence. This includes a focus on early developmental precursors to self-control as well as examining how self-control develops over time. Terry will also examine how early indicators of self-control relate to other important aspects of functioning and development such as school achievement and mental health.

Recent Publications

Riglin, L., Collishaw, S., Shelton, K.H., McManus, I.C., Ng-Knight, T., Sellers, R., Thapar, A.K., Frederickson, N., & Rice, F. (2015). Higher cognitive ability buffers stress-related depressive symptoms in adolescent girls. Development and Psychopathology.

Rawal, A., Riglin, L., NgKnight, T., Collishaw, S., Thapar, A., & Rice, F. (2014). A longitudinal high‐risk study of adolescent anxiety, depression and parent‐severity on the developmental course of risk‐adjustment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.