Helen Cowie

Helen Cowie is emerita professor at the University of Surrey in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and research supervisor at Regent’s University. She is fellow of the British Psychological Society and joint chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC).

After gaining a PhD at London University on the topic of children as creative writers, Helen taught and carried out research at Sheffield University, Roehampton University and the University of Surrey, specialising in the fields of cooperative group work in the classroom, the prevention of bullying and the promotion of emotional health and wellbeing in children and young people.

For over 25 years she has specialised in strategies to counteract school bullying.

Most recently, she was national representative on the COST Cyberbullying Project and contributed a cross-national chapter to the project book, Cyberbullying through the New Media. Her co-authored book Understanding Children’s Development, into its sixth edition in 2015, is one of the most popular undergraduate textbooks in the field. Recently, she wrote From Birth to Sixteen (2012) published by Routledge . She is currently co-editing Bullying Among University Students to be published by Routledge in 2016.

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