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Dr Katherine Shelton - BSc PhD Cardiff

Senior Lecturer

Research group:
Developmental & health psychology
Email:
SheltonkH1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 6093
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research is in the area of developmental psychology with a focus on the emergence and maintenance of developmental psychopathology in social contexts during middle childhood and adolescence.  I am particularly interested in the relationship between aspects of family functioning and children’s psychological well-being. I am also interested in the implications of experiences of homelessness for young people’s mental health and well-being.

Teaching summary

I co-teach an undergraduate final year module, ‘Developmental Psychopathology in Childhood and Adolescence’.

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2014

Hodgson, K., Shelton, K. H. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2014). Mental health problems in young people with experiences of homelessness and the relationship with health service use: a follow-up studyEvidence-Based Mental Health (10.1136/ebmental-2014-101810)

Pesola, F., Shelton, K. H. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2014). Sexual orientation and alcohol problem use among UK adolescents: an indirect link through depressed moodAddiction, 109(7), 1072-1080. (10.1111/add.12528)

2013

Baibazarova, E., van de Beek, C., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T., Buitelaar, J., Shelton, K. H. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2013). Influence of prenatal maternal stress, maternal plasma cortisol and cortisol in the amniotic fluid on birth outcomes and child temperament at 3 monthsPsychoneuroendocrinology, 38(6), 907-915. (10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.09.015) pdf

Baker, E. C., Shelton, K. H., Baibazarova, E., Hay, D. F. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2013). Low skin conductance activity in infancy predicts aggression in toddlers 2 years laterPsychological Science, 24(6), 1051-1056. (10.1177/0956797612465198)

Hodgson, K., Shelton, K. H. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2013). Psychopathlogy in young people experiencing homelessness: A systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Public Health, 103(6), e24-e37. (10.2105/AJPH.2013.301318)

Hodgson, K., Shelton, K. H., Van Den Bree, M. B. and Los, F. J. (2013). Psychopathology in young people experiencing homelessness: A systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Public Health, 103(6), e24-e37. (10.2105/AJPH.2013.301318)

Hummel, A., Shelton, K. H., Heron, J., Moore, L. A. R. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2013). A systematic review of the relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance useAddiction, 108(3), 487-496. (10.1111/add.12055)

Riglin, L., Frederickson, N., Shelton, K. H. and Rice, F. J. (2013). A longitudinal study of psychological functioning and academic attainment at the transition to secondary schoolJournal of Adolescence, 36(3), 507-517. (10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.03.002)

White, J., Shelton, K. H. and Elgar, F. J. (2013). Prospective associations between the family environment, family cohesion, and psychiatric symptoms among adolescent girlsChild Psychiatry & Human Development (10.1007/s10578-013-0423-5)

2012

Baker, E. C., Baibazarova, E., Ktistaki, G., Shelton, K. H. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2012). Development of fear and guilt in young children: Stability over time and relations with psychopathologyDevelopment and Psychopathology, 24(3), 833-845. (10.1017/S0954579412000399) pdf

Patrick, J., Smy, V., Tombs, M. and Shelton, K. H. (2012). Being in one's chosen job determines pre-training attitudes and training outcomesJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85(2), 245-257. (10.1111/j.2044-8325.2011.02027.x)

Pedro, M., Maria Teresa Ribeiro, T. M. and Shelton, K. H. (2012). Marital satisfaction and partner's parenting practices: The mediating role of coparenting behaviorJournal of Family Psychology, 26(4), 509-522. (10.1037/a0029121)

Shelton, K. H., Mackie, P. K., Van Den Bree, M. B., Taylor, P. J. and Evans, S. L. (2012). Opening doors for all American youth? Evidence for Federal homelessness policyHousing Policy Debate, 22(3), 483-504. (10.1080/10511482.2012.683034)

2011

Mannering, A. M., Harold, G. T., Leve, L. D., Shelton, K. H., Shaw, D. S., Conger, R. D., Neiderhiser, J. M., Scaramella, L. V. and Reiss, D. (2011). Longitudinal associations between marital instability and child sleep problems across infancy and toddlerhood in adoptive familiesChild Development, 82(4), 1252-1266. (10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01594.x)

Shelton, K. H., Collishaw, S., Rice, F. J., Harold, G. T. and Thapar, A. (2011). Using a genetically informative design to examine the relationship between breastfeeding and childhood conduct problemsEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 20(11-12), 571-579. (10.1007/s00787-011-0224-y)

2010

Glaser, B., Shelton, K. H. and Van den Bree, M. (2010). The moderating role of close friends in the relationship between conduct problems and adolescent substance useJournal of Adolescent Health, 47(1), 35-42. (10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.12.022)

Shelton, K. H. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2010). The Moderating Effects of Pubertal Timing on the Longitudinal Associations Between Parent-Child Relationship Quality and Adolescent Substance UseJournal of Research on Adolescence, 20(4), 1044-1064. (10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00643.x)

2009

Shelton, K. H., Boivin, J., Hay, D. F., Van den Bree, M. B., Rice, F. J., Harold, G. T. and Thapar, A. (2009). Examining differences in psychological adjustment problems among children conceived by assisted reproductive technologiesInternational Journal of Behavioral Development, 33(5), 385-392. (10.1177/0165025409338444)

Shelton, K. H., Taylor, P. J., Bonner, A. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2009). Risk Factors for Homelessness: Evidence From a Population-Based StudyPsychiatric Services, 60(4), 465-472. (10.1176/appi.ps.60.4.465)

Van Den Bree, M. B., Shelton, K. H., Bonner, A., Moss, S., Thomas, H. V. and Taylor, P. J. (2009). A longitudinal population-based study of factors in adolescence predicting homelessness in young adulthoodJournal of Adolescent Health, 45(6), 571-578. (10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.03.027)

2008

Harold, G. T., Shelton, K. H., Rice, F. J., Boivin, J., Hay, D. F., Van Den Bree, M. B. and Thapar, A. (2008). Disentangling genetic and environmental influences on children’s development: introducing a novel methodologyActa Psychologica Sinica, 40(10), 1124-1134.

Shelton, K. H., Walters, S. L. and Harold, G. T. (2008). Children's appraisals of relationships in stepfamilies and first families: comparative links with externalizing and internalizing behaviors. In: Pryor, J. ed. The International Handbook of Stepfamilies. Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Environments. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 250-276. (10.1002/9781118269923.ch11)

Shelton, K. H. and Harold, G. T. (2008). Interparental conflict, negative parenting, and children's adjustment: Bridging links between parents' depression and children's psychological distressJournal of Family Psychology, 22(5), 712-724. (10.1037/a0013515 )

Shelton, K. H., Harold, G. T., Fowler, T. A., Rice, F. J., Neale, M. C., Thapar, A. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2008). Parent-Child Relations, Conduct Problems and Cigarette Use in Adolescence: Examining the Role of Genetic and Environmental Factors on Patterns of BehaviorJournal of Youth and Adolescence, 37(10), 1216-1228. (10.1007/s10964-007-9254-7)

Shelton, K. H. and Harold, G. T. (2008). Pathways Between Interparental Conflict and Adolescent Psychological Adjustment Bridging Links Through Children's Cognitive Appraisals and Coping StrategiesJournal of Early Adolescence, 28(4), 555-582. (10.1177/0272431608317610)

Full list of publications

2014

Hodgson, K., Shelton, K. H. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2014). Mental health problems in young people with experiences of homelessness and the relationship with health service use: a follow-up studyEvidence-Based Mental Health (10.1136/ebmental-2014-101810)

Pesola, F., Shelton, K. H. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2014). Sexual orientation and alcohol problem use among UK adolescents: an indirect link through depressed moodAddiction, 109(7), 1072-1080. (10.1111/add.12528)

2013

Baibazarova, E., van de Beek, C., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T., Buitelaar, J., Shelton, K. H. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2013). Influence of prenatal maternal stress, maternal plasma cortisol and cortisol in the amniotic fluid on birth outcomes and child temperament at 3 monthsPsychoneuroendocrinology, 38(6), 907-915. (10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.09.015) pdf

Baker, E. C., Shelton, K. H., Baibazarova, E., Hay, D. F. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2013). Low skin conductance activity in infancy predicts aggression in toddlers 2 years laterPsychological Science, 24(6), 1051-1056. (10.1177/0956797612465198)

Hodgson, K., Shelton, K. H. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2013). Psychopathlogy in young people experiencing homelessness: A systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Public Health, 103(6), e24-e37. (10.2105/AJPH.2013.301318)

Hodgson, K., Shelton, K. H., Van Den Bree, M. B. and Los, F. J. (2013). Psychopathology in young people experiencing homelessness: A systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Public Health, 103(6), e24-e37. (10.2105/AJPH.2013.301318)

Hummel, A., Shelton, K. H., Heron, J., Moore, L. A. R. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2013). A systematic review of the relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance useAddiction, 108(3), 487-496. (10.1111/add.12055)

Riglin, L., Frederickson, N., Shelton, K. H. and Rice, F. J. (2013). A longitudinal study of psychological functioning and academic attainment at the transition to secondary schoolJournal of Adolescence, 36(3), 507-517. (10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.03.002)

White, J., Shelton, K. H. and Elgar, F. J. (2013). Prospective associations between the family environment, family cohesion, and psychiatric symptoms among adolescent girlsChild Psychiatry & Human Development (10.1007/s10578-013-0423-5)

2012

Baker, E. C., Baibazarova, E., Ktistaki, G., Shelton, K. H. and Van Goozen, S. H. M. (2012). Development of fear and guilt in young children: Stability over time and relations with psychopathologyDevelopment and Psychopathology, 24(3), 833-845. (10.1017/S0954579412000399) pdf

Patrick, J., Smy, V., Tombs, M. and Shelton, K. H. (2012). Being in one's chosen job determines pre-training attitudes and training outcomesJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85(2), 245-257. (10.1111/j.2044-8325.2011.02027.x)

Pedro, M., Maria Teresa Ribeiro, T. M. and Shelton, K. H. (2012). Marital satisfaction and partner's parenting practices: The mediating role of coparenting behaviorJournal of Family Psychology, 26(4), 509-522. (10.1037/a0029121)

Shelton, K. H., Mackie, P. K., Van Den Bree, M. B., Taylor, P. J. and Evans, S. L. (2012). Opening doors for all American youth? Evidence for Federal homelessness policyHousing Policy Debate, 22(3), 483-504. (10.1080/10511482.2012.683034)

2011

Mannering, A. M., Harold, G. T., Leve, L. D., Shelton, K. H., Shaw, D. S., Conger, R. D., Neiderhiser, J. M., Scaramella, L. V. and Reiss, D. (2011). Longitudinal associations between marital instability and child sleep problems across infancy and toddlerhood in adoptive familiesChild Development, 82(4), 1252-1266. (10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01594.x)

Shelton, K. H., Collishaw, S., Rice, F. J., Harold, G. T. and Thapar, A. (2011). Using a genetically informative design to examine the relationship between breastfeeding and childhood conduct problemsEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 20(11-12), 571-579. (10.1007/s00787-011-0224-y)

2010

Glaser, B., Shelton, K. H. and Van den Bree, M. (2010). The moderating role of close friends in the relationship between conduct problems and adolescent substance useJournal of Adolescent Health, 47(1), 35-42. (10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.12.022)

Shelton, K. H. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2010). The Moderating Effects of Pubertal Timing on the Longitudinal Associations Between Parent-Child Relationship Quality and Adolescent Substance UseJournal of Research on Adolescence, 20(4), 1044-1064. (10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00643.x)

2009

Shelton, K. H., Boivin, J., Hay, D. F., Van den Bree, M. B., Rice, F. J., Harold, G. T. and Thapar, A. (2009). Examining differences in psychological adjustment problems among children conceived by assisted reproductive technologiesInternational Journal of Behavioral Development, 33(5), 385-392. (10.1177/0165025409338444)

Shelton, K. H., Taylor, P. J., Bonner, A. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2009). Risk Factors for Homelessness: Evidence From a Population-Based StudyPsychiatric Services, 60(4), 465-472. (10.1176/appi.ps.60.4.465)

Van Den Bree, M. B., Shelton, K. H., Bonner, A., Moss, S., Thomas, H. V. and Taylor, P. J. (2009). A longitudinal population-based study of factors in adolescence predicting homelessness in young adulthoodJournal of Adolescent Health, 45(6), 571-578. (10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.03.027)

2008

Harold, G. T., Shelton, K. H., Rice, F. J., Boivin, J., Hay, D. F., Van Den Bree, M. B. and Thapar, A. (2008). Disentangling genetic and environmental influences on children’s development: introducing a novel methodologyActa Psychologica Sinica, 40(10), 1124-1134.

Shelton, K. H., Walters, S. L. and Harold, G. T. (2008). Children's appraisals of relationships in stepfamilies and first families: comparative links with externalizing and internalizing behaviors. In: Pryor, J. ed. The International Handbook of Stepfamilies. Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Environments. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 250-276. (10.1002/9781118269923.ch11)

Shelton, K. H. and Harold, G. T. (2008). Interparental conflict, negative parenting, and children's adjustment: Bridging links between parents' depression and children's psychological distressJournal of Family Psychology, 22(5), 712-724. (10.1037/a0013515 )

Shelton, K. H., Harold, G. T., Fowler, T. A., Rice, F. J., Neale, M. C., Thapar, A. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2008). Parent-Child Relations, Conduct Problems and Cigarette Use in Adolescence: Examining the Role of Genetic and Environmental Factors on Patterns of BehaviorJournal of Youth and Adolescence, 37(10), 1216-1228. (10.1007/s10964-007-9254-7)

Shelton, K. H. and Harold, G. T. (2008). Pathways Between Interparental Conflict and Adolescent Psychological Adjustment Bridging Links Through Children's Cognitive Appraisals and Coping StrategiesJournal of Early Adolescence, 28(4), 555-582. (10.1177/0272431608317610)

2007

Fowler, T., Shelton, K. H., Lifford, K., Rice, F., McBride, A., Nikolov, I., Neale, M. C., Harold, G. T., Thapar, A. and Van Den Bree, M. B. (2007). Genetic and environmental influences on the relationship between peer alcohol use and own alcohol use in adolescentsAddiction, 102(6), 894-903. (10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.01824.x)

Fowler, T. A., Lifford, K. J., Shelton, K. H., Rice, F. J., Thapar, A., Neale, M. C., McBride, A. J. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2007). Exploring the relationship between genetic and environmental influences on initiation and progression of substance useAddiction, 102(3), 413-422. (10.1111/j.1360-0443.2006.01694.x)

Harold, G. T., Aitken, J. J. and Shelton, K. H. (2007). Inter-parental conflict and children's academic attainment: a longitudinal analysisJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48(12), 1223-1232. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01793.x)

Shelton, K. H. and Harold, G. T. (2007). Marital conflict and children's adjustment: The mediating and moderating role of children's coping strategiesSocial Development, 16(3), 497-512. (10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00400.x)

Shelton, K. H., Lifford, K., Fowler, T., Rice, F., Harold, G. T., Thapar, A. and Van den Bree, M. B. (2007). The association between conduct problems and the initiation and progression of marijuana use during adolescence: A genetic analysis across timeBehavior Genetics, 37(2), 314-325. (10.1007/s10519-006-9124-1)

Van Den Bree, M. B., Rice, F. J., Fowler, T. A., Shelton, K. H., Lifford, K., Scourfield, J., Harold, G. T. and Thapar, A. (2007). The Cardiff Study of All Wales and North West of England Twins (CaStANET): A longitudinal research programme of child and adolescent developmentTwin Research on Human Genetics, 10(1), 13-25.

2006

Rice, F. J., Harold, G. T., Shelton, K. H. and Thapar, A. (2006). Family conflict interacts with genetic liability in predicting childhood and adolescent depressionJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 45(7), 841-848. (10.1097/01.chi.0000219834.08602.44)

Shelton, K. H., Harold, G. T., Goeke-Morey, M. C. and Cummings, E. M. (2006). Children's coping with marital conflict: the role of conflict expression and genderSocial Development, 15(2), 232-247. (10.1046/j.1467-9507.2006.00338.x)

2004

Harold, G. T., Shelton, K. H., Goeke-Morey, M. C. and Cummings, E. M. (2004). Marital conflict, child emotional security about family relationships and child adjustmentSocial Development, 13(3), 350-376. (10.1111/j.1467-9507.2004.00272.x)

2003

Goeke-Morey, M. C., Cummings, E. M., Harold, G. T. and Shelton, K. (2003). Categories and continua of destructive and constructive marital conflict tactics from the perspective of US and Welsh childrenJournal of Family Psychology, 17(3), 327-338. (10.1037/0893-3200.17.3.327 )

2002

Davies, P. T., Harold, G. T., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Cummings, E. M., Shelton, K. H. and Rasi, J. A. (2002). Study 1: Child Responses to Interparental Conflict: Comparing the Relative Roles of Emotional Security and Social Learning ProcessesMonographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 67(3), 27-40. (10.1111/1540-5834.00207)

Davies, P. T., Harold, G. T., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Cummings, E. M., Shelton, K. H. and Rasi, J. A. (2002). Relations between interparental conflict, child emotional security, and adjustment in the context of cognitive appraisalsMonographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 67(3), 41-62. (10.1111/1540-5834.00208)

Research topics and related papers

My core interest is children’s understanding of their family and how these appraisals influence their psychological well-being and development (Harold et al., 2002; 2004; 2007; Shelton et al., 2006, 2008; Shelton & Harold, 2007, 2008a,b; Goeke-Morey et al., 2002; 2003). Some of my research has examined the family-based processes that characterise relationships between parent psychopathology and adolescent aggression and depression (Shelton & Harold, 2008) as well as the interplay of genetic and environmental factors underlying links between parent-child conflict and early adolescent adjustment problems (Shelton et al., 2007). I have also undertaken research examining the nature of relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance use (Shelton & van den Bree, 2010).  More recently, I have conducted research examining risk factors for homelessness in early adulthood (Shelton et al., 2009; van den Bree et al., 2009).

Funding

Shelton, K.H., Holland. S., Ottaway, H., & Doughty, J., (2013 with funding starting October 2014 to September 2016). Understanding the elements of early placement success for adopted children and their families. National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR). £198,722.

Rice, F., Frederickson, N., Shelton, K. H., McManus, C. (2011-2013). Examining pathways linking
psychological adjustment and academic attainment across the transition to secondary school. Nuffield
Foundation. £111,474. [link]

van den Bree, M.B.M., Shelton, K. H., Heron, J., Munafo, M., Hickman, M & Maughan, B. (2011-2013).  Peer group influences on the relationship between depressive symptoms and alcohol misuse in adolescence. European Research Advisory Board. €94,486.

Shelton, K.H. & van den Bree M.B.M. (2010 - 2013). Knowledge Transfer Partnership: £129,456. The needs of young people with homelessness experiences.

Shelton, K.H.  (2003-4). Marital conflict, children’s coping strategies and their psychological adjustment: A process-oriented analysis. Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship. £27,117.

Research collaborators

Dr. Sally Holland, Cardiff University.
Dr. Frances Rice, University College London
Dr. Marianne MB. van den Bree
, Cardiff University

Postgraduate research interests

I am interested in supervising research projects in the area of developmental psychology with a particular focus on the family as a context for understanding child and adolescent well-being.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Current students

Charlotte Fry: ESRC +3 /Llamau funded studentship: Cognitive function among young people with experiences of homelessness.

Rebecca Anthony: ESRC 1+3 studentship: Understanding the elements of early placement success for adopted children and their families.

Beverley Winn. Doctoral research:  The relationship between adult symptoms of autism and the quality of couple relationship: Implications for adult mental health and well-being.

Previous students

Alegra Hummel (2011-2013). Doctoral dissertation: Psychological aspects of pubertal maturation, family functioning and substance use in adolescence.

Kate Hodgson (2011-2013). Doctoral dissertation: An investigation of characteristics of young people with experiences of homelessness. 

Sasha Walters. (2007 - 2011). Doctoral dissertation: ‘Family influences on children's transition from primary to secondary school.’

Eugenia Baibazarova (2007 - 2011). Doctoral dissertation: ‘Maternal influences on early child emotional development.’

Miss Eleanor Walsh (2008-2009). Masters in Research Methods for the Social Sciences. Awarded with Distinction.

Undergraduate education

1999: Bachelor of Science, University of Wales, Cardiff. First Class Honours.

Postgraduate education

2003: Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology. Cardiff University.

2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. Higher Education Academy.

Awards/external committees

2012: Cardiff University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP): summer bursary for an undergraduate research placement.

2012: Cardiff University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP): summer bursary for an undergraduate research placement.

2005: Travel Fellowship, Behavior Genetics Association.

2003: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Economic and Social Research Council.

2001: Charles Cole Travelling Scholarship, Cardiff University for a research visit to University California, Davis.

1999: Stuart Dimond memorial prize for best final year undergraduate research project, Cardiff University.

Associate Editor: Social Development

Employment

2013 - present: Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

2009 - 2013: Lecturer. School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

2007 - 2008: Research and Teaching Fellow. School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

2004 - 2006: Research Psychologist, Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University.

2003 - 2004: ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

1998 - 1999: Research Assistant, City University, London.

1997 - 1998: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.