Shaunna Devine
PhD Student

University Profile


I have spent my academic career at Liverpool John Moores University. I started my academic career at LJMU in 2016 when I undertook my BSc in Applied Psychology and graduated with first class in 2019. I was the involved with the validation of the MSc of Brain and Behaviour at LJMU, which I decided to undertake in 2019, graduating with a distinction in November 2020. Currently, I have undertaken a PhD in psychology and neuroscience. I was awarded the Pro-Vice Chancellor Scholarship to undertake a three-year PhD starting in February 2021. This project is named “Pathways to Social-Connectedness in Care Experienced Young People”.

My primary research interest is in early life experiences and childhood rearing practices. My research to date has explored the health and social impact of early life adversity. I have a passion for using research to improve the wellbeing and health of minorities and empower them to thrive at life. I have a profound interest in improving standards of social care and I am an active member of several groups which aim to improve standards of care for looked after children. Outside of academia I enjoy advocacy work, I regularly help to raise awareness of the care system by contributing to media projects.

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Director of Studies: Susannah Walker

Supervisors: Tara Kidd, Hannah Timpson and Paula Trotter 

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