Professor Richard Rowe BSc, MSc, PhD
BSc (Manchester), MSc, PhD (Reading)
My research addresses identifying the factors underlying risky and antisocial behaviours in young people and the development of interventions to reduce these problematic behaviours. Major focusses have been on conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder in children and adolescents, and risky driving in young motorists. Other work has addressed suicide, self-harm and alcohol use. I have been involved in evaluating existing evaluations (e.g., for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership) and designing novel interventions which have taken a variety of forms form small group sessions to information sheets. In all cases interventions are informed by an understanding of the causal factors that underlie the target behaviour and by theories of behaviour change.
Key Research Funding
HAROLD: HAzards, ROad Lighting and Driving. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. £587,684. PI: Fotios (Sheffield), 2019-2022.
Identifying the mechanisms linking socioeconomic status and child antisocial behaviour. Nuffield Foundation. £127,555. PI: Rowe. 2016-2019.
Reducing newly-qualified driver crash risk: Identifying behavioural targets. Medical Research Council. £186,388. PI: Rowe. 2016-2017.
The role of “soft skills” in life outcomes of children and young people. Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics Small Grant. £3690. PI: Gurleen Popli, University of Sheffield. 2016.
Does an interactive child-centred workshop reduce treatment-related distress and improve QOL in children with leukaemia? National Institute of Health Research. £248,907. PI: Guy Makin (Manchester). 2011-2015.
Modelling developmental trajectories of novice driver crash liability. Economic and Social Research Council. £180, 536. PI: Damian Poulter (Greenwich). 2013-2014.
Identifying youth with affective dysregulation at risk for severe psychopthology. National Institute of Mental Health £99,500. PI: Jeff Burke (Pittsburgh). 2012-2014.
Teaching and administrative duties
I am Director of Research for the Psychology department and I am also Director of our MSc Psychological Research Methods courses. I lecture in research methods for our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MSc in Psychological Research Methods and MSc in Occupational Psychology.
Activities and Distinctions
- Associate Editor, PLOS ONE.
- Autistica research charity, Scientific Review Panel Member.
- Guest Editor, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Special Issue "Mood Dysregulation in child and adolescent psychopathology" (November, 2012, co-editors: Argyris Stringaris and Barbara Maughan).
- Co-author Research Methods Textbook "Statistics for the Health Sciences: A Non-Mathematical Introduction" (2012, co-authors: Christine Dancey and John Reidy).
- External examiner: University of Cardiff (Psychology & Medicine Intercalated Degree), Kings College London (MSc Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health), Royal Holloway (MSc Clinical Psychology).
- 2002 American Psychological Association New Researcher award for Applied Experimental Psychology.
Current Postgraduate Students
- Tamara Satmarean (Hostile Attribution Bias), ESRC AQM studentship
- Marianne Day (Quality of Life), staff candidate
- James Brookes (Heterogeneity in antisocial behaviour), ESRC AQM studentship
- John Dotse (Driver behaviour), Ghana Education Trust studentship
- Laura Castillo (Interventions for Antisocial Behaviour), Departmental teaching fellow, starting 2016
Previous Postgraduate Students
- Dr Thomas McAdams, Henry Dale Research Fellow, Kings College London
- Dr Patrycja Piotrowska, Research Fellow, University of Sydney
- Dr Simone Croft, Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
- Dr Dan Denis, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
A list of key publications can be found below. A full list of publications.
- Waldman I, Rowe R, Boylan K & Burke JD (2018) External validation of a bifactor model of oppositional defiant disorder. Molecular Psychiatry. View this article in WRRO
- Day M, Thompson A, Poulter D, Stride C & Rowe R (2018) Why do drivers become safer over the first three months of driving? A longitudinal qualitative study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 117, 225-231. View this article in WRRO
- Barker ED, Walton E, Cecil CAM, Rowe R, Jaffee SR, Maughan BM, O'Connor TG, Stringaris A, Meehan AJ, McArdle W , Relton CL et al (2017) A Methylome-Wide Association Study of Trajectories of Oppositional Defiant Behaviors and Biological Overlap With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Child Development. View this article in WRRO
- Denis D, Rowe R, Williams AM & Milne E (2017) The role of cortical sensorimotor oscillations in action anticipation.. Neuroimage, 146, 1102-1114. View this article in WRRO
- Barclay NL, Rowe R, O'Leary R, Bream D & Gregory AM (2016) Longitudinal Stability of Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Association between Diurnal Preference and Sleep Quality in Young Adult Twins and Siblings. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 31(4), 375-386. View this article in WRRO
- Armitage CJ, Rahim WA, Rowe R & O'Connor RC (2016) An exploratory randomised trial of a simple, brief psychological intervention to reduce subsequent suicidal ideation and behaviour in patients admitted to hospital for self-harm. British Journal of Psychiatry, 208(05), 470-476. View this article in WRRO
- Piotrowska PJ, Stride CB, Maughan B, Goodman R, McCaw L & Rowe R (2015) Income gradients within child and adolescent antisocial behaviours. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(5), 385-391. View this article in WRRO
- Roman GD, Poulter D, Barker E, McKenna FP & Rowe R (2015) Novice drivers’ individual trajectories of driver behavior over the first three years of driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 82, 61-69. View this article in WRRO
- Croft S, Stride C, Maughan B & Rowe R (2015) Validity of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in Preschool-Aged Children. PEDIATRICS, 135(5), e1210-e1219. View this article in WRRO
- Piotrowska PJ, Stride CB, Croft SE & Rowe R (2015) Socioeconomic status and antisocial behaviour among children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 35, 47-55. View this article in WRRO
- Rowe R, Roman GD, McKenna FP, Barker E & Poulter D (2015) Measuring errors and violations on the road: A bifactor modeling approach to the Driver Behavior Questionnaire. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 74, 118-125. View this article in WRRO
- Rowe R, Maughan B, Moran P, Ford T, Briskman J & Goodman R (2010) The role of callous and unemotional traits in the diagnosis of conduct disorder.. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 51(6), 688-695.
- Burke JD, Boylan K, Rowe R, Duku E, Stepp SD, Hipwell AE & Waldman ID () Identifying the irritability dimension of ODD: Application of a modified bifactor model across five large community samples of children.. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123(4), 841-851. View this article in WRRO