Professor Richard Rowe BSc, MSc, PhD

Photograph of Dr Richard Rowe

University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TP
Tel: (+44) (0)114 22 26606


BSc (Manchester), MSc, PhD (Reading)

Research Interests

The Development of Antisocial behaviour: Sex differences, callousness, oppositionality, testosterone, behavioural genetics.

Driver Behaviour: Interventions to reduce risky driving, factors contributing to crash liability.

Anticipation in skilled performance: Video simulation measurement, modelling and training implications particularly regarding tennis and driving.

Key Research Funding

Identifying the mechanisms linking socioeconomic status and child antisocial behaviour. Nuffield Foundation. £127,555. PI: Rowe. 2016-2018.

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 the Sheffield Psychology lead for ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. I lecture in quantitative methods for the Doctoral Training Centre as well as on our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MSc in Psychological Research Methods and MSc in Occupational Psychology. At undergraduate level, I organise and teach on the Research Methods module at Level 2.

Activities and Distinctions

  • Associate Editor, BMC Psychology.
  • 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), York St John University (Psychology Degree)
  • 2002 American Psychological Association New Researcher award for Applied Experimental Psychology.

Current Postgraduate Students

  • Dan Denis (Neuroimaging skilled anticipation), ESRC AQM studentship
  • Samaneh Sadeghi (Antisocial behaviour and depressed mood), self-funding
  • 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


A list of key publications can be found below. A full list of publications.

Journal articles