Professor Richard Rowe BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Richard Rowe

Department of Psychology,
The University of Sheffield,
Floor G, Cathedral Court,
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, 
S1 2LT, UK
Tel: (+44) (0)114 22 26606


BSc (Manchester), MSc, PhD (Reading)

Research Interests

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

Developing evidence-based behaviour change interventions for Ghanaian public health priorities: HIV and road crash management. Research England GCRF Pump-Priming.  £8837. PI: Rowe. 2019

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.

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


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

Journal articles