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Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Research and Psychology in the School of Psychology and the Director of Enterprise and Extermal Relations for the School of Psychology. Laura is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Laura Biggart has a first class degree in BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Sciences and PhD. Funded by a University of East Anglia PhD Studentship, she undertook research into Psychosocial influences on the work-family life of fathers from October 2006 to September 2009.
In 2007, she won a scholarship from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to undertake secondary analysis of their Work Life Balance datasets 2006. Post-doc, Laura worked on research examining offending in looked after children, a research project funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with The Adolescent and Children's Trust (TACT) between 2010-2011.
Laura was Principal Investigator on a three-year (2012-2015) ESRC-funded Future Research Leader project examining emotional intelligence in social work. From this project Laura is exploring the impact of embedding the Team as Secure base model into organisations - https://www.uea.ac.uk/providingasecurebase/secure-base-in-teams
In 2017-18, Laura, with colleague Dr Kamena Henshaw and UEA students, developed the OpenUp UEA student support app to help the transition to university. https://www.uea.ac.uk/psychology/openup-uea
I returned to higher education as a mature student having worked in local government and the charity sector for a number of years. From my experience and through research, I have learned that the mix of ‘real world’ experience and learning is a powerful one for gaining insight into how people feel, think and behave. I enjoy taking an applied approach to psychology at UEA and enjoy the collaborative opportunities here to work with other disciplines. I am keen to make students aware of the links between theory and practice and develop their research skills to enhance their employability.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Laura’s research focuses on social cognition (emotion recognition, attribution) and emotional intelligence (trait and ability models), emotional resilience, particularly in applied settings, for example: at work, work-life balance, recruitment and selection, parenting and youth offending. Laura is a member of The Centre for Research on the Child and Family.
Laura was Principal Investigator on a three year (2012-2015) ESRC-funded Future Research Leader project examining emotional intelligence in social work. For more information go to www.uea.ac.uk/emotionsatwork
Fathers and work family life: Psychosocial influences.
Previous Research Associate Contracts
UEA - Evaluation of Shropshire Children’s Fund 2006, Shropshire County Council.
Lead investigators: Dr R.McEune, Prof. M. O’Brien
UEA - Norfolk Young People’s Needs Assessment 2007: Substance misuse, vulnerability and service engagement, Norfolk Drug & Alcohol Action Team. Lead investigators: Dr V.Scaife, Prof M.O’Brien
UEA - Looked after children and offending - Research project funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with The Adolescent and Children's Trust - 2010-2011.
Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Stride, C., Schofield, G., Corr, P., Fletcher, C., Bowler, J. (2016). Emotional Intelligence in Social Work. European Social Work Research Association Conference, Lisbon.
Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Stride, C., Schofield, G., Corr, P., Fletcher, C., Bowler, J. (2015). Can Emotional intelligence be trained? International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Conference, Canada
Biggart, L. & Schofield, G. (June 2012). 'Looked after children and offending: social cognition'. British Psychological Society, Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (July 2010). Fathers’ working hours: fatherhood status or career stage? International Sociological Association World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden: Joint Session RC06, Men, work and parenting.
Biggart, L. & O’Brien, M. (April 2009). 'Fathers, work and family: Trait emotional intelligence and work family conflict'. The International Community, Work and Family Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Schofield, G. (2017), The team as a secure base: Promoting resilience and competence in child and family social work. Children and Youth Services Review, 83 (Supplement C),119-130. doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.031
Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L., Stride, C., Schofield, G., Corr, P., Fletcher, C., Bowler, J., Jordan, P., Bailey, S. (2016). Emotional Intelligence and Burnout in Child and Family Social Work: Implications for policy and practice: Research Briefing. Norwich: Centre for Research on Children and Families, University of East Anglia.
Biggart, L., & O’Brien, M. (2010). UK fathers’ long work hours: Career stage or fatherhood?. Fathering, 8(3), 341-361.
Biggart, L., Corr, P., O’Brien, M., & Cooper, N. (2010). Trait emotional work and work-family conflict in fathers. Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 48, Issue 8, 911-916.
Schofield, G., Ward, E., Biggart, L., Scaife, V., Dodsworth, J., Larsson, B., Haynes, A., & Stone, N. (2012). Looked After Children and Offending: Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 1 Jan 2010
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 1 Jan 2005
External examiner for MSc in The Psychology of Childhood Adversity, Queen's University Belfast1 Oct 2014 → 30 Oct 2018
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Exploring perspectives from stroke survivors, carers and clinicians on virtual reality as a precursor to using telerehabilitation for spatial neglect post-strokeMorse, H., Biggart, L., Pomeroy, V. & Rossit, S., 18 Sep 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
The team as a secure base revisited: Remote working and resilience among child and family social workers during COVID-19Cook, L. L., Zschomler, D., Biggart, L. & Carder, S., 15 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Children's Services. 15, 4, p. 259-266 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)22 Downloads (Pure)
Renoult, L., Biggart, L., Nobes, G., Satmarean, T. & Bowler, J. O., 15 Nov 2019, In: Brain Research. 1723, 146387.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)10 Downloads (Pure)
Larsson, B., Schofield, G. & Biggart, L., 2018, In: International Journal of Restorative Justice. 2018, 1
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
Biggart, L., Ward, E., Cook, L. & Schofield, G., Dec 2017, In: Children and Youth Services Review. 83, p. 119-130 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile13 Citations (Scopus)78 Downloads (Pure)