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OU academic honoured for research impact on the lives of children

John Oates, Senior Lecturer in Development Psychology in the OU’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Languages, was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society at its annual conference in Brighton on 4 May 2017.

The award citation said: “John Oates has demonstrated exceptional international contributions to policies and practices for children and young people, especially those challenged by disability and disadvantage. A strong social justice commitment characterises his work.

This nomination for the award of Honorary Fellowship is made on the basis of John Oates’ many years of contribution to the discipline of psychology, both nationally and internationally. John Oates is a psychologist of distinction and scholarship who has applied his deep knowledge of developmental psychology to understanding and enabling children and families. His work is infused with integrity and his commitment to helping others is exceptional.”

Commenting on this honour, John said: “I believe passionately that psychology has much to offer in improving children’s life chances, and I am very grateful that the Society has chosen to recognise my work with this award.”

Read about the impact of John’s research in Giving disadvantaged children a better start in life.

Mr John Oates

Senior Lecturer (Developmental Psychology)

School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Research interests.