Internationally Recognized contribution to Research and Scholarly Activities
Robert’s contributions to research and scholarship has gained national and international recognition with his research concentration in the social, emotional and mental health needs of children. In the UK his Building Schools of Character has been implemented in schools across England and has gained recognition by OFSTED with one report indicating it could be a ‘model for the country’. Robert's research and publications have also received international recognition leading to invitations to speak at conferences in Russia, Hungary, Italy, Korea and the US. The most recent recognition of Robert’s contributions to the wellbeing of children through facilitated learning opportunities is an invitation from UNESCO to be a key contributor during the UNESCO Symposium on School Violence Prevention in 2017. This invitation is a strong indication that his work is not only garnering international recognition but turning toward becoming world leading as the reach of his research continues to grow. Robert is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Psychology and sits on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Educational Studies and the Multicultural Education Review. He also serves as grant reviewer for the ESRC, MRC and HTA in the UK; The European Research Council (ERC) and the Ministry of Education, Singapore. He is currently the Primary Investigator on a 8.8m Big Lotto funded grant in the UK investigating school and community based approaches to improving the mental health of young people. In addition, Robert has research projects in South Korea, Nigeria and Kenya ranging from social emotional development, reducing school violence and bullying, promoting culture of peace to mobile learning in the digital age to improve connectivity. Robert’s scholarly activities include writing numerous peer reviewed articles, writing and contributing to books, presenting at international conferences around the world, editing and reviewing manuscripts, evaluating grant application for multiple funding bodies and delivering professional development seminars and workshops for teachers, mental health service providers and scholars. In addition, Robert is working to bring neuroscience into his investigations in the near future to develop a richer understanding of the neural correlates of emotional self-regulation, social competence and decision making by using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).