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We are a group of psychologists and educators working at Liverpool Hope University who are interested in researching how children develop and grow. We are experts in a number of different fields of work including children’s learning, understanding, reading, emotions, and moral behaviour. We are interested in connecting the ChildLab@Hope with the local families and schools.

If you and your family would like to collaborate with us taking part in our research, please fill in the following online form:

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Meet the Team

Dr Lorna Bourke

Principal Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Belen Lopez-Perez

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Zoi Nikiforidou

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Dr Glenn Pennington

Professional Tutor/Lab Manager

Dr Jim Stack

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Dr Antonio Zuffiano

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Pinar Oztop profile picture for childlab

Dr Pinar Oztop

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Hope the Bear

Mascot/Street recruitment

Silvia Staffolani staff Childlab

Silvia Staffolani

Research Assistant

Laura Martinez-Navarro staff Childlab

Laura Martinez-Navarro

Research Assistant

childlab Research Assistant

Mara Cattini

Research Assistant

Childlab research assistant

Luigi Portino

Research assistant

Jana Kvapilova

Jana Kvapilova

Research assistant

Flavia Cirimele

Flavia Cirimele

Research assistant

Contact Us

If you are interested in participating in our studies, please contact us for more information:


Telephone: 0151 291 2078

Alternatively, you can email either of our directors:

Tools for Educators and Practitioners

Children's and Adolescents' Happiness Questionnaire (Lopez-Perez & Zuffianò, 2017)

Recent reports have pointed out that around 25% of children are unhappy at school (Children's Society, 2015). Importantly, happiness does not only entail positive emotions and life satisfaction, but it also includes other components.

We have developed the Children's and Adolescents' Happiness at School Questionnaire, based on the PERMA model (Seligman, 2011). We have identified the following components:

- Positive Emotions: being able to experience on positive emotions.

- Accomplishments: setting up and striving for goals and making the effort to achieve them.

- Positive Development: having positive relationships, being motivated at school, and finding school as something meaningful.

 Happiness distribution



We are exploring whether children and adolescents' age, gender, and context (for instance, engaging classrooms vs. non-engaging classrooms) modulate their self-ratings on these three core elements of psychological well-being and happiness.