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*PhD (2018; USW) entitled: ‘Family types, parental relationships, and children’s well-being: A cross-cultural and longitudinal study across Wales and Czech Republic’.
*Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)
*BSc in Developmental Psychology (2012; University of Glamorgan)


Klara’s academic path began in 2009 when she came to the University of Glamorgan to study a BSc in
Developmental Psychology. She has completed her PhD in 2018, which focused on the impact of family setting on children’s socio-emotional well-being and how the social and emotional skills (i) develop over time and (ii) differ across cultures. Working in collaboration with other senior psychology staff members in 2013, she acted as a research assistant for a project funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. Since 2013, Klara has been teaching on a broad spectrum of psychological subject disciplines, ranging from levels 4 to 7, including programmes such as MSc Play Therapy and PGDip in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Klara is currently the course leader for BSc (Hons) Childhood Development. Through passion, positivism, professionalism, and responsiveness, she aims to further develop her career in terms of teaching and research.


*Course leadership
*Module leadership
*Undergraduate dissertation supervision
*Designing and conducting large scale, cross-cultural research
*Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
*Working collaboratively within a research environment
*Teaching on a range of psychology-related modules (levels 4-7)


*BSc (Hons) Childhood Development course leadership
*Module leadership on a number of BSc (Hons) Childhood Development course (Level 4-6)

Previous teaching responsibilities:
*MSc Play Therapy & Therapeutic Play – Child Development module (level 7; 2015-2017)
*Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy: Advanced Integrative Theory & Skills; Advanced Applied Practice module (level 7; 2015-2017)
*Development in Childhood & Adolescence (level 5; 2013-2016)
*Introducing Psychology (level 4; 2013-2017)


Sabolova, K., Birdsey, N., Stuart-Hamilton, I., & Cousins, A. (2019). A cross-cultural exploration of children’s perceptions of wellbeing: Understanding of risk and protective factors. Children and Youth Services Review, 110.


  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


WAG Funded Project (£22k) to inform the Welsh Government campaign on positive parenting approaches to managing child behaviour (2013).


*Socioemotional well-being of children
*Children’s mental health
*Cross-cultural differences in children’s psychological functioning
*Intact and non-intact family environments

Areas of Expertise

Developmental psychology, children’s socioemotional well-being, family environments.

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