Simon Hunter


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Professor Hunter's research takes place at the intersection between mental health and developmental psychology, and applies theoretical models of stress and coping within a social ecological framework to understand the psychological and social wellbeing of children and young people. At GCU, he is a member of the Parenting and Family Support research group within the Healthy Lives and Relationships theme.

This has included extensive empirical study of the experiences of peer-victimisation and violence reduction. He has collaborated with Scotland's anti-bullying service RespectMe and with Police Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit on this work. Professor Hunter's work has also focused on young people's electronic screen use, including a world-leading longitudinal cohort study of associations in the fields of psychological and social wellbeing conducted in collaboration with Professor Stephen Houghton at the University of Western Australia. Also with Professor Houghton, he is currently involved in two separate project relating to loneliness among children and young people, the first being the development of a gamified prevention programme and the second seeking to understand the trajectories of loneliness among young people with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders.

As Chair of the Mental Health Foundation's evaluation of the national Scottish mental health stigma reduction campaign 'See Me', a focus on the mental health stigma experiences of young people has also come to the fore in his work in recent years. He continues to work with the MHF on mental health stigma projects.

Across his research portfolio, Professor Hunter's work speaks to a number of WHO development goals including good health and wellbeing, gender equality, and peace, justice and strong institutions. He is committed to a research and teaching ethos which aligns with GCU's values and behaviours.

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Research Output

Blog: Rethinking Teens and Screens in the Age of COVID-19

Hunter, S. & Guiller, J., 29 May 2020

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Bullying among children and adolescents

Thornberg, R., Hunter, S. C., Hong, J. S. & Rönnberg, J., Feb 2020, In : Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 61, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

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    Loneliness accounts for the association between diagnosed Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and symptoms of depression among adolescents

    Houghton, S., Lawrence, D., Hunter, S. C., Zadow, C., Kyron, M., Paterson, R., Carroll, A., Christie, R. & Brandtman, M., Jun 2020, In : Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 42, p. 237–247 11 p.

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  • Loneliness in adolescence: a Rasch analysis of the Perth A-loneness Scale

    Houghton, S., Marais, I., Hunter, S. C., Lawrence, D., Tan, C. & Carroll, A., 15 Sep 2020, In : Quality of Life Research. 30 p.

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