Alexa Guy

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

About Me

I completed my undergraduate (BSc) and MRes degrees in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, in which my main area of research was cognitive development in young children. Since completing these degrees, I have held a number of research posts assessing different aspects of child development. In 2013, I started my PhD at the University of Warwick; investigating the social and emotional attributes associated with bullying involvement in adolescence. My thesis was submitted in September 2017, and my viva is scheduled for November 2017; when I hope to be awarded my PhD.


  • PhD Psychology (to be completed): ‘The Social and Emotional Profiles of Adolescent Bullies, Victims, and Bully-Victims’, University of Warwick, 2017

  • MRes Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2010

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1), University of Birmingham, 2005


My main areas of expertise are child development, social development and aggressive behaviour.

Research Interests

I am interested in how our social and emotional behaviour develops throughout childhood and adolescence, and how this influences our interactions with others.

Selected Publications

  • Guy, A., Lee, K., & Wolke, D. (2017). Differences in the early stages of social information processing for adolescents involved in bullying. Aggressive behavior. doi: 10.1002/ab.21716

  • Wolke, D., Lee, K., & Guy, A. (2017). Cyberbullying: a storm in a teacup?. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1-10. 26 (8), 899–908

  • Lee, K., Guy, A., Dale, J., & Wolke, D. (2017). Does psychological functioning mediate the relationship between bullying involvement and weight loss preoccupation in adolescents? A two-stage cross-sectional study. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 14(1), 38.

  • Lee, K., Guy, A., Dale, J., & Wolke, D. (2017). Adolescent desire for cosmetic surgery: associations with bullying and psychological functioning. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 139(5), 1109-1118.

  • Guy, A., Seaton, S. E., Boyle, E. M., Draper, E. S., Field, D. J., Manktelow, B. N., ... & Johnson, S. (2015). Infants born late/moderately preterm are at increased risk for a positive autism screen at 2 years of age. The Journal of pediatrics, 166(2), 269-275.

  • Blaggan, S., Guy, A., Boyle, E. M., Spata, E., Manktelow, B. N., Wolke, D., & Johnson, S. (2014). A parent questionnaire for developmental screening in infants born late and moderately preterm. Pediatrics, 134(1), e55-e62.

  • Parekh, S. A., Boyle, E. M., Guy, A., Blaggan, S., Manktelow, B. N., Wolke, D., & Johnson, S. (2016). Correcting for prematurity affects developmental test scores in infants born late and moderately preterm. Early human development, 94, 1-6.

Current Teaching

I contribute towards the following undergraduate modules:
Child Psychology: Theory to Practice
Childhood Contexts and Applications
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Foundations of Psychology
Growing and Changing
People Behaving Badly
Typical and Atypical Development
Understanding the Social World


Alexa Guy
School of Life Science and Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 298525