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Dr Gabriela Diana Roman


Dr Gabriela Roman obtained her BA in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) in 2007 before progressing to an MPhil in Criminological Research at the Institute of Criminology, the University of Cambridge in 2008. Gabriela submitted her PhD thesis in Developmental Psychology, at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, in December 2012 and was awarded the degree in May 2013.

Alongside her PhD work, she conducted an independent study on the wellbeing and perceived family and social relationships of 10- to 14-year-old children in Romania, in collaboration with Dr Anca Dobrean (

Gabriela's primary research interest is the cognitive and emotional development of children in 'dynamic environments', environments where children are exposed to multiple caregivers or where experience more caregiver transitions. Some topics of interest are:

* children in transnational families

* children exposed to adoption, foster care and orphanages

* informal multi-carer and multi-family care arrangements

* shared custody

* co-parenting by non-romantic partners

* children with incarcerated parents

* children of single parents with multiple live-in partners

* homeless and socially disadvantaged gifted children

Gabriela’s expertise lies with data analysis using complex methodology, with a special interest in structural equation modelling. She has acted as a consultant on several exciting projects. For example, from June 2011 to December 2012, Gabriela was involved in a longitudinal study of families created by assisted reproduction, led by Prof Susan Golombok, University of Cambridge. She is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich, where she is investigating the psychological factors related to heightened risk for accidents in novice drivers, within a project funded by the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

At the Psychometrics Centre, Gabriela was involved in the development of a set of questionnaires used to assess the societal impact of materials aimed at empowering and improving the wellbeing of young women in Tanzania and Zimbabwe (client: Camfed). Drawing on her expertise, Gabriela also delivered advanced training courses on structural equation modelling and Mplus, as part of the Psychometrics Centre’s Researcher Development Initiative in Quantitative Statistical Methods.

Key Publications

Hughes,C., Roman, G.D., & Ensor, R. (in press). Parenting and Executive Function: Positive and Negative Influences. To appear as chapter in S. Landry and C. Cooper (Eds.), Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide: John Wiley & Sons.

Hughes, C., Roman, G.D., Hart, J. M., & Ensor, R. (2013). Does maternal depression predict young children’s executive function? A 4 year longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(2), 169-177. DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12014

Golombok, S., Blake, L., Casey, P., Roman, G.D., & Jadva, V. (2013). Children born through reproductive donation: A longitudinal study of child adjustment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(6), 653-660. DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12015

Ensor, R., Roman, G.D., Hart, M., & Hughes, C. (2012). Mothers’ depressive symptoms and low mother-toddler mutuality both predict children’s maladjustment. Infant and Child Development, 21, 52-66. DOI: 10.1002/icd.762

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