Pam Maras Profile
Professor Pam Maras is Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the UK Science Council and Fellow and past President and Honorary General secretary of the British Psychological Society. She is Director of Research and Enterprise, Professor of Social and Educational Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London and is also director of the Research Centre for Children Schools and families within which her research is located and holds a number of senior University roles.
Pam received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues of the American Psychological Association (SPSSI) Social Issues Dissertation Annual Prize for outstanding academic achievement in a PhD in 1994. Her research interests are in social cognition, social identity, group processes and intergroup relations, attribution and individual differences. Pam has attracted considerable personal research funding and has international research collaborations including in Africa, Australasia, China, Europe (including France, Nederland, Spain and Italy), the Nordic Countries, North and Latin America and SE Asia.
As well as experimental research Pam has an interest in applying science to social situations including in the context of education. She is particularly interested in children and young people's pro-and anti-social behaviour, aspirations, identity, affect, motivation and self-concept. Pam is often asked to comment in the media and has provided evidence to the UK House of Commons Select Committees as well as at policy level to UK Government Departments, local authorities, schools and charities.
As well as her strong scientific record, Pam also has international leadership experience, in international capacity building. Before her election as President Elect, Professor Maras served two terms of office as an elected member of the IUPsyS Executive Committee, during which time she led and was on the leadership team for international capacity building. This has included work in Eastern Europe, the ASEAN region, the Caribbean and Latin America, having been involved in activity leading to declarations of regional collaboration in the Caribbean and Africa. This work represents Pam’s strongly held belief in the importance of local involvement in setting agenda and the important role of the Union in the promotion and dissemination of psychological science and practice for public good.