Professor, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
Professor Claire Hughes is a Professor in the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her main research programme is a longitudinal study (funded by grants from the ESRC and the Health Foundation) of a socially diverse group of children, recruited at the age of 2. Her most recent grants from the ESRC are entitled: "Social and Cognitive Predictors of Success in the Transition to School." and "Peer interactions: Developmental change from age 2 to age 6 and familial predictors."
Her first degree and PhD were both from the Experimental Psychology Department at Cambridge . She then spent two years in Paris as a post-doctoral Fellow of the Fyssen Foundation, working at the Hopital Robert Debré and at the Université de Paris V. Her research during this time focused on executive problems in relatives of children with autism. Next, Professor Hughes worked for six years with Professor Judy Dunn at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. During this time her research interests moved from autism to the cognitive and social difficulties of 'hard to manage' preschoolers.