Elizabeth Meins has been studying how parents interact with their infants for 30 years. Her research has shown how “tuning in” to your child (so-called mind-mindedness) has a positive impact on parenting and children’s development.
She did her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and PhD in Developmental Psychology at St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. She was appointed as a lecturer at Staffordshire University in 1992, where she conducted the first observational research on mind-mindedness. She moved to Durham University in 1997, and rose from lecturer to professor during her 16 years in the department. She joined the University of York in June 2013. The majority of her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and she recently held an ESRC Professorial Fellowship.