Rory Devine

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Dr Rory T. Devine is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, longitudinal research methods and psychometrics. His research focuses on individual differences in social and cognitive skills from infancy to adulthood. His work seeks to understand: (1) why children differ from one another in their ability to reason about others’ minds (or ‘theory of mind’) and to control their own thoughts and actions (or ‘executive function’); and (2) what consequences variation in these domains has for social, behavioural and academic adjustment and well-being. Dr Devine is also interested in how children's social experiences at home (e.g., with parents, carers and siblings) and at school (e.g., with teachers and peers) impact on children's social and cognitive development. 

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

    Individual Differences in Theory of Mind in Middle Childhood: Multiple Perspectives

    1 Oct 2009 - 5 Nov 2012
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

    1 Oct 2008 - 30 Sep 2009
  • Bachelor of Science, Trinity College Dublin

    1 Oct 2001 - 30 Jun 2005

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

    12 Jun 2019 -
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, AFBPsS

    3 Apr 2017 -
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society, C.Psychol.

    20 Jan 2014 -

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Devine is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
Cognitive Development, Social Development, Theory of Mind, Executive Function, Psychopathology, School Readiness, Parenting and Families, Peer Relationships, Longitudinal Methods, Individual Differences. Dr Devine's research uses advanced quantitative methods including confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modelling, multi-level modelling and path analysis. He does not supervise projects using qualitative methods. Please email Dr Devine before making an application to discuss potential projects.