Dr Cristina Costantini

BA LS Psychology Subject Leader

Professional Biography

Cristina is a lecturer, researcher, and child psychologist. She completed her PhD on infant feeding and the mother-infant relationship at the University of Portsmouth under the supervision of Prof Vasu Reddy. 

Prior to moving to the UK, Cristina graduated with summa cum laude from La Sapienza University, where she was trained as a clinical psychologist, specialising in the assessment and intervention of developmental disorders. 

Before joining Regent’s University London, Cristina worked as an associate lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and as a teaching fellow and lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. 

In the last decade, Cristina has gained wide experience working with children, adolescents and young adults with and without disabilities in multiple settings and from different backgrounds as she has worked in South Africa, Lesotho, Ireland, Poland, Italy and the UK.

Her research interests concern infant feeding and eating behaviours in typical and atypical developing children. She has presented research findings at international and national conferences, invited seminars, and public engagement talks. 

Cristina is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society as well as the Italian Council of Psychologists.

Qualifications 

  • BSc Degree in Psychology, La Sapienza, Italy
  • MSc Degree in Clinical Psychology, La Sapienza, Italy
  • MSt Degree in Counselling and Sexology, AISC, Italy
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2019-to date: Lecturer, Regent’s University London
  • 2016-2019: Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2015-2016: Teaching fellow, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2012-2015: Associate lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2010-2011: Research assistant, University of Portsmouth

2008-2010             Clinical psychologist, Department of Child Neuropsychiatry, Italy

Publications

  • Costantini, C., Akehurst, L., Reddy, V., & Fasulo, A. (2018). Synchrony, Co-Eating and Communication During Complementary Feeding in Early Infancy. Infancy, 23, 288-304. DOI: 10.1111/infa.12220
  • Costantini, C., Harris, G., Reddy, V., Akehurst, L., & Fasulo, A. (2018). Introducing complementary foods to infants: Does age really matter? A look at feeding practices in two European communities: British and Italian. Child Care in Practice, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2017.1414033
  • Watson, S., Costantini, C., Clegg, M. (2018). The role of complementary feeding methods on early eating behaviours and food neophobia in toddlers. Child Care in Practice. DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2018.1516625
  • Reddy, V., Williams, E., Costantini, C., Lang, B. (2010). Engaging with the self: mirror behaviour in Autism, Down Syndrome and Typical Development. Autism, 14, 531-546. DOI: 10.1177/1362361310370397

Research Supervision

BSc, MSc, and PhD supervision.

Research Interests

Cristina’s research interests concern child development in typically and atypically developing children, caregiver-child interactions, infant feeding and eating patterns in childhood. 

Grants Awarded

  • 2018 Jump Start Public Engagement Award, Oxford Brookes University, UK (£500)
  • 2017 Jump Start Public Engagement Award, Oxford Brookes University, UK (£500)
  • 2017 Staff Development, Oxford Brookes, UK (£400)
  • 2016 Staff Development, Oxford Brookes, UK (£400)
  • 2012 Post graduate research student bursary, University of Portsmouth, UK (£500)
  • 2012 Small Grants, Experimental Psychology Society, UK (£500)
  • 2012 Best research report, World Nutrition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
  • 2011 PhD studentship, University of Portsmouth, UK (£13,500 per year)
  • 2010 Borsa di perfezionamento all’estero, La Sapienza, Italy (€1,200 per month)

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society 
    • Division of Clinical Psychology 
    • Developmental Psychology Section
  • Chartered Member of the Italian Council of Psychologists 
  • Member of the European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching 

Teaching

  • Health Psychology (Module leader)
  • Positive Psychology (Module leader)
  • Psychopathology (Module leader)
  • Lifespan (Module leader) 
  • BSc, MSc, and PhD supervision
  • Academic advisor for BSc and BA students