Department of Psychology

Dr Michelle St Clair

10W 2.38
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4393
Academic Prizes

2012 Editor's Award for the best language paper in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing

Current Collaborations


I am a lecturer in Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath. My background for the 7 years prior to joining the University of Bath has been in the field of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Manchester and the University of Cambrige.

My particular expertise has been on large scale, complex data analysis from three cohorts: the Manchester Language Study at the University of Manchester, the ROOTS cohort at the University of Cambridge and the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network (NPSN) cohort at the University of Cambridge and UCL.

My current research interest focuses on many related aspects of developmental psychopathology. One large project is evaluating the underlining dimensions behind many common mental illnesses, specifically investigating the idea of one general 'P' or psychopathology factor that has recently been discussed in the literature.

My research has also focused on the long-range reach of early experiences, particularly childhood adversity on adolescent outcomes. Related to this, I am interested in evaluating how the quality of early childhood experiences (both positive and negative) relate to risk and resilience to negative experiences in adolescence and young adulthood. I am also interested in the mechanisms behind increased rates of emotional disorders that are often found in young people who have a history of language impairments.

My previous research has focused on the longitudinal development of children with a history of Specific Language Impairment (SLI), including the rates of behaviour, emotional and social difficulties from childhood to late adolescence.

Research interests

  • Language impairments and emotional and social difficulities
  • Developmental sensitivity to stressful childhood experiences
  • Childhood adversity and adolescent outcomes
  • Risk and resilience to psychiatric disorder
  • Underlining dimensions behind psychiatric disorders


Book Sections

St Clair, M., Monaghan, P. and Christiansen, M. H., 2014. Grammatical categories. In: Brooks, P. J. and Kempe, V., eds. Encyclopedia of Language Development. Thousand Oaks, U. S. A.: Sage Publications, pp. 253-255.


St Clair, M. C., Neufeld, S., Jones, P. B., Fonagy, P., Bullmore, E. T., Dolan, R. J., Moutoussis, M., Toseeb, U. and Goodyer, I. M., 2017. Characterising the latent structure and organisation of self-reported thoughts, feelings and behaviours in adolescents and young adults. PLoS ONE

van Harmelen, A.-L., Gibson, J. L., St Clair, M., Owens, M., Brodbeck, J., Dunn, V., Lewis, G., Croudace, T., Jones, P. B., Kievit, R. A. and Goodyer, I. M., 2016. Friendships and family support reduce subsequent depressive symptoms in at-risk adolescents. PLoS ONE

St Clair, M. C., Croudace, T., Dunn, V. J., Jones, P. B., Herbert, J. and Goodyer, I. M., 2015. Childhood adversity subtypes and depressive symptoms in early and late adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 27 (3), pp. 885-889.

Memarzia, J., St Clair, M. C., Owens, M., Goodyer, I. M. and Dunn, V. J., 2015. Adolescents leaving mental health or social care services:predictors of mental health and psychosocial outcomes one year later. BMC Health Services Research, 15, 185.

Toseeb, U., Brage, S., Corder, K., Dunn, V. J., Jones, P. B., Owens, M., St Clair, M. C., van Sluijs, E. M. F. and Goodyer, I. M., 2014. Exercise and depressive symptoms in adolescents:A Longitudinal cohort study. JAMA Pediatrics, 168 (12), pp. 1093-1100.

Brodbeck, J., Goodyer, I.M., Abbott, R.A., Dunn, V.J., St Clair, M.C., Owens, M., Jones, P.B. and Croudace, T.J., 2014. General distress, hopelessness - suicidal ideation and worrying in adolescence:concurrent and predictive validity of a symptom-level bifactor model for clinical diagnoses. Journal of Affective Disorders, 152-154 (1), pp. 299-305.

Pickles, A., St Clair, M. C. and Conti-Ramsden, G., 2013. Communication and social deficits in relatives of individuals with SLI and relatives of individuals with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43 (1), pp. 156-167.

Conti-Ramsden, G., St Clair, M. C., Pickles, A. and Durkin, K., 2012. Developmental trajectories of verbal and nonverbal skills in individuals with a history of specific language impairment:from childhood to adolescence. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR), 55 (6), pp. 1716-1735.

Walsh, N. D., Dalgleish, T., Dunn, V. J., Abbott, R., St Clair, M. C., Owens, M., Fairchild, G., Kerslake, W. S., Hiscox, L. V., Passamonti, L., Ewbank, M., Ban, M., Calder, A. J. and Goodyer, I. M., 2012. 5-HTTLPR-environment interplay and its effects on neural reactivity in adolescents. NeuroImage, 63 (3), pp. 1670-1680.

St Clair, M. C., Goodyer, I. M., Dunn, V., Herbert, J., Jones, P. B. and Croudace, T., 2012. Depressive symptoms during adolescence:Comparison between epidemiological and high risk sampling. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47 (8), pp. 1333-41.

St Clair, M. C., Pickles, A., Durkin, K. and Conti-Ramsden, G., 2011. A longitudinal study of behavioral, emotional and social difficulties in individuals with a history of specific language impairment (SLI). Journal of communication disorders, 44 (2), pp. 186-199.

St Clair, M. C., Monaghan, P. and Christiansen, M. H., 2010. Learning grammatical categories from distributional cues:Flexible frames for language acquisition. Cognition, 116 (3), pp. 341-360.

St Clair, M. C., Durkin, K., Conti-Ramsden, G. and Pickles, A., 2010. Growth of reading skills in children with a history of specific language impairment:The role of autistic symptomatology and language-related abilities. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28 (1), pp. 109-131.

St Clair, M. C., Monaghan, P. and Ramscar, M., 2009. Relationships between language structure and language learning:The suffixing preference and grammatical categorization. Cognitive Science, 33 (7), pp. 1317-29.

Conference or Workshop Items

St Clair, M., Forrest, C., Yew, S. G. K. and Gibson, J. L., 2017. Increased risk factors for emotional difficulties in children with Language Impairment: Evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. In: 2017 Biennial Meeting Soceity for Research in Child Development, 2017-04-06 - 2017-04-08, Austin, Texas.

St Clair, M. and Goodyer, I. M., 2015. Developmental age trends of general distress and specific components of mental well and ill health. In: BPS Developmental Section & Social Section Annual Conference 2015, 2015-09-09 - 2015-09-11, The Palace Hotel, Manchester UK.

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