Dr Kathy Weston



This podcast series helps parents get a grip on some of the most important questions in parenting today. Tune in to hear interviews with the biggest influencers and most eminent researchers working in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, psychology and education.


  • Episode 135 - Dr Christie Talks With Professor Courtenay Norbury: Understanding Developmental Language Disorder

    23/05/2023 Duration: 54min

    In this interview, Professor Courtenay Norbury talks with us about developmental language disorder (DLD), which she describes as a 'chronically understudied' topic. Find out about early signs and what impact it might have on children and young people's development. Professor Norbury provides numerous practical strategies for both parents to use at home and teachers to try in the classroom to help children with DLD have as good outcomes as possible.

  • Episode 134 - Dr Christie Talks with Dr Erika Galea: Cultivating Children's Emotional Regulation Skills

    22/05/2023 Duration: 50min

    Did you know that the ability to regulate our emotions well is connected to better mental health and wellbeing, academic achievement and stronger and more long lasting personal relationships? In this interview, Dr Erika Galea talks us through the most effective strategies for building the vital skill of emotional regulation which can be used in both the classroom and at home with children and young people of all ages.

  • Episode 133 - Dr Christie Talks with Dr Marina Bazhydai: Probing the Space of the Possible - Children's Curiosity, Wonder and Creativity

    21/05/2023 Duration: 50min

    In this interview, we talk with Dr Marina Bazhydai, Director of the Active Learning Lab (ALL) at Lancaster University, about nurturing children's sense of curiosity, wonder and creativity. We learn about her innovative and fascinating work which investigates active exploration and curiosity in very young children, find out more about the links between creativity and emotional literacy and discover how she is seeking to pinpoint the elusive concept of wonder. This is a great listen if you are keen to learn how to cultivate curiosity and innovative thinking in your child (or the children in your care).

  • Episode 132 - Dr Christie Talks with Dr Emma Ross from The Well HQ: Talking More Openly About Female Bodies, Women's Health and Helping Girls Thrive in Sport and Movement

    26/04/2023 Duration: 01h19min

    Dr Emma Ross, former Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport and founder of The Well HQ, talks to us about her new book and all things related to women, girls and sport. We learn about the need to change the language often used to talk to girls about their bodies and give them the confidence to advocate for themselves, how to fuel girls' bodies adequately to provide them with the energy they need, the importance of well-fitting, comfortable sports bras and kit, the importance of menstrual cycle tracking and how to keep girls up girls' interest and enjoyment in sport. This wide ranging, practical interview is a must listen for anyone who supports women and girls and anyone who wants to know more about women's health, fitness and movement.

  • Episode 131 - Dr Christie Talks with Maggie Johnson: Understanding Selective Mutism (Part Two)

    20/04/2023 Duration: 44min

    Maggie Johnson is a speech and language therapist specialising in childhood communication disorders and selective mutism, and the associated impact on families, schools and young people. She talks to us about her fantastic new book, 'The Selective Mutism Workbook for Parents and Professionals', which includes numerous activities and strategies organised around the daily routines of school and family life. This interview is longer than most and is packed with information and tips, so for ease of listening, we've broken it into two parts. This is part two. Enjoy!

  • Episode 131 - Dr Christie Talks with Maggie Johnson: Understanding Selective Mutism (Part One)

    20/04/2023 Duration: 46min

    Maggie Johnson is a speech and language therapist specialising in childhood communication disorders and selective mutism, and the associated impact on families, schools and young people. She talks to us about her fantastic new book, 'The Selective Mutism Workbook for Parents and Professionals', which includes numerous activities and strategies organised around the daily routines of school and family life. This interview is longer than most and is packed with information and tips, so for ease of listening, we've broken it into two parts. This is part one. Enjoy!

  • Researcher of the Month: Tanya Manchanda Discusses the Role of Friendship Interventions on the Mental Health Outcomes of Adolescents

    17/04/2023 Duration: 37min

    Our Researcher of the Month, Tanya Manchanda, has recently published a review which assesses existing friendship interventions and their impacts on the mental health outcomes of adolescents aged 12–24 years. In this interview, Tanya considers what we know about these interventions, for both the teen who is trained and their friends and reveals that surprisingly few interventions which utilise authentic social groups have been studied, despite their potential for strong results. She talks us through some of the interventions that do exist and outlines key things that schools might like to consider when developing and implementing friendship interventions designed to improve teens' mental health.

  • Episode 129 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Danielle Paddock: 'Feel Cute, Might Delete Later' - Teens and Appearance-based Interactions on Social Media

    21/03/2023 Duration: 33min

    In this interview, we talk to cyberpsychologist Dr Danielle Paddock about her fascinating examination of how teens converse with each other about appearance on social media. We know that appearance-related concerns are very high among teens in the UK. We also know that visual social media platform design encourages both image creation/sharing and interactions about these images. Dr Paddock chats about key themes that have emerged in her work, fruitful ways to talk to teens about this issue, and the positive impact of a brief school-based intervention about appearance-based interactions on young people's body image.

  • Episode 128 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Jessie Ricketts: Love to Read - Reading Development and Motivation

    18/03/2023 Duration: 51min

    In this interview, Professor Jessie Ricketts talks to us about her research into reading and language development in both teens and younger children. We explore early reading development, how reading ability continues to evolve into adolescence and discuss evidence-based ways to boost young people's motivation to read. Professor Ricketts also provides information on useful tools that can be used in the classroom.

  • Researcher of the Month: Professor Shana Carpenter Discusses the Science of Effective Learning

    16/03/2023 Duration: 48min

    Our Researcher of the Month, Professor Shana Carpenter, talks to English teacher and examiner, Patrick Cragg about the science behind two effective learning strategies: spacing and retrieval. She outlines how and why these simple practices can benefit learning and explores why so few students actually use them. Listen for top tips on how to integrate these strategies into the classroom or at home.

  • Episode 126 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Suzanne Graham: Foreign Language Teaching and Cultivating Motivation in Language Learning

    10/03/2023 Duration: 32min

    In this interview, Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the University of Reading, chats to us about the potential benefits of learning foreign languages. She discusses the links between language learning and creativity, talks us through her research into learning foreign languages in both primary and secondary settings and considers how we can motivate young people to engage with and enjoy the challenge. Professor Graham provides information about several fantastic resources for teachers, including free lesson plans and assessment tools.  

  • Episode 125 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Verity Jones: Climate Change Education and Fast Fashion

    02/03/2023 Duration: 40min

    Have you ever considered the impact of the climate crisis on young people or really asked how they feel about the constant barrage of bad news that faces them? In this interview, Dr Weston chats with Dr Verity Jones about sustainable futures and education. They talk through optimal ways to discuss climate change with children and young people and outline the things that young people would find helpful. They also discuss the global impact of fast fashion and how our intimate relationship with clothes can be a great way to open up conversations about sustainability. Dr Jones references a vast number of fantastic resources which teaching staff and parents will find useful.

  • Episode 124 - Dr Weston Talks with Dr Amy Harrison: Supporting a Friend with an Eating Disorder

    11/02/2023 Duration: 39min

    In this interview, clinical psychologist and eating disorder expert, Dr Amy Harrison, talks to us about optimal ways to support a friend who has an eating disorder. She discusses her innovative research into the impact of eating disorders on social functioning and gives us some actionable tips that might be helpful in maintaining and strengthening friendships. She also guides us through some topics of conversation to avoid or reframe.

  • Researcher of the Month: Is Heavy Gaming Detrimental to Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing? Dr Simona Skripkauskaite Fills Us In

    09/02/2023 Duration: 28min

    Should we worry if our teens spend hours a day gaming? New research shows that for the majority of teens, heavy gaming is not detrimental to their wellbeing and might even have a positive relationship with it. However, it also shows that there are a small number of teens for whom heavy gaming is associated with poor wellbeing. Dr Simona Skripkauskaite, our Researcher of the Month for February 2023, chats to us about her new study and what these findings mean for parents.

  • Episode 122 - Dr Kathy Weston Talks with Dr Leor Zmigrod: Ideological Thinking and Radicalisation in Teens

    02/02/2023 Duration: 34min

    In this episode, Dr Weston talks with Dr Leor Zmigrod about the psychology of ideological extremism. It's a fascinating discussion which outlines cognitive characteristics that might act as vulnerability factors for radicalisation and ideologically-motivated behaviour in young people, before addressing what strategies  might help to protect young people from this kind of rigid, and potentially dangerous, thinking.

  • Researcher of the Month: Dr Cele Richardson Discusses the Impact of Parental Warmth on Teens' Sleep

    14/01/2023 Duration: 28min

    Researcher of the month, Dr Cele Richardson, discusses her 2022 study, which shows that when parents have a warmer relationship with their teens, teens tend to have better sleep hygiene practices, sleep for longer at night and feel less sleepy during the day. Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many teenagers. As parents, we are ideally placed to help them form good and healthy habits. Learn more about the impact we can have in this fascinating interview.

  • Episode 120 - Emotional Literacy at Christmas

    14/12/2022 Duration: 22min

    Dr Weston delivers a Christmas message focusing on emotional literacy, oracy and zones of regulation.  Music by SoundGalleryByDmitryTaras from Pixabay.

  • Researcher of the Month: Dr Susie Bower-Brown Discusses the School Experiences of Gender Diverse Teens

    14/12/2022 Duration: 24min

    In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Susie Bower-Brown about the experiences of binary-trans, non-binary and gender questioning young people in UK schools. Her research uncovers various ways in which teens who identify in this way often feel invisible or discriminated against. Listen for her thoughts on how schools can best support these young people and improve their mental health outcomes.

  • Episode 118 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor James O'Higgins Norman: Tackling Bullying

    21/11/2022 Duration: 37min

    In this interview, Dr Weston talks to Professor James O'Higgins Norman about bullying. Professor O'Higgins Norman is the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace at Dublin City University, where he is Director of the fantastic National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre. We chat about what bullying looks like in 2022, how schools can best tackle it and the importance of reducing bystander behaviours. Professor O'Higgins Norman also lets us know about some innovative games and websites that can be used by parents, teachers and young people. A must listen for both parents and anyone who works in a school.

  • Episode 117 - Dr Weston Talks with Professor Marc Brackett about Emotional Intelligence: Permission to Feel

    15/11/2022 Duration: 44min

    Professor Brackett outlines how, far from being a weakness, emotions - and our ability to feel, understand, and use them - are vital to achieving success. He describes his effective, evidence-based approach to emotional intelligence, known as RULER, which is used in thousands of schools worldwide.

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