Co-Principal Investigator

Dr Ros McLellan taught psychology and mathematics in the secondary schooling sector for a number of years before joining the Faculty of Education at the Unviersity of Cambridge. Her background is in psychology and she is a graduate member of the British Psychology Society. She has always been interested in student motivation and her Masters and Doctoral projects were in this area. In recent years, she has also worked on a number of projects focusing not only on achievement motivation but also on student wellbeing, mathematics anxiety, and creativity.

Dr McLellan enjoys working collaboratively with schools to develop and refine strategies that make a real difference to teaching and learning in the classroom and is interested in teacher learning. She coordinates the long-standing SUPER network which is a partnership between the Faculty of Education and local schools that conducts research together that mutually benefits all partners. This work has lead to collaboration with a network of schools in Kazakhstan where colleagues from the SUPER network helped to foster teachers\' professional learning. Other partnership work in Kazakhstan involved a capacity-building research project focusing on student wellbeing.

Dr McLellan is currently a British Educational Research Association Council member and Chairs the Publications Committee. She is also a co-convenor of the European Educational Research Association Network 8: Health Education.




Research Interest

Key Publications

ResearchGate Profile

Li, J., & McLellan, R. (2021). Is language learning a feminine domain? Examining the content and stereotype threat effect of female-language stereotypes among EFL learners in China. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 66

Clarke, T., & McLellan, R. (2021). Embracing Arts curricula as integral for children’s wellbeing. Pastoral Care and Education,

Brown Hajdukova, E., Winter, L., & McLellan, R. (2017). Young people’s conceptualization of their wellbeing: Culturally situated understandings in the context of Kazakhstan. Health, 9 (11), 1542-1566.