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Dr Diahann Gallard

Dr Diahann Gallard

Telephone: 0151 231 4629


I am a senior lecturer/researcher in the School of Education. My teaching and research at LJMU is focussed on psychology in education. I am involved in various research projects about innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to education and wellbeing in mainstream and secure settings and compassionate-focussed practices in education.

I am the Programme Leader for the EdD programme at LJMU. You can find out about the programme by visiting Please get in touch if you would like more information about the course.

I hold Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society and I am a committee member of the BPS Psychology of Education Section. I co-wrote 'Psychology and Education' (part of the Routledge Foundations of Education Studies series - ISBN 9781138783492) and co-edited 'Children and Their Education in Secure Accommodation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Education, Health and Youth Justice' - see:

I originally trained as a Primary/EY teacher and I actively seeks ways to stay connected to my practitioner roots through research and consultancy. I am particularly interested in young children’s learning assisted by animals, learning about animals and environmental education, the perspectives of early educators regarding animal-related learning and the values associated with the teaching of animal-related themes in early childhood. My PhD thesis was about animal-related and animal-assisted learning in early education settings in England. I have written a short piece for The Conversation - see: and I am currently writing a book for Routledge entitled 'Animals in Early Childhood Education: Research, philosophy, ethics and practices'.

I am a reviewer of proposals and manuscripts for various publishers for forthcoming texts and articles about psychology and education, educational anthrozoology and education doctorate programmes.

I am available as an External Examiner of PhDs/EdDs on the following topics; education in secure schools/accommodation, psychology in education, and anthrozoology in the education or interdisciplinary context.

I am the Secretary for the LJMU Centre for Educational Research (CERES) Management Group. To find about more about CERES, please visit: Enquiries:

Academic appointments

Secretary, Centre for Educational Research (CERES) Management Group, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
External Examiner for the MSc Psychology in Education (Conversion Programme), Department of Education, University of York, 2017 - present


Highlighted publications

Gallard D, Evans K, Millington J. 2018. Children and their education in secure accommodation: Interdisciplinary perspectives of education, health and youth justice :1-341 9781138694408 >DOI

Journal article

Putwain DW, Loderer K, Gallard D, Beaumont J. 2019. School-related subjective well-being promotes subsequent adaptability, achievement, and positive behavioural conduct British Journal of Educational Psychology, >DOI >Public Url

Gallard D. 2018. Response to 'Are the kids alright? Examining the intersection between education and mental health' The Psychology of Education Review, 42 :31-33

Putwain DW, Gallard D, Beaumont J. 2018. A multi-component wellbeing programme for upper secondary students: Effects on wellbeing, buoyancy, and adaptability School Psychology International, >DOI >Public Url

Gallard D, Taylor E. 2017. Supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing through the integration of companion animals into tutorial programmes at a teaching-led university Innovations in Practice, 11 :39-49 >Link >Public Url

Gallard D. 2013. Non human bonds Early Education, 70 :10-11

Gallard D. 2012. Re-engaging with animals in Primary schools. SCAS Journal (Society for Companion Animal Studies), XXIV


Gallard D, Evans K, Millington J. 2018. Children and their education in secure accommodation: Interdisciplinary perspectives of education, health and youth justice :1-341 9781138694408 >DOI

Gallard D, Cartmell K. 2015. Psychology and Education (Foundations of Education Studies) London: Routledge

Conference publication

Gallard D. 2018. Compassion-centred pedagogies and early childhood education practice European Early Childhood Education Research Association 28th Annual Conference

Gallard D. 2018. Children’s caring and compassionate voices emerging through animal-assisted and related learning European Early Childhood Education Research Association 28th Annual Conference

Gallard D. 2017. Re-emphasising teacher-learner collaboration and shared intentionality in promoting mental health and wellbeing in the school environment British Education Studies Association Annual Conference. Liverpool Hope University.

Gallard D. 2016. Investigating the integration of therapeutic animals into tutorial programmes at LJMU

Daly A, Gallard D, Webb E, Yearsley S, Scott S, Moss V. 2015. Reflecting on the SPARK journal: Exploring continuity, sustainability, and the possibilities for faculty-wide integrated approach Liverpool John Moores University Teaching and Learning Conference

Daly A, Gallard D, Webb E, Moss V, Scott S, Yearsley S. 2015. Reflecting on the SPARK journal: Exploring continuity, sustainability, and the possibilities for faculty-wide integrated approach LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference Book of Abstracts, Liverpool John Moores Teaching and Learning Conference

Gallard D, Daly A, Parry L, Mills L. 2014. Student engagement through academic writing: Process reflections of a community of enquiry The 10th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association

Forrester G, Gallard D, Daly A, Parry L, Mills L. 2014. Developing a journal publication for undergraduate writing: opportunities, challenges and reflections. LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Gallard D. 2014. Educational Anthrozoology in Early Childhood: An issue of ethics CfHAS conference

Gallard D. 2013. In search of authentic animal related learning Faculty Research Conference

Gallard D. 2013. Reviewing and reframing the status of animal experiences in Primary schools Teacher Education Advancement Network (4th Annual Conference)

Gallard D. 2012. Teacher attitudes to animals in primary education in England The International Society for Anthrozoology (21st Annual Conference)

Gallard D. 2011. Animal-child interaction opportunities in English Primary schools The International Society for Anthrozoology (20th Annual Conference)

Gallard D. Embedding mental healthiness training in Primary Initial Teacher Education 'Debates in child and family well-being' conference (Holistic Wellbeing EECERA SIG)


Gallard D. 2016. The animal-related educational practices and activities for children/young people who have entered the youth justice system in the UK International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ). Autonomous University of Barcelona

Gallard D, Daly A, Wood P, McLeod N. 2016. Transitions for people alongside process: the journey of SPARK to Open Journal

Gallard D. 2016. Creating a space for compassionate communication in higher education through animal-assisted tutorials. The British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference. Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham.


Gallard D. 2015. Anthrozoology in Early Childhood Education: A Multiphase Mixed Methods Study of Animal-Related Education (PhD Thesis).


Gallard D, Garden A. 2011. The Psychology of Education [CHAPTER] Dufour B, Curtis W. Studying Education: An introduction to the key disciplines in education studies. Berkshire: Open University Press 978-0335241057

Gallard D. 2009. The Psychology of Childhood [CHAPTER] Kassem D, Murphy L, Taylor E. Childhood and Youth Studies: Critical Issues London: Routledge 978-0415468893

Gallard D. 2008. How People Learn [CHAPTER] Kassem D, Mufti E, Murphy L. Education Studies: An Introduction to Key Issues Berkshire: Open University Press 978-0335223510

Engagement & Impact


Teaching and Learning Excellence Award (SPARK team), LJMU

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best Programme or Support Team for SPARK student journal editorial team (June 2014), Vice Chancellor’s Award (Liverpool John Moores University)

External committees:

Education sub-committee of, The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA), Advisor

Psychology of Education Section, British Psychological Society, Committee member

Local Governing Body, Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Governor,


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Media Coverage:, LJMU Corporate Communications - Teacher training around the campfire, LJMU Corporate Communications - LJMU awards first 'Animal Aware School' as part of national scheme, Invited speaker Headteacher Farzana Shah from Cloughside College (a secure setting for children) linking up with Liverpool John Moores University, Early Education Liverpool Branch launch

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), The British Psychological Society

Member, Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education)

Member, The British Education Studies Association (BESA)

Member, International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)

Other invited event:

'Common ground: Education for sustainable development and animal welfare', Houses of Parliament, Launch event by World Animal Protection

Westminster Education Forum: Next steps for early years - extending provison, building capacity and developing the workforce., Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET, Keynote seminar

Secure schools consultation, London, Forum advising the establishment of the new secure schools

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU, ‘No place like home’: Positionality and purpose in the development of a pedagogical space., Diahann Gallard, Angela Daly, Hirst, Nicky, Boyd, Diane, Liz Taylor, Grant value (£): 5490.04, Duration of research project: One year

LJMU, The placement of undergraduate non-QTS students within the classroom context with a focus on emotional needs and ‘voice’ rather than curriculum delivery, Diahann Gallard, Angie Garden, Diane Boyd, Grant value (£): 2000.00, Duration of research project: One year

LJMU Research Capacity Building Fund (Faculty of Education, Health and Community) - FREE/Emerging researcher, An investigation into the animal-related activities embedded as part of the education/rehabilitation of children/young people in secure settings, Grant value (£): 2762.55

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Bid (2014), Sociability and Society; A natural progression in the Pedagogical ‘space’., Diane Boyd, Diahann Gallard, Angie Daly, Grant value (£): £4000, Duration of research project: 4 months

Teaching qualification:

B.Ed (Hons) Primary Education