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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 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'

I am a reviewer of proposals and manuscripts for various publishers for forthcoming texts about psychology and education.

I originally trained as a primary/EY teacher and taught for six years. 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 the status of animal-related and animal-assisted learning in early education settings in England. I am currently writing a book for Routledge entitled 'Animals in Early Childhood Education: Research, philosophy, ethics and practices'. I am the Chair of the Early Childhood Educational Anthrozoology (ECEA) research group (email:


2015, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, PhD
2008, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, Masters in Education
2006, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology
1999, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, PG Cert Early Years Education
1996, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, BEd (Hons) Primary Education 3-7 (Major - Environmental Studies, Minor - SEN)

Academic appointments

External Examiner for the MSc Psychology in Education (Conversion Programme), Department of Education, University of York, 2017 - present


Conference publication

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. 2018. Compassion-centred pedagogies and early childhood education practice 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, 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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

Journal article

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

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

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

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


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


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


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)

Teaching and Learning Excellence Award (SPARK team), LJMU

External committees:

Local Governing Body, Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Governor,

Psychology of Education Section, British Psychological Society, Committee member

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


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

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

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)

Member, The British Education Studies Association (BESA)

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

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), The British Psychological Society

Other invited event:

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

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

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

Research Grants Awarded:

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

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, 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, ‘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

Teaching qualification:

B.Ed (Hons) Primary Education