About Us

Our research is directed and led by Cara Swit. Cara has extensive experience working with young children, their families, and educators. She obtained her PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and joined the School of Health Sciences in 2016.

Broadly speaking, Cara’s research interest lies in understanding why young children engage in aggression. More specifically, she is interested in:

  • the influence of educators, parents/caregivers, and siblings on children’s use of social and non-social behaviours
  • the role of cognitive processes (e.g. normative beliefs, schemas, behavioural response, theory of mind) in explaining or justifying young children’s aggression
  • bullying in early childhood and the development of interventions that facilitate healthy social relationships in young children

Room 120, Waimairi Building
Phone: +64 33 694 408
Email: cara.swit@canterbury.ac.nz