Following her first degree in Psychology at Sussex University and her PGCE at Redland College, Bristol, Norah taught in middle schools in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire before completing her professional training in educational psychology at UCL in 1981. Norah then worked as an educational psychologist in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. She joined the team at UCL in 1986, initially as a professional tutor. Since 1994 she has been Director of the Educational Psychology Group. In 2000, Norah received the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences award for Teaching, and in 2004 was awarded a personal chair in educational psychology. She was a member of the UCL-led consortium that conducted the national evaluation for the Department for Education of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools programme (2008-11) and is a governor of the UCL Academy.
Her current research interests include: social competence in children, factors influencing inclusion and belonging in school, in particular for children with special needs and disabilities, and problem based learning in professional education. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, has co-authored leading text books on special needs for educational service professionals and students, and on educational psychology for psychology undergraduates, and has co-edited two major collections of best selling assessment resources, one for mental health/psychological wellbeing and one for special educational needs.
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