Sandra completed a first degree in psychology and post-graduate teacher training in London, and continued to work in inner city primary schools and special provision as a teacher between 1981 and 1985. Sandra finished her educational psychology training at UCL in 1986.
Since then she has worked as an educational psychologist in Kent, Croydon, West Berkshire and Reading. Sandra has been involved with the training of educational psychologists at UCL since 1990, first as an Academic and Professional Tutor on the MSc programme and since 2006 as Co-Director of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology. She is also Co-Director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Children and Young People programme (Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses are offered)
Her research interests include early literacy development, and in particular the factors at home and school that influence children's attainment and progress in writing. She has been involved in the development of materials to support writing assessment and intervention for children experiencing difficulties. She is also interested in the use of functional assessment to plan and evaluate interventions for pupils experiencing difficulties with learning. Publications and conference presentations include: home-school relationships and communication, parent-teacher trust, the use of information and communications technology to support children's literacy development, cross-professional collaborative working and use of outcomes-based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with children and young people. She has been involved in the development of learning resources for professional training programmes in educational psychology and has led the development of an e-learning CD on autistic spectrum disorders and a web-based course to support the development of competencies in psychological testing.
Sandra is past Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) and the National Forum for Educational Psychology.
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