Psychology and Human Development
Encompassing psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.
Head of Department: Professor Jane Hurry
The Department of Psychology and Human Development (PHD) brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.
We are the only university department within the discipline in the UK
devoted to work in developmental psychology, particularly as regards
its application to education and other real-world settings.
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AddressUCL Institute of Education, University College London
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Professor of Psychology of Education
IOE - Psychology & Human Development
UCL Institute of Education
1989-09-01My research areas
I am Head of the Department of Psychology and Human Development, a Reader in Psychology of Education and Co-director, Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System. I have two core areas of research interest: on the cognitive side, literacy development, both typical and atypical, and the relationship between motivation and literacy; on the mental health side, adolescent development, particularly focusing on internalising disorders/self-harm and externalising disorders/ offending. I have a particular interest in the intersection between behavioural disorders and education.I teach across several masters programmes in the department, including:
- Children (0-12 years)
- Adolescents (13-17)
- English - reading and writing
- Further and post-16 education - in the Criminal Justice System
I supervise doctoral students in my core areas of interest.Current research projects include: Long term evaluation of Reading Recovery; Education in prisons; Creative Writing in prisons.I am an Associate editor for the Journal of Research in Reading.
- MA/MSc in Child Development, MSc Developmental And Educational Psychology
- MA/MSc Psychology of Education, MA/MSc Special and Inclusive Education
- MA Early Years Education, Doctor in Educational Psychology.
- Ms Alyssa Alcorn
- Dr Jennifer Allen Lecturer in Education
- Prof Felicity Armstrong Fee (PHD)
- Dr Ed Baines Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education
- Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou Lecturer in Professional Educational Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Prof Peter Blatchford Professor of Psychology and Education
- Dr Melissa Bovis Research Assistant
- Miss Aislinn Bowler Research Assistant
- Dr Catherine Carroll
- Prof Richard Cowan Professor of Psychology of Education
- Mr Simon Dean Senior Teaching Fellow in Inclusive Education
- Dr Dagmara Dimitriou Reader in Developmental Science
- Prof Julie Dockrell Chair in Psychology and Special Needs
- Mrs Rosanne Esposito Lecturer in Special Educational Needs
- Prof Emily Farran Professor in Psychology and Human Development
- Dr Liory Fern-Pollak Teaching Fellow in Psychology
- Dr Roberto Filippi Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Special Educational Needs
- Prof Eirini Flouri Professor of Developmental Psychology
- Dr Richard Freeman Programme Leader for Researcher Development
- Ms Lisa Fridkin Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Amy Harrison
- Ms Elisabeth Herbert SpLD (Dyslexia) and AMBDA Tutor
- Ms Vivian Hill Educational Psychologist
- Prof Jane Hurry Professor of Psychology of Education
- Dr Maria Kambouri Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in Psychology and Education
- Miss Evi Katsapi Lecturer in Psychology and Special Education
- Dr Frances Knight Lecturer
- Dr Helen Lawson Research Associate
- Dr Dawn Male Senior Lecturer in the Education and Psychology of Children with SEN
- Dr Chloe Marshall Reader in Psychology and Human Development
- Prof Jackie Masterson Chair of Psychology of Reading
- Mrs Emily Midouhas Lecturer in Psychology
- Dr Sally Palmer Lecturer
- Dr Steven Papachristou Research Associate
- Prof Liz Pellicano Professor in Autism Education
- Dr Julie Radford Senior Lecturer in Education (Special Educational Needs)
- Dr Anna Remington Senior Lecturer
- Ms Yvonne Reynolds Lecturer in the Psychology of Education
- Dr Amelia Roberts Lecturer in Education (Joint Professional Development)
- Dr Emma Sumner Lecturer in Psychology and Special Educational Needs
- Dr Teresa Tavassoli Research Associate
- Prof Andrew Tolmie Chair of Psychology and Human Development
- Dr Diana Tsokova Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Special Needs in Primary Education
- Dr Karl Wall Lecturer in Psychology and Habilitation Studies (Visually Impairment)
- Mr Rob Webster
- Mr Daniel Yon Senior Teaching Fellow
- Study with us
Our department runs a range of courses, including the MSc in Child Development, MSc Psychology of Education and Doctorate in Professional Educational Child and Adolescent Psychology which are British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited.
In addition the Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training (SENJIT) is responsible for a wide range of outreach courses, many at Masters level, providing professional development for those involved in teaching and related work in special needs.
Our team has leading experts in psychology with particular reference to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.
Our BPS accredited BA/BSc Psychology with Education course is a new undergraduate programme that offers students the opportunity to study at a world-leading centre for education studies and related social sciences.
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Education and psychological development
Our department provides high quality consultancy in a wide range of areas related to education and psychological development in London and surroundings, nationally and internationally in over 25 countries.
Major partners for whom the Institute provides consultancy services include schools, social services departments, hospital departments, local authorities, universities, government agencies and NGOs, Ministries of Education, professional bodies and learned societies.
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- School organisational contexts for learning
- Language, literacy and numeracy
- Teaching processes and pedagogy
- Learning processes
- Social and emotional competence
- Special educational needs.
Our research identity is in psychology (particularly in relation to education) and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Educational neuroscience is being developed within our psychology interests.
We publish and research in the following key areas:
- Psychology and typical development, focussing on classroom practices and their relationship with learning (science, maths, literacy, class size, deployment of TAs, motivation)
- Educational neuroscience
- SEN areas of autism, emotional disorders, hearing impairment, disorders of perception, language difficulties, learning difficulties, literacy difficulties, numeracy difficulties, visual impairment and youth offending.
Doctoral students make a valued contribution in these areas.
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