UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Dr Sarah O'Toole

Research Associate

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
18th Sep 2017

Research summary

Sarah’s research background is in understanding children’s healthy development and intervention evaluation. Her research interests surround the interplay of different systems (e.g. schools, families) in promoting the positive development of children, particularly in relation to transitions to school, cognitive and social development, and road safety.  Sarah is particularly interested in working with children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Sarah is also interested in intervention evaluation. She has worked in partnership with schools to advise on evaluation design in relation to teacher stress and to develop and evaluate education programmes for children and families, for example in relation to cyberbullying. 

At present Sarah is a Research Associate at UCL working on a project to identify and evaluate road safety interventions for parents of children under 11 years-old. In particular the project will focus on identifying ways to engage parents from socially deprived backgrounds. Sarah is also the PI for a project on road safety education for children with special educational needs and disabilities.


University of Greenwich
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2016
Anglia Ruskin University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2013
University of Greenwich
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 2011


Sarah is a psychologist, whose prior research has focused on working with children, schools and families to better understand child development and promote positive outcomes for children and families.  She has worked with local schools to develop and evaluate initiatives to improve outcomes for children and families.

After completing her PhD in psychology, Sarah worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. She then went on to work as a Research Associate for the Centre for Children, Schools and Families at the University of Greenwich.  Currently, Sarah is a Research Associate at UCL working on a project identifying and evaluating road safety education programmes for parents of children under 11 years-old.