Dr Roger Booker
DEdPsy Academic & Professional Tutor, UCL & Independent Consultant/Executive Coach
BSc, MSc, PhD, C Psychol, HCPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No. PYL02580)
After completing his PhD Roger taught in a Nottingham primary school before training as an EP at Manchester University. He then worked for the Inner London Education Authority until its dissolution in 1990, thereafter becoming Principle Psychologist for the London Borough of Greenwich. He then moved to become Head of Educational Psychology for Surrey and then Head of Psychology and Assessment in the new integrated children's service. In this role, in addition to leading Surrey's 50 educational psychologists, he led on the development of integrated practice and assessment models across education and social care, chaired the Surrey CAMHS Partnership (achieving Beacon Council Status for Surrey in 2003) and led the Surrey strategy to reduce reliance on Statements of Special Educational Need through increased direct funding of SEN resources to schools. He has written and presented extensively on professional service management and the implications for educational psychology of integrated services.
Roger left Surrey in July 2007 and joined the UCL team as research tutor. Prior to this he had been an external research adviser to the Doctorate Programme since 2001. He also works independently as a consultant and Executive Coach for which he has gained European Mentoring and Coaching Council accreditation at the Tavistock Consultation Service.
Roger was chair of the mental health pressure group YoungMinds from 2000-2006 and maintains a strong interest in child and adolescent mental health. He has long been associated with the Tavistock Clinic where, until 2011, he co-directed a management development programme for psychologists and children's service managers. He now runs a Leadership Programme at UCL for Principal and Senior EPs. Roger has a strong interest in systems thinking, leadership and change management, epistemology, and child and adolescent mental health.