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Prof Sandra Dunsmuir Prof Sandra Dunsmuir
Professor of Educational and Child Psychology; Director, UCL Educational Psychology Group; DECPsy Programme Director
(BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, FBPsS, FHEA, C Psychol, HCPC Reg.)
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Research and professional interests:  Early language and literacy development / child mental health and well-being / cognitive behaviour therapy with children and young people / teaching and assessment in higher and professional education / consultation in educational psychology practice

Dr Jessica Dewey

Dr Jessica Dewey
DECPsy Deputy Programme Director (Placements) & Senior Educational Psychologist, Harrow
(BSc, PGCE, MSc, C Psychol, DEd Psy, HCPC Reg.)
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Research and professional interests: Metacognition / Teaching of Children's Thinking Skills / Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) / Development of Children's friendships and relationships at school

Dr Susan Birch

Dr Susan Birch
DEdPsy Programme Co-Director, DECPsy Deputy Programme Director (Academic),
& Senior Educational Psychologist, Hampshire
(MA, PGCE, MSc, DEdPsy, C. Psychol, HCPC Reg.)
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Research and professional interests: Video Interaction Guidance / nurture groups / emotional health and well-being

Dr Phil Stringer

Dr Phil Stringer
DEdPsy Programme Co-Director & Area Senior Educational Psychologist, Hampshire
(BA, PGCE, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol, HCPC. Reg)
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Research and professional interests: dynamic assessment and mediated learning / the psychology of community / impact evaluation / ethical dilemmas / person centred approaches

Core Academic, Professional, Research and Practice Team

Dr Shama Ali Dr Shama Ali
DECPsy Academic & Professional Tutor, UCL, & Senior Educational Psychologist, Merton
(BSc, PGCE, MSc, DEd Psy, AFBPsS, C Psychol, HCPC Reg.)
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Research and professional interests:  Delivering National Autistic Society programmes to the schools and families of young people on the autistic spectrum / Social Stories / Parenting styles and practices of different ethnic groups / Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) / Transition to secondary schools for children and young people with special educational needs

Stephanie Barclay Stephanie Barclay
Practice Tutor, DECPsy & Educational Psychologist, Enfield
(BA, MA, PG Dip, HCPC Reg.)
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Research and professional interests: 

Dr Roger Booker

Dr Roger Booker
DEdPsy Academic & Professional Tutor, UCL & Independent Consultant/Executive Coach
(BSc, MSc, PhD, C Psychol, HCPC Reg.)
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Research and professional interests: Systems thinking / Leadership and change management / Epistemology / Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Dr Jessamine Chiappella

Dr Jessamine Chiappella
DECPsy Academic and Professional Tutor, UCL & Educational Psychologist, Oxfordshire
MA (Oxon), P.G.C.E., MSc., DEdPsy, C.Psychol, HCPC registered (Reg. No. PYL03523)
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Research and professional interests: Nurture Groups, ELSA, Bilingualism, Working Memory, Group Supervision, Video Interaction Guidance and Autism.

Dr Tony Cline

Dr Tony Cline
DEdPsy Academic & Professional Tutor, UCL
(BA, Dip Psych, PhD, FBPsS, C. Psychol)
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Research and Professional interests: Psychological Assessment / Special Educational Needs / Education of Bilingual Children / Child Language Brokering / Selective Mutism

Dr Ravi Das

Dr Ravi Das
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology Research Methods and Statistics
(BSc, MSc, PhD)
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Research and Professional interests: Memory reconsolidation / phenomenology and effects of illicit drug use / cognitive and mindfulness-based strategies in substance use disorders

Dr Sara Freitag

Dr Sara Freitag
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Senior Educational Psychologist, Acheiving for Children
(BSc, MSc, DEdPsy, HCPC. Reg)
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Research and professional interests: Promoting the educational attainment and social and community inclusion of looked after children, refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children / the application of attachment theory in schools / strength based approaches to supporting children, young people and families / resilience and therapeutic approaches / cognition and learning

Dr Emma Goldstone

Dr Emma Goldstone
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Educational Psychologist, Camden
BSc (Hons), DEd Psy, HCPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No: PYL23906)
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Research and professional interests: Parenting and early child development, the impact of culture, religion and spirituality on SEN and pupil voice.

Beverley Graham

Beverley Graham
Academic & Professional Tutor, UCL & Senior Educational Psychologist, Hackney
(Cert Ed, BSc, MSc, C Psychol, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests: emotional intelligence / reducing the rate of exclusion in educational settings / cognition and learning in traumatised children

Dr Ben Hayes

Dr Ben Hayes
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Senior Educational Psychologist, Kent
(BSc, DAppEdPsy, CPsychol, HCPC. Reg)
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Research and professional interests: Phoneme level literacy interventions / Video Interaction Guidance / School staff wellbeing and stress / Trauma and critical incidents in schools

Emily Hinson

Emily Hinson
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Senior Educational Psychologist, Bracknell Forest
(BA Hons, PGCE, Dip Psychol, MSc, HCPC. Reg)
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Research and professional interests:

Dr Timothy Jones

Dr Timothy Jones
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Senior Educational Psychologist, Southwark
(BA Hons, MA, DEd Psy, HCPC. Reg)
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Research and professional interests: Critical incident support / nurture groups / pupil voice / mental health interventions / gifted and talented/more able learners

Jane Lang

Jane Lang
Research Fellow, UCL
(BA, MA, PGCE)
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Professional and research interests: Education / EP supervision / objective structured professional assessments (OSPAs) in educational psychology training / qualitative research softwares and methodologies / video production in EP-related settings

Dr Izzy McDonald

Dr Izzy McDonald
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Educational Psychologist, London Borough of Lambeth
(BA (Hons), DEdPsy, HCPC registered, PYL33313)
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Research and professional interests: Dynamic assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), supervision and the SCERTS framework for supporting children with autism.

Dr Gavin Morgan

Dr Gavin Morgan
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy, Academic & Professional Tutor, DEdPsy & Area Senior Educational Psychologist, Northamptonshire
(BSc, PGCE, MEd, C Psychol, Ed.D, AFBPsS, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests: the application of solution-focused techniques in change-management / social and emotional development and supporting pupils and schools with social, emotional and mental health needs / social inclusion and pupil participation

Dr Sinead Neal

Dr Sinead Neal
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy, Practice Tutor, DECPsy & Educational Psychologist, Greenwich
(BSc Hons, DEd Psy, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests: important life transitions (e.g. primary to secondary school) / helping schools and professionals to increase their capacity to promote social, emotional and mental health outcomes / using strengths-based approaches to elicit children’s views and plan appropriate support

Prof Petrides

Prof K. V. Petrides
Professor of Psychology and Psychometrics & Assistant Director (Research) DECPsy
(BBA, MSc, Dip Psychol, PhD)
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Psychometric Lab page

Research and professional interests: Trait emotional intelligence / Psychometrics / Personality and individual differences

Dr Juliet Starbuck

Dr Juliet Starbuck
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Independent Chartered Educational Psychologist
(BSc, PGCE, PGdipPsy, MSc, DEd Psy, C Psychol, AfBPS, FRSA, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests: restorative justice / youth crime prevention / parenting

Dr Gurdip Theara

Dr Gurdip Theara
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Educational Psychologist, Bi-borough (Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster)
(BSc, DEd Psy, C Psychol, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests: Community psychology / culturally inclusive practise / consultation / Autism / Mindfulness

Dr Simon Ungar

Dr Simon Ungar
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Educational Psychologist, Wandsworth
(BA Hons, PhD, CCET, DEd Psy, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests: visual impairment and blindness / working memory / parenting and early child development / evidence-based practice and critical evaluations of educational psychology practice / community psychology

Dr Rebecca Williamson

Dr Rebecca Williamson
Academic & Professional Tutor, DECPsy & Acting Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist, Kingston and Richmond
(BSc, PGCE, DEC Psy, MBPsS, HCPC Reg)
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Research and professional interests:

Emeritus Staff

Prof. Norah Frederickson n.frederickson@ucl.ac.uk