UCL Educational Psychology


Dr Jessica Dewey

DECPsy Programme Director & Area Senior Educational Psychologist, Surrey

BSc, PGCE, MSc, C Psychol, DEd Psy, HCPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No. PYL00440)

Room: 217

Email: jessica.dewey@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Jessica Dewey

Jessica became a tutor at UCL in 2004 on the masters in Educational Psychology. She was appointed as Deputy Director (Placements) on the DECPsy in 2015 and became Joint Programme Director in 2023 alongside Dr. Susan Birch. Jessica is part of the Division of Educational Psychology Training Committee (DECPTC) engaging in partnership and accreditation visits across professional training programmes.

Initially Jessica completed her Psychology degree at the University of Birmingham and then completed a three-year preparatory programme for masters training in Educational Psychology (MSc) at Southampton University. This involved a PGCE, two years teaching in Portsmouth and action research. Jessica then undertook her professional training on the MSc in Educational Psychology at UCL in 2000. After a year's professional practice Jessica then undertook her Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEd Psy) and completed this in 2006.

Jessica’s current research interests include: Metacognition and self-regulated learning (SRL), the teaching of thinking skills in education, and exploring the use of camouflaging in children and young people. Jessica has presented at national and international conferences on research into Activating Children’s Thinking Skills (ACTS). This research incorporated working in collaboration with Professor Carol McGuinness at Queen’s University, Belfast and parallels a sister project conducted in Northern Ireland. The work aims to ascertain the impact of ACTS at a student, staff and school level in the tuition of thinking skills.