Professor Sandra Dunsmuir
Professor of Educational and Child Psychology and Director, UCL Educational Psychology Group
BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, FBPsS, FHEA, C Psychol, HCPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No. PYL05321)
Sandra is Director of the Educational Psychology Group at UCL where she leads professional doctorate training in educational psychology. She is also programme Co-Director of the UCL postgraduate courses in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Children and Young People, based at the Anna Freud Centre. As well as being a qualified teacher who has worked in primary and special education, Sandra has extensive experience working as an educational psychologist in four different local authorities in the south-east of England. She continues to practice on a regular basis with children, their families and teachers in delivering CBT interventions in school and community settings.
Her academic research and publications focus on early literacy development and in particular, the factors at home and school that influence children's attainment and progress in writing. She has been involved in the development of materials to support writing assessment and intervention for children experiencing difficulties. Sandra is also interested in teaching and learning at all levels of the educational system and has led national projects to develop learning resources for professional training programmes in educational psychology. She has an enduring interest in child and adolescent mental health and interventions to promote psychological well-being, such as CBT.
Sandra was awarded the Provosts Teaching Award in 2009 in recognition of her achievements at UCL and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is currently a Faculty Graduate Tutor for Taught programmes within the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences. She is past Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) and is the current Chair of the South East, East and London (SEEL) Consortium of universities and regional local authority placement providers.