Research areas

  • L Education (General)


I am an educational psychologist interested in the educational and psychosocial competence of children and adolescents. I am also interested in the effect of primary to secondary school transition on pupils' well-being. My current research examines functional approaches concerning the identification of Special Educational Needs. I am the Departmental Ethics Representative for the School of Education.


MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA, FRSA, HPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No. PYL30125)

Research interests

  • The effect of transition from primary to secondary school on pupils' educational and psychosocial outcomes
  • Educational Psychology
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Speech, Language and Communications Needs
  • Developmental Language Disorder

Research projects

  • Baily Thomas funded project (2018-2019): co-investigator with Dr Jo Van Herwegen. Transition from primary to secondary school for children with neurodevelopmental disorders: a cross-syndrome comparison of cognitive, behavioural, and mental health outcomes
  • Williams Syndrome Foundation funded project (2016-2017):co-investigator with Dr Jo Van Herwegen. Raising awareness and meeting the needs of children and young people with Williams Syndrome under the new SEND Code of Practice in the UK
  • European Commission Erasmus+ funded project (2015-2018): ICF MedUse - member of the UK team with Dr Susana Castro.
  • Principal applicant ESRC Festival of Social Science (2015): Special educational needs framework: make it work!-with Dr Susana Castro
  • British Academy funded (2015-2017): co-investigator with Dr Susana Castro. A quality evaluation study of the Education and Health Care Plans.
  • The relationship between family socio-economic disadvantage and children's well-being in the Millenium Cohort Study: funded by the Centre for Education Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP), University of Roehampton
  • Prospective Longitudinal Study of the Better Communication Research Project: funded by the Department for Education Project directors Geoff Lindsay ( Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research) Julie Dockrell (Institute of Education), Tony Charman (Institute of Child Health, Kings College London);
  • Raising the achievements of children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs and other special educational needs through school to work and college: funded by the Department of Education and Skills. Project directors Julie Dockrell (Institute of Education), Geoff Lindsay (Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research);

Professional affiliations

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

HPC Registered Psychologist (Reg. No. PYl30125)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Member of the International School Psychology Association


  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs


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