Susana Castro-Kemp

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I am interested in all aspects of children’s development, education and health. I am particularly interested in functional approaches to disability, and on how interventions translate into positive participation outcomes, in children’s everyday lives. I am a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in child development and education, and experience of working with young children, their families and multi-disciplinary teams.

I joined Roehampton in 2013. Since then, I have been awarded a number of research grants from national and international funders, such as The British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Commission. I was principal investigator in a project on the implementation of Education Health and Care plans for children with disabilities in England, and UK representative on a European project aiming to develop an online tool to support the assessment of children with disabilities by multi-disciplinary teams. I am currently leading a project examining Ofsted reports of early childhood settings and the link between Ofsted ratings and children's developmental outcomes. I am also leading a project that aims to promote evidence-based practices of multi-agency work for supporting vulnerable children in South Africa (funded by the British Academy, Tackling Global Challenges 2020).

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Phd Psychology

MSc Psychology

Research interests

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Early Childhood Education and Intervention
  • Professional Development in Early Years
  • Educational and Developmental Assessment
  • Multi agency work in provision for children
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Childhood and Education
  • Positive Functioning in Childhood
  • Education and International Development/Global South

Research projects

2021-2023: Principal Investigator: ‘Optimising collaborations and reducing inequalities of Early Childhood Intervention in post-Covid-19 South Africa’ (£47,200, funded by The British Academy, Tackling Global Challenges 2020 scheme). This projects generates a set of evidence-based strategies for multi-agency work in early childhood intervention in South Africa, using digital animation as a channel of dissemination for interdisciplinary practice.

2020-2022, Principal Investigator: ‘Froebel meets Ofsted: What makes an outstanding nursery’. (£19,185, funded by the Froebel Trust). This project examines a nationally representative sample of reports from the school inspection body in England (Ofsted) and interviews nursery managers to identify factors predicting the rating of ‘outstanding’ given to high-quality nursery settings.

2017-2018: Principal Investigator, ‘Froebelian Pedagogy in the light of the Children and Families Act 2014’, Funded by Froebel Trust (£14,959). URL:

2015-2018: UK partner, ‘ICF-MED-USE’ (£35,000 of 385,000€), funded by the European Commission, Erasmus Plus. URL:

2015-2017: Principal investigator, ‘A quality evaluation study of the Education, Health and Care Plans’, Funded by the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust (ref.SG142214) (£9 989). URL:

2015: Co-Applicant with Dr Olympia Palikara, ‘The new Special Educational Needs Framework: Make it work!’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC], ESRC Festival of Social Sciences (£1,410). URL:

2015-2016: Co-Principal Investigator with Dr Olympia Palikara, ‘Norming of the Intelligence Test CFT-20’, funded by Hogrefe Publishing Corp. (£40,000)

2012-2014: Partner in 6 country-consortium and co-Investigator, “ICF-Train”, funded by the European Commission, Leonardo DaVinci scheme (24,000€ of 300,000€). URL:

2012: Co-investigator, ‘Learning in Natural Contexts: Embedded Instruction Program’, funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

2011: Co-Investigator, ‘Elaboration of Special Education Programs and Intervention Plans’, funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

2009: Co-investigator, ‘Contributos da CIF-CJ para o estudo da participacao em crianas com incapacidades em idades precoces [ICF-CY contributions to the study of participation of children with disabilities in early years], funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology [RIPD/CIF/109664/2009] (79,969€). URL:


Professional affiliations

  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (347007)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (United Kingdom) (#PR074208)
  • Chartered member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Society for Research on Child Development
  • Member of the European Society of Developmental Psychology
  • Member of the International Society for Early Intervention
  • Chartered member of the Ordem do Psicologos Portugueses (OPP) [National Association of Psychologists, Portugal]

Consultancy work

I am a trained instructor on the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF; WHO, 2001), having led more than 20 continuous professional development courses in this topic worldwide, and for a range of professionals (teachers, special education professionals, therapists, psychologists, paediatricians and researchers).

Together with colleagues from Roehampton university, I have also delivered a number of trainings on how to apply the ICF to the development of Education, Health and Care plans in England, such as for Childbase Partnership and Pre-school Learning Alliance.

I have given a number of talks, led workshops and short-courses for individual schools or groups of schools in England and abroad.


BA Education Studies, Roehampton University (2013-present)




External positions

Research Associate, Pretoria University

Jun 2020 → …


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