Master of Arts, University of Cambridge
Master of Education, University of Manchester
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester
Qualified Teacher Status, QTS
I originally studied modern languages at university (French and Italian) and trained in TEFL. This led to two years working at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon teaching English to French undergraduate students. Following this, I trained as a teacher and worked in a range of secondary schools for over a decade. A growing interest in educational psychology and special educational needs resulted in my return to university to complete an MEd and a PhD in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester.
Since then I have worked in research and teaching, focusing on educational psychology, special educational needs, and inclusion. I have been involved in a number of research projects, including Achievement for All (DfE), an evaluation of resource provision schools, a systematic review of educational interventions for young people with autism, and a longitudinal study of psychosocial trajectories across the transition from primary to secondary school for students with ASC. In terms of teaching, I am responsible for the three core modules on the BSc(Hons) Psychology and Child Development programme, as well as contributing to other modules and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students (including at doctoral level).
I have a keen interest in all areas of educational psychology and have been involved in research that includes, special educational needs, autism, behaviour problems, child and adolescent mental health, counselling, inclusion, and educational interventions.
My specialism is in autism research, with a focus on optimising inclusion and educational provision for young people with autism. This has - and continues to - include a focus on social relationships, well-being, and the identification of girls with autism.
In addition, I have a keen interest in anti-bullying research and have worked with a number of schools to explore successful strategies for tacking bullying behaviour towards children with autism.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss any research in this area.
I am the module leader for the three core educational psychology modules in the BSc(Hons) Psychology and Child Development programme:
In addition, I contribute to the teaching of Ethics, Society, and Employability (L4), Developmental Psychology (L7) and Research Methods (L7).
I supervise students for the L6 Special Subject and the Major Research Project at undergraduate level, as well as having experience of supervising Masters
Member of the ethics committee in the School of Health and Social Sciences
Joint international admissions tutor for Psychology