Dr Alexandra Hennessey

Lecturer in Psychology of Education

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Research interests

My main research area is developmental and educational psychology, and in particular the development of social, emotional and cognitive skills, such as theory of mind, emotional intelligence, loneliness and executive functioning, and how they impact on education and academic achievement.

Other research

A UK evaluation of the Well Schools whole-school approach for supporting teacher and pupil wellbeing. Youth Sport Trust 2021-2023.

Evidence on the relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and the attainment gap in the English education system. EEF 2021-2022.

Recruit and facilitate focus groups to inform the development of NICE guidance on social, emotional and mental wellbeing in primary and secondary education. NICE 2020-2021.

A randomised controlled trial of the Nextdoor Kind Challenge: Evaluation of Nextdoor Campaign. Funded by Nexdoor. 2020-2021.

Universal school-based prevention: examining the impact of the Good Behaviour Game (GBG) on educational and health-related outcomes for children. Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 2014-2019.

Evaluating the efficacy of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum in promoting social and emotional wellbeing among children in primary school: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) 2012 to 2017.

A scoping review of the access to secondary school counselling. Funded by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 2012-2013.

Evaluation of Achievement for All: Improving outcomes for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Funded by the DfE. 2009-2012.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display