Prof Neil Humphrey

Professor of Psychology of Education

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Research interests

Main areas of interest
  1. Social and emotional learning
  2. Mental health
  3. Special educational needs (particularly autism spectrum conditions)

Current and recent research projects

  • Education for Wellbeing - AWARE and INSPIRE trials (led by Anna Freud Centre) (2017-2020)
  • HeadStart national evaluation project (led by Anna Freud Centre) (2016-2023)
  • Mercer Schools wellbeing project (led by Anna Freud Centre) (2016-2019)
  • Good Behaviour Game - effects on mental health, economic evaluation, and maintenance of effects (2017-2020)
  • Achievement for All effectiveness trial (2016-2020)
  • SPECTRUM review (led by Dr. Michael Wigelsworth) (2016-2017)
  • PACT-G autism trial (led by Prof. Jonathan Green) (2016-2018)
  • Implementation and process evaluation for school-based interventions (2015-2016)
  • Good Behaviour Game randomised controlled trial (2014-2017)
  • Inter-cultural knowledge exchange: social-emotional learning in England and Japan (2014) 
  • Cluster RCT of the Inclusive programme (led by Drs. Michael Wigelsworth and Ann Lendrum) (2014-2018)
  • Cluster RCT of the PATHS curriculum (2012-2017)

Current research students (with indicative topics)

  • Rosie Mansfield - Adolescent mental health literacy
  • Kim Petersen - Latent classes of mental health and wellbeing in children
  • Louise Black - Complete mental health in childhood and adolescence
  • Ola Demkowicz - Cumulative risk, perceived stress and girls' emotional symptoms in early adolescence
  • Emma Ashworth - Cumulative contextual risk and school functioning in academic and behavioural domains
  • Kirsty Frearson - Poverty as a moderator of the implementation and impact of the Good Behaviour Game

Past research students (with indicative topics)

  • Kirsty Pert - Enhancing resilience among disadvantaged children with the PATHS curriculum
  • Elena Anastasiou (2nd supervisor) - Teachers' use of ICT to support pupils with dyslexia in England and Cyprus
  • Carl Emery - Critical discourse analysis of wellbeing agenda in education
  • Wendy Symes - Social inclusion of students with ASD
  • Alex Turner (2nd supervisor) - Health economics and emotional wellbeing in childhood
  • Craig Joyce - Teacher characteristics and implementation variability in the PATHS curriculum
  • Linda Callaghan - Living with autism: Siblings' experiences
  • Jill Richford (2nd supervisor) - Risk, resilience, and multi-agency collaboration
  • Jeremy Oldfield - Risk and protective factors for conduct problems in students with SEND
  • Will Bulman - Positive relationships and academic achievement among students with autism and BESD
  • Judith Hebron - Bullying in students with autism
  • Sarah Davis - Emotional intelligence and mental health
  • Ann Lendrum - Implementation of secondary SEAL
  • Michael Wigelsworth - Impact of secondary SEAL
  • Irene Kapetanaki - Text anxiety in secondary school students


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display