I am a senior lecturer within the Manchester Institute of Education. I arrived at the University in 2007 where I completed an M.Ed in Psychology of Education and subsequent PhD Education in 2010. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015.
I am currently the programme director for the BSc Educational Psychology. I also currently hold an external appointment as a topic expert in Social & Emotional wellbeing for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
My work explores the feasibility and impact of early intervention and prevention approaches in child mental health, with a particular focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the context of primary education and schooling. Of particular interest is the design and implementation of programmatic curricula, including;
- Evaluation of school-based interventions designed to address child mental health and wellbeing.
- The identification and assessment of core components of intervention, both in respect to psychological or 'practice' elements and to the associated pedagogical approaches.
- Factors affecting the success of interventions including individual differences, school based factors and the wider ecology (e.g. cultural transferability).
I have led a number of projects, including:
Programmes to Practices: Identifying effective, evidence-based social and emotional learning strategies for teachers and schools
SPECTRUM Review: The Development of Guidance and database of over 300 social, personal, emotional and character-based measures
The FRIENDS Programme: The world's largest evaluation of an intervention designed to address and prevention anxiety and depression.
Professional advisory, consultancy and other work
I have provided consultancy and guidance for a number of organisations including:
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence
- Department of Education
- Cross-parliamentary briefings (POST)
- Early Intervention Foundation
- Manchester City Council