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Personal Statement

I was formerly Director of Postgraduate Professional Training in Educational Psychology at Strathclyde University and an Honorary Professor, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh from 2013-15. Currently, I supervise PhD students in the Schools of Psychological Sciences and Health and Eduation and am involved in research and editorial work. I am an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and a member of the Editorial Boards of Cogent Education and Frontiers in Special Educational Needs (Open Access). Before joining the University of Strathclyde, I worked as an Educational Psychologist in two local authority services for 12 years. I was awarded the 2011 prize for best research paper of the year by the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, and an award in 2016 from Mental Health and Physical Activity for most highly-cited research. 

Research Interests

My research interests include language impairment (both identification and intervention), the effects of computer games and exercise upon executive functions, bully-victim problems in schools and in the work-place, psychometrics, and the practice of educational psychology.

Expertise & Capabilities

I have directed large-scale externally-funded RCTs and have expertise in the analysis of cohort data, systematic review and meta-analysis and the evaluation of educational programmes. I have also co-authored and standardised published language tests and am a former member of the British Psychological Society's Committee for Test Standards.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include research methods, developmental psychology and the practice of educational psychology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, An evaluation of the formal and informal sources of support available to the families of young severely mentally-handicapped children, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1980

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1974


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