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Prof Norah Frederickson
  • Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Following her first degree in Psychology at Sussex University and her PGCE at Redland College, Bristol, Norah taught in middle schools in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire before completing her professional training in educational psychology at UCL in 1981. Norah then worked as an educational psychologist in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. She joined the team at UCL in 1986, initially as a professional tutor. Since 1994 she has been Director of the Educational Psychology Group. In 2004 she was awarded a personal chair in educational psychology. She was a member of the UCL-led consortium that conducted the national evaluation for the Department for Education of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools programme (2008-11) and is a governor of the UCL Academy.
Research Themes
Research Summary

Norah's current research interests include: social competence in children, factors influencing inclusion and belonging in school, in particular for children with special needs and disabilities, and problem based learning in professional education. Publications and conference presentations include the following areas: the practice of educational psychology, continuing professional development for educational psychologists, effective in-service training, stress in schools, evaluating inclusive practice and educational innovations, developing children's social skills, psychological assessment, web-supported teaching for Educational Psychologists in Training, applications of systems theory in education.

Teaching Summary

 In 2000, Norah received a UCL Faculty of Life Sciences award for Teaching. Norah co-directs and teaches primarily on the 3-year professional training Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology, as well as the 4 year part-time CPD Doctorate in Educational Psychology and the 3rd Year psychology undergraduate course in Psychology and Education. She has co-authored leading text books on special needs for educational service professionals and students, and on educational psychology for psychology undergraduates. She is also an undergraduate and PhD supervisor within the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology.

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