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Ms Eva Sprecher
Tel: 07942387059
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  • Research Fellow (UKRI Project)
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at Jesus College Oxford before training as a secondary school science teacher with a specialism in Physics. During this time I became involved in the project that has become Lighthouse Pedagogical Trust and through this and my teaching experience became increasingly focused on trying to better understand what can be done to better support care-experienced young people. I completed my MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice at the Anna Freud Centre and UCL in 2018 and then begun my PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies at UCL's Psychoanalysis Unit in 2018. My PhD is supervised by Dr Michelle Sleed and Professor Nick Midgley. In 2022, I took up a post as a Research Fellow on the ReThink study under the Principle Investigator, Dr Rachel Hiller. I also co-host the podcast Who Cares About Research? and have worked on several participatory research projects with care-experienced collaborators. 
Research Summary
My research interests focus on understanding the experiences of care-experienced young people and how these impact upon their future wellbeing and mental health. In particular, my PhD research, supervised by Professor Nick Midgley and Dr Michelle Sleed, focuses on understanding the relationships between foster carers and the young people they care for and the mechanisms by which these may work. I now work as a Research Fellow on the ReThink Programme which is a national study across England and Wales working to understand the factors impacting upon the wellbeing of care-experienced young people, including adopted young people, over big life changes. In particular the study focuses on what factors impact on mental health and wellbeing over the transition from primary to secondary school and from adolescence to adulthood for these young people to identify areas for future intervention work. I am a committed mixed-methods researcher and recently have been interested in exploring the use of innovative qualitative research methodologies.
Teaching Summary
I originally qualified as a secondary school science teacher (PGCE / QTS) completing my NQT in 2016. I worked as a demonstrator for second year Psychology undergraduates for three years (2028-2021) at UCL. My other UCL teaching roles have included: seminar leader for first and second year Psychology and Language Sciences undergraduate students, demonstrator of statistics for those completing a Masters in psychology-related subjects and post-graduate teaching assistant on the MSc course in Entrepreneurship and BSc in Management Science at UCL's Management School. I have been published in Psychology Teaching Review on use of SOLO taxonomy in Higher Education settings.
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