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Prof Leslie Gutman
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Professor of Developmental and Health Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Leslie Morrison Gutman received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.   She was formerly Research Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning at the UCL Institute of Education.  In 2016, she was seconded to the Early Intervention Foundation as the Interim Director of Evidence.  Currently, she is Professor of Applied Developmental and Health Psychology in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and Programme Director of the MSc in Behaviour Change.  She is also an Associate of the Early Intervention Foundation and Associate Editor of the Journal of Adolescence.  

Research Summary

Leslie Morrison Gutman's research focuses on mental health and wellbeing, risk and resilience, and aspirations and attainment, with particular interest in minority ethnic children and adolescents.  She is also interested in school-based interventions focused socio-emotional learning and attainment.  She is PI of a collaborative project with UCL Access and Widening Participation Office and UCL Institute of Education to design and evaluate a school-based intervention aimed to support academic outcomes at Key Stage 2 and during the transition to Key Stage 3 for disadvantaged students, https://www.ucl.ac.uk/widening-participation/teachers-and-education-professionals/teacher-research-projects/ucl-ks2-connect

She was also PI of an ESRC-funded grant examining trajectories of conduct problems, as well as led evaluations of a number of school-based interventions.  She is first author of a SRCD Monograph, 'Moving through adolescence:  Trajectories of African American and European American youth'.

Teaching Summary

Leslie Morrison Gutman is Programme Director of the MSc Behaviour Change.  She is also a module leader of Behaviour Change: Health and Wellbeing and the Research-Based Dissertation in the MSc Behaviour Change.

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