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Prof Sandra Dunsmuir
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  • Professor of Educational and Child Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Sandra completed a first degree in psychology and post-graduate teacher training in London, and continued to work in inner city primary schools and special provision as a teacher between 1981 and 1985. Sandra finished her educational psychology training at UCL in 1986.

She has worked as an educational psychologist in four different local authorities in the South East of England. Sandra has been involved with the training of educational psychologists at UCL since 1990, first as an Academic and Professional Tutor on the MSc programme, between 2005 and 2015 as Co-Director of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology and since 2015 as Director of the Educational Psychology Group. She is also Co-Director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Children and Young People programme (Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses are offered).

Sandra was awarded the Provosts Teaching Award in 2009 in recognition of her achievements at UCL and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is past Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) and is the current Chair of the South East, East and London (SEEL) Consortium of universities and regional local authority placement providers.

Research Summary

Sandra's academic research and publications focus on early literacy development and in particular, the factors at home and school that influence children's attainment and progress in writing. She has been involved in the development of materials to support writing assessment and intervention for children experiencing difficulties. Sandra is also interested in teaching and learning at all levels of the educational system and has led national projects to develop learning resources for professional training programmes in educational psychology. She has an enduring interest in child and adolescent mental health and interventions to promote psychological well-being, such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

Teaching Summary

A sample list of seminars and workshops taught on the UCL Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology professional training course is presented below. All utilise a range of teaching methods (lecture, learner activities, audio-visual materials) and are evaluated by students and colleagues.

Literacy: Assessment & Intervention;
Mainstream Schools, Special Needs & EP Practice;
Consultation: Action Planning;
Working with Parents (including Portage and Webster-Stratton Parent Training)
Memory: Assessment & Intervention
Psychometric test interpretation and use
Play-Based Assessment
Functional Assessment
Working with Children in the Early Years (including pre-school/play based assessment)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Young People
Precision Teaching

In 2009 Sandra received the Provosts’ Teaching Award, UCL

01-SEP-2015 Director, Educational Psychology Group Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy University College London
2000   Doctor of Philosophy Open University
1986   Master of Science University College London
1981   Postgraduate Certificate in Education Avery Hill College
1980   Bachelor of Science (Honours) City, University of London
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