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Dr Sveta Mayer
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer in Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a lecturer and researcher at UCL Institute of Education, Department of Learning and Leadership and member of the Bloomsbury Colleges Educational Neuroscience Centre Research Group.  My research and teaching are interdisciplinary within the field of educational neuroscience.  I use mixed methods and participatory approaches to my research and focus on social neuroscience informed design and evaluation of education interventions to support socio-emotional cognition, mental health, and academic learning in children with and without autism diagnosis.  I have experience of supporting education practitioners’ evidence-based practice through inquiry-based learning, from early years to KS5.  My current research projects are: UnLocke project funded by Education Endowment Fund/Wellcome Trust (www.unlocke.org), Youth MHFA (London) Evaluation funded by the Young Londoners Fund, Mayor of London (https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/news/thriveldn-youth-mhfa-schools/) and, Design and Effectiveness of a socio-emotional Learning tool for children with autism funded through UCL Seed Funding.  Qualifications: PhD Biological Sciences (King’s College London); MSc Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry); BSc Biological Sciences (Kings College London); Qualified Teacher Status - Science (Brunel University & St Mary's College - West London GTP Partnership).  

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My research focus is in drawing upon developmental social neuroscience and guided play pedagogy to design and evaluate technology-based interventions for social-emotional cognition, mental health (emotion-regulation) and academic progress in children with typical development and children with development symptoms associated with autism (in particular social communication and interaction). I utilise user-centric participatory mixed methods approaches, randomised control trial and, social network analysis and gather user data, educational, behavioural, and cognitive measures to ascertain optimal intervention design and efficacy.  I am also interested in combined intervention design and evaluation (educational, psychosocial, and pharmaceutical) facilitated by clinical and educational therapists and educational practitioners for high severity level autism.

Teaching Summary

University College London Institute of Education

2014-Present: MSc/MA Educational Neuroscience - Lecturer; Academic Facilitator; Dissertation Supervisor.

2014-present: Education MPhil/PhD Online – Programme Lead, Module Lead, Tutor.

2019-present: BA Education, How People Learn - Lecturer.

2014-2019: MA Early Childhood Education – Lecturer; Dissertation supervisor.

2010-2016: MA Leadership (Teach First) – Programme Lead, Lecturer; Dissertation Supervisor.

2007-2011: PGCert Leading Inquiry-based Professional Learning Communities – Programme Lead; Lecturer.

Lampton School, Hounslow, UK

2002-2006: Subject Lead for AS Psychology; Subject Co-lead for A2 Psychology; Teacher AS/A2 Psychology, Teacher KS3/4 Science, Networked Learning Community School-based Research Advocate.

King’s College London, University of London

1996-1997: MSc. Drug Dependence – Module Lead, Lecturer; Academic Facilitator; Dissertation Supervisor.

01-SEP-2009 Lecturer Department of Learning and Leadership University College London - Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2007 – 31-AUG-2009 Visiting Academic London Centre for Leadership in Learning Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
01-APR-2002 – 31-DEC-2006 Subject Lead KS5 Psychology, Teacher KS3-KS4 Science Science Department Lampton School, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1997 – 31-AUG-1999 Post doctoral Fellowship Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology University of Kentucky, United States
01-JAN-1996 – 31-JAN-1997 Lecturer Department of Pharmacology King's College London, University of London, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1994 – 31-OCT-1995 Research Associate Department of Pharmacology King's College London, University of London, United Kingdom
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