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Dr Sarah O'Toole
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Sarah is a psychologist, whose prior research has focused on working with children, schools and families to better understand child development and promote positive outcomes for children and families.  She has worked with local schools to develop and evaluate initiatives to improve outcomes for children and families.

After completing her PhD in psychology, Sarah worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. She then went on to work as a Research Associate for the Centre for Children, Schools and Families at the University of Greenwich.  Currently, Sarah is a Research Associate at UCL working on a project identifying and evaluating road safety education programmes for parents of children under 11 years-old.

Research Summary

Sarah’s research background is in understanding children’s healthy development and intervention evaluation. Her research interests surround the interplay of different systems (e.g. schools, families) in promoting the positive development of children, particularly in relation to transitions to school, cognitive and social development, and road safety.  Sarah is particularly interested in working with children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Sarah is also interested in intervention evaluation. She has worked in partnership with schools to advise on evaluation design in relation to teacher stress and to develop and evaluate education programmes for children and families, for example in relation to cyberbullying. 

At present Sarah is a Research Associate at UCL working on a project to identify and evaluate road safety interventions for parents of children under 11 years-old. In particular the project will focus on identifying ways to engage parents from socially deprived backgrounds. Sarah is also the PI for a project on road safety education for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

18-SEP-2017 Research Associate Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2017 – 15-SEP-2017 Research Associate Research Centre for Children, Schools and Families University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2016 – 31-JAN-2017 Lecturer in Psychology Psychology, Social Work, and Counselling University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University of Greenwich
2013   Master of Science Anglia Ruskin University
2011   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Greenwich
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