Andy Fugard


I'm a lecturer in the Educational Psychology Group, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London. I have a background in informatics and psychology, holding a PhD (University of Edinburgh, 2009) in how reasoning processes vary along the broader autism spectrum; an MSc (also from Edinburgh, 2005) in Neuroinformatics; and a BEng in Computer Science (Queen’s University Belfast, 2002).

Previously (2011–2013) I was a research fellow at the Evidence Based Practice Unit, between UCL and the Anna Freud Centre, and research lead at the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC). I helped develop the evaluation framework for the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme and worked in the CAMHS Payment by Results project data analytic team. Before coming to London, I was a postdoc at the University of Salzburg in Austria (2008–2011), first on the European Science Foundation LogICCC programme, where I investigated how people reason about uncertain conditionals, then on the Aniketos project, where I contributed to work on cognitive and social models of trust in a secure cloud computing domain.

Other infobooks I enjoyed (suggestions for others to read would be very welcome; I'm also playing with goodreads); music I'm listening to; a poem inspired by the later stages of the PhD (some advice on choosing a PhD programme and writing up a thesis); a blog; some lyrics; links to software I use; some places I like in London; a smile machine; how about a little game of bingo for when you're listening to politicians on the news?

Statistics fun

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A poem

Philip Larkin – Ignorance

Strange to know nothing, never to be sure
Of what is true or right or real,
But forced to qualify or so I feel,
Or Well, it does seem so:
Someone must know.

Strange to be ignorant of the way things work:
Their skill at finding what they need,
Their sense of shape, and punctual spread of seed,
And willingness to change;
Yes, it is strange,

Even to wear such knowledge – for our flesh
Surrounds us with its own decisions –
And yet spend all our life on imprecisions,
That when we start to die
Have no idea why.

Some quotations

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