Andy Fugard


I am a senior lecturer in social science research methods at Birkbeck, University of London, in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, and programme director of the MSc in Social Research. I teach quantitative research methods on the MSc and as part of the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership. My research focuses on evaluating therapies and support for people experiencing mental health difficulties. I am also interested in various ways of mixing quantitative and qualitative methods.

I am an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founding member and on the steering committee of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, an associate editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology, and member of the NHS Digital Methodology Review Group.


From 2013-2017 I was a lecturer at University College London where I taught research methods for educational and child psychology doctoral trainees. Before that, I was a research fellow (2011-2013) at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, researching UK children and young people's mental health care outcomes. I spent three years in Austria before moving to London where I was a postdoc at the University of Salzburg (2008–2011) investigating how people reason about "if"s and how software engineers think about trust.

I have a background in informatics and psychology, training at the Doctoral Training Centre in Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience and Psychology department, University of Edinburgh, where I took a PhD (2009) on individual differences in reasoning along the broader autism spectrum, and an MSc (2005) in Neuroinformatics. My first degree is in Computer Science (BEng, Queen’s University Belfast, 2002).

Other info

Books I enjoyed; 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); quotations and poems; a blog; some lyrics; links to software I use; 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?

A poem

Brief encounter

You and me, two close points
on the concourse, and the train
a magnetic third, drawing you

out of my arms. You move
off, dragging our three sides
through narrowing scalene

towards a single line. Waving,
diminishing, you slip into the train,
and your combined points pull away.

– Rachel Piercey

Song of the Day