Andy Fugard


I'm a social scientist and lecturer in the UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. I teach research methods and statistics on the Educational Psychology doctoral programme. My research focuses on evaluating the outcomes of psychosocial interventions, for example: Do they help? What factors moderate effectiveness? What are the best predictors of the kinds of intervention and support that people need? I am particularly interested in developing practice-based evidence from "interventions as usual" in NHS and school counselling settings.


From 2011–2013 I worked on national mental health service evaluations as a research fellow at the Anna Freud Centre/UCL Evidence Based Practice Unit and research lead at the Child Outcomes Research Consortium. Before coming to London, I was a postdoc at the University of Salzburg (2008–2011) where I investigated how people reason about probabilistic "if"s (LogICCC programme) and trust (Aniketos).

I have a background in informatics and psychology, training at the Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience DTC and Psychology department, University of Edinburgh, where I took a PhD (2009) on individual differences in deductive reasoning as a function of the broader autism spectrum and an MSc (2005) in Neuroinformatics. My first degree was in Computer Science (BEng, Queen’s University Belfast, 2002). I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies.

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; 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 about poets

Occupational Hazard

He has slept with accountants and brokers,
With a cowgirl (well, someone from Healds).
He has slept with non-smokers and smokers
In commercial and cultural fields.

He has slept with book-keepers, book-binders,
Slept with auditors, florists, PAs
Child psychologists, even child minders,
With directors of firms and of plays.

He has slept with the stupid and clever.
He has slept with the rich and the poor
But he sadly admits that he's never
Slept with a poet before.

Real poets are rare, he confesses,
While it's easy to find a cashier.
So I give him some poets' addresses
And consider a change of career.

– Sophie Hannah

Song of the Day