Andy Fugard


I am a social scientist and lecturer in Educational Psychology Research Methods and Statistics at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL. My research investigates psychological therapies for children and young people, e.g., are they effective in routine practice and what moderates effectiveness? I attempt to influence national policy concerning practice-based evidence as a member of the Monitor and NHS England Quality and Cost Benchmarking Group (I think linking payments to outcomes is a huge mistake). I am also interested in the psychology of reasoning, drawing on ideas from non-classical logics.


From 2011–2013 I was a research fellow at the Anna Freud Centre/UCL Evidence Based Practice Unit and research lead at the Child Outcomes Research Consortium. I helped develop the evaluation framework for the NHS Children and Young People's IAPT programme and worked on the CAMHS Payment System Project. Before coming to London, I was a postdoc at the University of Salzburg (2008–2011), first on the European Science Foundation LogICCC programme, where I investigated how people reason about probabilistic "if"s, then on the EU Aniketos project, where I worked on cognitive and social models of trust in a secure cloud computing domain.

I have a background in informatics and psychology, training at the Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience DTC, University of Edinburgh, where I took a PhD (2009) on individual differences in deductive reasoning as a function of the broader autism spectrum, supervised by Keith Stenning (Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation), Bob Logie (Psychology), and Mary Stewart (Psychology, Heriot Watt), 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 (2014). I also have a full amateur radio licence (2014; M0INF) and trained in live sound at Dublin Castle, Camden (2013).

Other info

Books I enjoyed (suggestions for others to read would be very welcome); 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); some 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

Poetical science

The interdisciplinary struggle experienced by Ada Lovelace, world's first computer programmer, described by Betty Toole (1996):

Her mother, Lady Byron, had the reputation of being a fine mathematician; her father was the famous poet. Ada’s struggle to unite the conflicting strains in her background was especially difficult, since her parents separated when she was only five weeks old. Yet her father’s heritage could not be ignored. In frustration Ada described this struggle when she wrote in an undated fragment to Lady Byron: "You will not concede me philosophical poetry. Invert the order! Will you give me poetical philosophy, poetical science?"

Word of the Day

Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̀ːɡɔm]), a Swedish word meaning "just the right amount".

Song of the Day