I am 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 and Child Psychology doctoral programmes. My research focuses on evaluating therapies and support for people experiencing mental health difficulties.
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 as a function of the broader autism spectrum, and an MSc (2005) in Neuroinformatics, with a focus on cognitive approaches. My first degree is in Computer Science (BEng, Queen’s University Belfast, 2002).
I'm an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, on the steering committee of the Association for Psychosocial Studies, and an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.
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 "if"s (LogICCC programme) and trust (Aniketos).
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?
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