Maria joined the team in 2006 having completed an honours degree in psychology in 2003 and then worked as a psychology assistant in a variety of settings; health psychology, mental health and forensic psychology. Maria’s research focus in these settings ranged from patient perspectives on being part of a clinical trial, and patient views of restraint & seclusion within an adolescent medium secure unit. Whilst in Hampshire Maria has completed a postgraduate diploma in advanced research methods with the Open University. She has been involved in a wealth of research projects including a parenting programme, use of restraint within schools, and most recently looking at pupil perspectives on their sense of school community.
Cara joined the team in 2007 having completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology, looking at how people learn to recognise new faces. Before this, she completed an honours degree in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods. Since joining the team, Cara has been involved in a range of projects. The majority of these have focused on evaluating different types of support provided to children in foster care, in the form of Literacy and Maths programmes, as well as consultation sessions for their carers. Other projects include evaluating support provided to: children with autism, adopted children who are making the transition to secondary school, and young people who are out of school/at risk of exclusion.
Amy joined the team in 2008, having studied at the University of Hull to complete her honours degree in Psychology and PhD in Developmental Psychology, looking at the reading strategies used by poor readers and dyslexics. Since returning to Hampshire, Amy has been involved in evaluating a variety of school-based interventions, for example, examining the average academic progression of pupils attending specialist provisions, and evaluating the impact of emotional literacy and behavioural interventions.