Children's Services

Best Practice: Using evidence to improve outcomes for children and families

Meet the Team

Dr Roger Northgate

Dr. Roger Norgate is a consultant educational psychologist and has worked in education for nearly 40 years. He completed a doctorate in 2002 relating to exclusion from special schools of pupils with learning difficulties who exhibit severe challenging behaviour. He has served on a number of the DfES research advisory groups, has a particular interest in determining what constitutes an acceptable rate of progress for pupils with SEN and chairs the research governance group on behalf of Children’s Services.

Maria Traill

Maria Traill is a psychology research associate (PRA) working with the Research and Evaluation Unit. Maria completed an Honours degree in psychology in 2003 and then worked as a psychology assistant in a variety of NHS settings. During this time she undertook research in physical health, adult mental health and in an adolescent mental health & forensic unit. Maria is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Research Methods through the Open University. She started with the unit in October 2006.

Dr Cara Osborne

Dr Cara Osborne is also a PRA with the Unit. She completed an Honours degree in Psychology in 2002, an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology in 2004 and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Southampton in 2008, focusing on facial recognition. She started with the Unit in October 2007.

Amy Warhurst

Dr Amy Warhurst is also a PRA. She completed an Honours degree in Psychology in 2004, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Hull in 2009. Her PhD research focused on dyslexia and other reading problems, and the reading strategies adopted by poor readers. She started with the unit in September 2008.