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Dr Helen Drew

Post:Lecturer in Psychology (Psychology)
Location:PEVENSEY 1 1C5

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877560
International:+44 1273 877560

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I completed my PhD at the University of Sussex with Prof Robin Banerjee in 2018 entitled 'Understanding the mental health and well-being of early adolescents in foster care'. Prior to this I worked as a teacher in primary education for many years.



I am currently working as a Teaching Fellow. I have been teaching first and second year undergraduates on a range of modules, including research methods, developmental psychology and social psychology and convened Psychology and Social Issues for the International Summer School.

I have also worked recently as a Research Fellow on the following projects: 

1) Shared Training and Assessment for Well-being (STrAWB) in collaboration with The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education at the University of Oxford. This project pilots a training and assessment package across home and school contexts aimed at supporting early identification of mental health problems in children in foster care.

2) Evaluation of a Multisystemic Therapy Service in Essex with the Rees Centre at the University of Oxford.

2) Exploring the effects of reading fiction on children's theory of mind and empathic skills under the joint supervision of Profs Jane Oakhill, Alan Garnham and Robin Banerjee.

3) Evaluation of the implementation of a contextual safeguarding system in the the London Borough of Hackney with Profs Robin Banerjee and Michelle Lefevre.


2014 – 2018      PhD, School of Psychology, University of Sussex

2000 – 2001      Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Upper Primary), University of Brighton

1992 – 1995      BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex


Professional Memberships:  Graduate Member of British Psychological Society

Member of the Sussex Cress Lab research group

Research Assistant to Dr Matthew Easterbrook working on research exploring the psychological barriers to higher education among first generation scholars (Jan - Sept 2016)

Associate Tutor Rep (Jan - Dec 2016)