Neil Humphrey is currently a Professor of Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester. His main research interests are social and emotional learning, mental health and special educational needs (particularly autism spectrum disorders). He is currently overseeing a cluster RCT of the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) curriculum and a bolt-on study into its impact on academic attainment , and is also involved in a literature and country review of educational provision for learners with autism. Other recent research projects have included a scoping review of access to counselling in secondary schools, plus national evaluations of Achievement for All and Targeted Mental Health in Schools. Neil studied Psychology at the University of Liverpool from 1995-1998. He then went on to study for a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching and a PhD in Education at Liverpool John Moores University from 1998-2001. He worked for a year at the University of Bolton from 2001-2002, before taking up a lectureship in psychology of education at the University of Manchester in 2002. He became a senior lecturer in 2007, and was promoted to Professor of Psychology of Education in 2010.
Judy Hutchings works as a Professor in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. Her research interests include conduct disorders, parenting, child social skills, anger management and problem solving, teacher classroom management, real world interventions and fidelity. Judy is a member of the Clinical, Health & Behavioural Psychology Research Group.
John's research interests include the economics of education, access to higher education, intergenerational mobility, cross-national comparisons and educational inequalities. He has worked extensively with the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data, as reported widely in the British media. John was the recipient of an ESRC Research Scholarship 2006-2010 and awarded the prize as the 'most promising PhD student in the quantitative social sciences' at the University of Southampton. In October 2011 he was awarded a prestigious ESRC post-doctoral fellowship to continue his research into the educational and labour market expectations of adolescents and young adults.