Dr Will Shield
Child and Educational Psychologist
+44 (0) 1392 725985
North Cloisters NC110
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I am a Child and Educational Psychologist and joined the DEdPsych programme as an Academic and Professional Tutor in 2017. I am the interim DEdPsych joint programme director and also work as a Senior Educational Psychologist for a local authority. My specific areas of interest/specialism are surrounding the wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people, particularly those who have experienced adversity and those at risk of exclusion from school.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (FHEA), Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Doctorate in Educational, Child and Community Psychology.
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the HCPC and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I have completed professional training in Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDPI Approved Level 2) and I am an accredited Story Stem Assessment Profile administrator.
In January 2021 I completed training as a Prosocial Group Facilitator, an approach which uses principles of Contextual Behavioural Science and Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) to build effective, collaborative and socially equitable groups.
Current Study: MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Edinburgh University)
After training as an Educational Psychologist (EP) here at Exeter University, I worked as an EP in Devon and then North Somerset. In both roles I had an interest in working with children who had been excluded from school, children at risk of exclusion and children in the care system. In 2018 I became a Specialist Senior EP with oversight of developing a traded EP service across North Somerset and Somerset whilst also holding a patch of schools. In my current role as a Senior EP, I am responsible for supporting local authority strategic developments related to SEND inluding the embedding of person-centred processes, meaningfully hearing and using child voice as part of decision making processes.
Research group links
My research and teaching areas of interest include: children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs; alternative provision and inclusion; trauma and attachment; challenging behaviour linked to childhood adversity; critical incident stress management; dynamic assessment and mediated learning environments; group dynamics; widening participation in education; personal construct psychology and learner self-efficacy.
I supervise Doctoral research projects on the Doctorate in Educational, Child and Community Psychology.
I was involved in a COVID-19 rapid response research project with the Social Mobility Centre at Exeter University in April-July 2020: The Educational Impact of School Closure.
I have been working on a project exploring perceptions of illegal exclusions and off-rolling with researchers from Plymouth and Wolverhampton universities.
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Publications by year
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External Engagement and Impact
Editorial board member for Educational Psychology in Practice Journal
External Examiner Positions
MSc Educational Psychology - Dundee University (External Examiner, 2021- )
Doctorate in Educational Psychology - Bristol University (External Examiner, 2022- )
Deputy Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Educational and Child Psychology Training Committee
My research and teaching areas of interest include: children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs; alternative provision and inclusion; trauma and attachment; challenging behaviour linked to childhood adversity; critical incident stress management; dynamic assessment and mediated learning environments; group dynamics; personal construct psychology, and learner self-efficacy.
Supervision / Group
- Joe Carswell - DEdPsych
- Abi Cole - DEdPsych
- Hattie Kimber - DEdPsych
- Lily Payne - DEdPsych
- Sarah Salem S. Alqahtani - EdD
- Ruth Arnell - DEdPsych
- Samuel Bougourd - DEdPsych
- Giulia Carriero - DEdPsych
- Kate Gribble - DEdPsych
- Pippa Harris - DEdPsych
- Amelia King - DEdPsych
- Georgia Lovell - DEdPsych
- Adam McCartney - DEdPsych
- Amy Mumford - DEdPsych
- Owayne Ovenstone - DEdPsych