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 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. I am currently working on a research project looking at Educational Psychologists' perceptions of off-rolling and exclusionary practice.
BSc, PGDipEd, DEdPsych
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the HCPC and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
I am an accredited Story Stem Assessment Profile administrator and I have completed training in Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDPI Approved Level 2).
Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (leading to FHEA).
MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches.
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 small 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, and exploring the parental experience of the SEND system.
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 am currently working on a collaborative research project looking at Educational Psychologists' perceptions of exclusionary practice in schools, including off-rolling.
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.
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
Editorial board member for Educational Psychology in Practice Journal
Peer reviewer for Educational and Child Psychology Journal
External Examiner Positions
MSc Educational Psychology - Dundee University (External Examiner)
Member of British Psychological Society DECP 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
- Giulia Carriero - DEdPsych
- Amelia King - DEdPsych
- Georgia Lovell - DEdPsych
- Amy Mumford - DEdPsych
- Sarah Salem S. Alqahtani - EdD
- Ruth Arnell - DEdPsych
- Samuel Bougourd - DEdPsych
- Kate Gribble - DEdPsych
- Pippa Harris - DEdPsych
- Adam McCartney - DEdPsych
- Owayne Ovenstone - DEdPsych