Lucinda Powell

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Lucinda Powell supports teachers to use evidenced based psychology in all aspects of their classroom practice. She taught psychology from 2002-2017 in a variety of schools in London and Oxfordshire. Since September 2017 she has been working as a Education Consultant specialising in the links between psychology and education, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. As well as presenting at conferences, running teacher training courses, and tutor study skills, she works as a coach on the School Mental Health Award at the Carnegie School of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools and is an associate lecturer and the lead tutor for the Psychology PGCE for Initial Teacher Training at Coventry University. Her Podcast ‘Psychology in the Classroom’ brings psychological research directly to the classroom teacher. You can access this on iTunes, Spotify or Amazon.

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Should schools use peer mentoring for mental health? New review highlights how little we know

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Lucinda Powell summarises a review which finds little evidence to support the use of peer mentoring in schools to improve mental wellbeing.

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Problematic smartphone use: what are the consequences for teens and their screens?

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Lucinda Powell explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis which finds that problematic smartphone use in young people is associated with poorer mental health.

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Teens, screens and a hill of beans?

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Lucinda Powell looks at a recent study which finds little clear-cut evidence that screen time decreases adolescent well-being.

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Poor school attendance and anxiety: what’s the link?

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Lucinda Powell summarises a recent systematic review about the association between anxiety and poor attendance at school, which suggests links between anxiety and unexcused absences/truancy, and school refusal.

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Mental health stigma in schools: helping young people access support

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Lucinda Powell considers a recent systematic review of qualitative evidence on stigma related to targeted school-based mental health interventions. The review provides some interesting findings and useful strategies, given the recent UK government announcement that they are backing plans to make specialist mental health provision available in schools.

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Universal resilience: could it be the answer?

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Lucinda Powell summarises a systematic review of universal resilience-focused interventions targeting child and adolescent mental health in the school setting.

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Teacher burnout: can we prevent it, or is that the wrong question?

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As we prepare for our Youth Mental Health Question Time event in London this evening, Lucinda Powell considers a meta-analysis looking at the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing teacher burnout.

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