Lucinda Powell

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Lucinda qualified as a teacher in 2002 and taught psychology until 2017. She has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology and an MA in Special and Inclusive Education. Since September 2017 she has been working as an Education Consultant in mental health and wellbeing. As well as presenting at numerous conferences and running staff training in schools, she works with the AnDY Clinic at Reading University, as a coach on the School Mental Health Award at the Carnegie School of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, as a PGCE course author and associate lecturer for Coventry University and leads the Oxfordshire Schools mental health and wellbeing network. As a mother of 3 boys, the eldest (16) of whom has ADHD & ASC and youngest (12) of whom is severely dyslexic, she has plenty of personal experience of supporting young people through their school career.


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


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?


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?


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


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?


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?


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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