Cathy Atkinson


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Cathy Atkinson is Curriculum Director of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology Programme and is also an HCPC registered educational psychologist.  Research interests include motivational interviewing, educational psychologists and therapeutic interventions, how children access their right to play, supervision and human givens therapy.

Research interests

Motivational Interviewing

Human givens therapy

Achievement motivation

Mental health in schools

How children access their right to play

The efficacy of therapeutic interventions with children and young people


Adolescent literacy

The role of the educational psychologist in working with young people ageed 16-25

Student assessment, feedback and participation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate in Educational Psychology, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 200131 Aug 2005

Award Date: 15 Dec 2005

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester


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