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He worked as a residential social worker, teacher and practising educational psychologist for Social Services and Health, before moving to education as an educational psychologist. After working for many local authorities (including Kirklees latterly) and becoming increasingly interested in research, he moved to the University of Dundee in 1992 to establish a new training course for educational psychologists. He subsequently developed a doctoral level course and then become wholly focused on research, training and consultation. He became a professor in 2003. He has extensive experience working with teachers, children and parents in many school districts, as well as with government and non-governmental organizations, in the U.K., U.S. and other countries.