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Professor Geoff Lindsay





Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 765 23638

Research Interests

  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Inclusion
  • Early identification and intervention
  • Parenting support
  • Ethics and practice of educational and health professionals
  • Educational evaluation

View Geoff's publications on the University of Warwick Publications service.


I have been Director of CEDAR since 1999. Before joining Warwick in 1995 I was Principal Educational Psychologist of the Sheffield Psychological Service. I am a past President of the British Psychological Society and for many years led the BPS's initiative to secure the statutory regulation of psychologists. I was the Convener of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations 1999-2009. I am currently Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences. My main research concerns special educational needs and disability, parenting support, and early intervention, although these three strands interact. Previous work has included a consultancy to the Lamb Inquiry into parents' confidence in the special educational needs system, leading the Better Communication Research Programme, part of the government's response to the Bercow Review into provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, and leading the 3-year CANparent trial of universal parenting classes. I was Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education for its consideration of the Bill which subsequently became the Children & Families Act, 2014. My recent research includes the evaluation of the Early Intervention Foundation, the Parent Gym parenting programme, the sustained implementation of parenting programmes by local authorities after the end of the Parenting Early Intervention Programme, and of the Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution (SEND). My current research includes the evaluation of A Better Start, a 10-year early intervention programme, and of Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS).

I was Chair of the Inclusion Commission, Birmingham City Council (2017-18) and a member of the decision-making panel for the independent review following up the outcomes of the Bercow Review 2008 of provision for children and young people with speech and language needs: Bercow-Ten Years On.

Research Projects

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  • Cullen, Stephen Michael, Cullen, Mairi Ann, Lindsay, Geoff, 2016. Universal parenting programme provision in England : barriers to parent engagement in the CANparent trial, 2012-2014. Children & Society, 30 (1), pp. 71-81, View

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