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Dr Andrew Fugard

Senior Lecturer in Social Science Research Methods
BEng (Belf), MSc PhD (Edin), AFHEA


Academic background

  • Andy Fugard joined Birkbeck in May 2017. He has a background in informatics and psychology, training at the University of Edinburgh, where he took a PhD (2009) on individual differences in reasoning along the broader autism spectrum, and an MSc (2005) in Neuroinformatics. His first degree was in computer science (Queen’s University Belfast, 2002). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Salzburg, Austria (2008–2011); a research fellow at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (2011–2013); and a lecturer in research methods for educational and child psychology at University College London (2013–2017).

Research and teaching


  • My research focuses on understanding how people cope with mental health difficulties and evaluating different ways of helping. Recent publications have investigated the effectiveness of schools-based counselling and NHS children and young people’s mental health services. Related to this, I am interested in how evidence is used and misused in practice, such as in “key performance indicators” and “payment by results”. I am also interested in ways of mixing quantitative and qualitative methods and how different perspectives can be combined.
  • See my website for further information.

Research interests

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Practice-based evidence
  • Therapy effectiveness
  • Mixing methods



  • I welcome applications from students who are interested in topics around mental health and wellbeing, for instance, the experiences, benefits, and harms of psychological therapies; how the concept of evidence is used in therapy and how government policy shapes and is shaped by this; differences and similarities between professional and non-professional ways of helping people with mental health difficulties. Students with lived experience of mental health problems are very welcome.

Professional roles


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Professional memberships and awards

Professional memberships


Contact Details

Room 221
26 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DQ

Mailing address:
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Tel: +44 (0)20 3073 8011 (ext. 8011)