Dr. Sean MacBlain


Reader in Child Development and Disability

Following a career teaching children with special educational needs, Sean worked as an educational psychologist both in England and Northern Ireland and for a number of years was Lead Tutor to the R.S.A. Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia and during that time trained over a hundred teachers. Since 2001 Sean has worked as an academic and currently holds the position of Reader in Child Development & Disability. Sean also holds the position of Research Lead for the Centre for Professional and Educational Research and was previously Deputy Chair of the University College's Ethics Sub-Committee. In addition to this Sean is a consultant to Shapwick School, which is a specialist school for children and young people with dyslexia.

Prior to working at University College Plymouth, St. Mark & St. John, Sean was a Senior Lecturer in Education and Developmental Psychology at Stranmillis University College. Sean has published widely in the field of special education and has presented research papers in many countries, including: Sweden, USA, Crete, Slovenia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania. He has been external examiner to a wide range of Master’s Degree programmes in Special Educational Needs and Dyslexia, in three different universities.

Sean is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. More recently, in 2009 Sean was awarded the title of Chartered Scientist by The British Psychological Society in recognition of his status as a scientist.

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