Lisa Spencer-Woodley


Following graduating with a degree majoring in Psychology (with Human Geography as a minor) in 1995, Lisa worked across a variety of predominantly voluntary sector settings, working with young people in the fields of homelessness, drugs and alcohol and mental health. During this time Lisa completed her Masters in Youth and Community Work and gained her JNC professional youth work qualification.

Prior to starting her academic career at UCP Marjon in 2006, Lisa was Team Leader for an innovative mental health service working with young people with Psychosis. Lisa is a Programme Leader, Route Leader and Academic Lead in the Department of Children, Young People and Communities, and she teaches across a wide range of education and welfare programmes related to children, young people and communities.

Lisa’s teaching focuses on critical developmental psychology, critical and community psychology and critical reflective practice and professional development.

Lisa started her professional Education Doctorate at Exeter University in 2008 and is engaging in practitioner research exploring the ‘teaching’ of critical reflective practice.

Lisa acts as an external consultant and group supervisor for mental health teams.

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