Dr Felicity Sedgewick
BA, MA, PhD
I'm interested in the life experiences of autistic people, especially their friendships, relationships, and mental health. I actively work with autistic people to design research that is meaningful and impactful.
- Gender & sexuality
- Mental Health
Senior Lecturer in Psychology of EducationSchool of Education
I started out in a very different field to where I work now - Archaeology and Anthropology. Through Social Anthropology I became interested in how children's development can be different in different cultures, and this combined with having worked in SureStart Centres and schools to create my interest in developmental difference.
I did the Psychology of Education Masters at Bristol in 2012-2013, and that cemented my desire to work with autistic girls and women, who became the focus of my PhD at UCL in 2014-2017. My PhD explored the friendships and relationships of autistic girls and women, and how these differed to the experiences of autistic boys, who we know much more about.
Since then, I have carried out research a range of topics - friendships and relationships, mental health, eating disorders, student mental health (with autistic and non-autistic students), and the impact of COVID-19 on student engagement. I combine social and developmental psychology to ask questions that are important to the communities I work with, and try to find answers that lead to better support for those people who need it.
Special and Inclusive Education
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Journal of Eating Disorders
European Eating Disorders Review
- E-pub ahead of print
Autism and Developmental Language Impairments
- E-pub ahead of print
I am the Programme Director for the Masters in Psychology of Education.
Across the undergraduate and Masters levels, I teach courses on:
Atypical Development - looking at different SEN categories, and how these children and young people can be supported in education and beyond
Autism and neurodiversity - this course is an in-depth exploration of autism beyond the traditional narratives of deficit and struggle. We focus on differences, strengths, and modern theories.
Social psychology - I teach on topics of attachment, relationships, and developmental differences in social psychology.
Individual differences - my teaching covers traditional aspects of individual difference, such as intelligence and personality, and the ways in which we can problematise these concepts. I also teach about psychometrics and measure design processes.
Across all of these, I bring in own-voices writings and speakers, alongside emphasising the practical importance of the knowledge and how it can be used in real-world situations such as in schools.