Meet the GMCA EOF Project Team: Professor Deborah James

Its exciting to be working so closely with experienced researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the EOF Project Team. Professor Deborah James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project and she talks more about her background and research interests below:

Deborah is Professor of Educational Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I trained initially as a Speech and Language Therapist at UCL in 1997 and then took up a funded PHD by research at the Institute of Child Health (Brain and Behaviour Sciences Unit) in Psychology. I have always maintained a clinical practice throughout my academic career and have had specialist speech and language posts in Early Years and Special Needs. I retrained in Video Interactive Guidance (VIH) about 12 years ago and have been able to conduct research on the mechanisms of change in VIG and the impact of it with families and workforces.

I did an MA in Creative Writing to explore my own life story a few years ago. Because of this, I am increasingly interested in the wider application of narrative methods and creative approaches in research, intervention and supervision.

I am Professor of Educational Psychology at MMU and although I’m not an educational psychologist, the title of my professional appointment captures many of the threads of my career to date. I work in health, education and social care.

To contact Deborah, please email the EOF project team at

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