Dr. Kat Cartmell

Course Leader

School of Psychology

Burnley Campus, Princess Way, BBC122

+44 (0) 1772 89 6035


Subject Areas: Psychology, Education

Kat is a Chartered Psychologist who has developed a keen interest in the area of educational and child Psychology.  She is a dedicated advocate for children’s rights and is eager to document and listen to the child’s voice when carrying out research.

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With a background firmly cemented within the discipline of Psychology, Kat has worked within Education and Educational settings for many years in a variety of roles.  Varying from teaching within secondary schools/sixth forms, FE Colleges and a number of Universities.  Additionally, prior to this, she has undertaken teaching and learning support within primary and secondary schools, pastoral care roles or has worked within the area of special educational needs across the sector.  This experience developed a passion in Kat to seek out ways for every child, young person or adult to be able to access the Education they need / desire.  This established an interest in understanding why individuals may disengagement from education in the first place.  For example, she has carried out research with Gypsy, Roma Traveller communities, children with SEND, and with children & young people with mental health concerns in an attempt to unravel what they perceive to be barriers within their learning journeys.


  • Ph.D Child Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018
  • PGCert in LATHE, University of Central Lancashire, 2013
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2008


Cartmell, K. M.  (2018).  To participate or not to participate: What is the real difference?  Education and Ethnography, submitted.

Gallard, D. and Cartmell, K. M.  (2015).  Psychology and Education.  Hove: Psychology Press.

Cartmell, K. M.  (2011).  Educational Transitions within the UK: What is known and what needs to be investigated?  The Psychology of Education Review, 35, (1), pp. 27 - 32.

Cartmell, K. M.  (2008).  The Role and the Place of Psychology in Higher Education.  Psychology Teaching Review, 14, (2), pp. 7 - 10.


Research Activities

Her PhD research ethnographically investigated the ‘Starting School’ transition to understand how children learn and respond to the idea of becoming a ‘school child’, whilst also drawing on parents’ perspectives of their own changing roles.  This has allowed Kat to develop a full understanding of Educational transitions across the sector as she has already carried out research into the Primary to Secondary transition and the Secondary to FE and FE to HE transitions.

Kat is keen to develop research in related areas which seeks to consider the transitional experience of children and families when they receive a childhood SEND diagnoses, i.e. autism, dyslexia, childhood depression. She would be eager to hear from students whose research ideas may fall within this area.

Teaching activities

Kat is currently the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling degree at UCLan Burnley and contributes to the teaching of a wide variety of Psychology modules across the School.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • External Examiner at the University of Bradford

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • British Psychological Society – Chartered Psychologist
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA) – Full Member