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Dr Chantelle Francis

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Faculty Academic Support Lead

I graduated from Northumbria University in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Early Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. During my studies, I took a keen interest in neurodiversity within the mainstream school setting and the exacerbated challenges children with Special Educational Needs face in comparison to neurotypical children and adolescents. As a result of this, I made the jump over to psychology by completing the MSc Psychology (Conversion) postgraduate degree, also at Northumbria. Following this, I completed my PhD in 2023, with a thesis titled "The design and validation of a school-based measure of psychological wellbeing".

Currently, I am the Faculty Academic Support Lead for the School of Psychology and act as a conduit between our School and the wider institution to ensure student success across our courses. I am responsible for leading and evaluating university and Faculty initiatives linked to student retention.

Teaching and supervision

I have previously been module lead for two developmental modules at a different institution and still enjoy keeping up to date with current research and teaching practice in the area of developmental psychology.


  • Francis, C. (2024). The development and validation of a measure of school-related psychological wellbeing. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University. 
  • Francis, C., & McKenzie, K. (2023). The factors affecting pupil psychological well-being in mainstream schools: A systematic review. Under review in Children and Youth Services Review.
  • Francis, C., McCarty, K., & McKenzie, K. (2023). The design and validation of the Mental Health in Schools Questionnaire. Under review in Improving Schools.
  • School-based mental health
  • Neurodivergence in mainstream schools
  • Developmental psychology
  • Psychometrics
I am currently part of the Academic Misconduct panel and I am also a Stage One Personal Academic Tutor.

Last updated 11 March 2024