Dr Justine Howard is a Chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her background is in developmental psychology and the psychology of education. She is also trained in Developmental and Therapeutic Play. She has wide ranging classroom experience in primary schools and for a number of years worked as a play specialist alongside children with additional learning needs, before training as a psychologist.
Her PhD was in the psychology of Education, specifically early education and the psychology of play and playfulness. Her extensive publications are focused on learning and development in the early years, play and learning, the challenge of implementing a play-based curriculum, teacher’s perspectives on their role in children’s play and the therapeutic benefits of play. Justine is regularly asked to act in an expert capacity. She has been teaching and researching in HE for more than 15 years at UG and PG level and has PhD supervision experience focused on topics directly related to education.