Dr Colette Soan

Dr Colette Soan

School of Education
Regional Tutor to SEBD DE Course

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Colette is an Academic and Professional Tutor with the educational psychology training course.  She is also a regional tutor with the distance learning course for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

Colette is interested in how psychology can support people in changing things in their lives.  She utilises consultative and collaborative principles in her work, in particular, person-centred approaches. Colette is enthusiastic about working systemically with organisations and thinking about how organisations develop.  

Colette’s doctoral thesis focussed on a Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) analysis of educational psychologists and parents working together.


  • EdPsychD (University of Birmingham, 2012)
  • MSc Ed Psych (IOE, University of London, 1998)
  • Diploma in Psychology (Open University, 1996)
  • MEd Educational and Child Psychology (University of Birmingham, 1994)
  • BEd Physical Education (Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1987)


Colette trained as a primary teacher and taught for 10 years, specialising in Physical Education.  After qualifying as an Educational Psychologist, Colette worked as a maingrade EP in a number of West Midland authorities.  In 2015 she started a Specialist Senior post for Mental Health in Sandwell MBC and has been involved in a large scale collaboration with Public Health Sandwell, developing a Mental Health Charter Mark for schools, a primary curriculum for mental health promotion and a well being survey tool. 

Colette joined the Educational psychology team in 2010 and the SEBD Distance Education course in 2011.


Postgraduate supervision

Colette is interested in supervising postgraduate research in:

  • Mental Health in Schools
  • The application of Activity Theory in educational research
  • Person-Centred approaches


Mental Health in Schools (whole school approaches)