Neil Hall

Neil Hall

School of Education
Lecturer in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)
Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement

Contact details

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

Neil Hall started in his current role in September 2010, although for 20 years, as an Honorary Lecturer, he taught on various CPD programmes in special education and child protection and on initial and post qualification doctoral training courses in educational psychology.  Neil is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

He has managed a psychology team within a Social Services Department, been the Head of and Consultant Psychologist in an NHS Child & Family Clinical Psychology Service, and worked in a clinical psychology service in an Adult Mental Health Hospital; previously, he worked as a Consultant Psychologist for an NSPCC Risk Assessment Project.

Neil also qualified as a forensic psychologist and has regularly undertaken Court work in regard to children who have been or are at risk of being abused or neglected; of those who have been charged with various criminal matters; and of parents with learning disabilities, substance misuse and or mental health problems.  He has written hundreds of reports and given evidence in more than 100 trials in the Magistrates, County and High Courts; he has also presented evidence to Adoption Panels and Special Needs Tribunals.

He has undertaken further training to complete the Cardiff University Law School Postgraduate Certificate as an Expert Witness in Family Work. Neil is currently working towards a PhD in Mental Health, in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University.


  • MLitt (Aberdeen)
  • MA (Lancaster)
  • BEd (Hons) (Sussex)
  • AFBPsS (Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society)
  • CPsychol (Chartered Educational Psychologist; Chartered Forensic Psychologist) (BPS)
  • CSci (Chartered Scientist) (Science Council)
  • Statement of Competence in Educational Testing (BPS)


Neil is the programme lead for SEBD courses at undergraduate (AdCert and BPhil) and postgraduate (PG Cert; PG Dip; MEd) level, via distance education.  He also teaches a campus based postgraduate module.  Neil also leads on a third year undergraduate module 'Educational Psychology' for the BA (Honours) Education programme.

Neil also leads on developing a Masters’ course in Mental Health and Children’s Services and contributes to PGCE training, special education courses and the doctoral programme in educational psychology.

Postgraduate supervision

Neil contributes to co-supervising a range of PhD, EdD, MPhil and MRes students on SEBD and SEN topics - these include the attachment friendly classroom; SEBD and outdoor education; SEBD provision in Kenya; Looked-after children leaving FE.


  • Assessment and treatment in child and adolescent mental health;
  • Child and family forensic psychology – risk assessment; contact; parent-child interactions;
  • Teachers’ models of mental health and psychological well-being;
  • Family mental health and children’s learning, behaviour and identity.

Neil has previously been awarded a Research Fellowship by the NHS Health Action Zone Programme to develop an assessment and treatment programme for parents with mental health problems where child care might be a cause for concern.


Hall, N and Stone, K (Submitted) Assessing Children at Risk. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

Birmingham Social Services Department (1997) Child Protection: Comprehensive Assessment Schedule and Guidelines. Co-author of guidance and training materials. Birmingham: Birmingham City Council.

Hall, N (1996) Physical and sexual abuse.  In: G Upton and V Varma (Eds) Stresses in Teachers of Children with Special Educational Needs, Chap 11, 169-184, London: Arena/Ashgate Press

Hall, N and Mellor, A (1995) Chartered Forensic Psychologists and Social Services Departments: An initial response to the core knowledge and skills debate. Forensic Update, Issue 4, April 1995, 6-10

Hall, N (1995) A psychological perspective.  In: R Davie, G Upton and V Varma (Eds) The Voice of the Child: A Handbook for Professionals. Brighton: Falmer Press

Hall, N (1993) Counselling abused children in schools.  In: C McLaughlin and K Bovair (Eds) Counselling in Schools, Chap 5, 63-80

Hall, N (1992) Psychological aspects of health-related problems.  In: R Gulliford and G Upton (Eds) Special Educational Needs, Chap 10, 165-184, London: Routledge Kegan Paul

Hall, N (1992) Change in natural environments: Community psychology as therapy.  In: D Lane and A Miller (Eds) Child and Adolescent Therapy in Britain, Chap 12, 235-250, Milton Keynes: Open University Press

British Psychological Society (1990) Psychologists and Social Services. Co-author of a Report of a Working Party of the Professional Affairs Board, pp 57, Leicester: BPS

Hall, N (1988) Working with parents who abuse their children, Educational Psychology in Practice, 4, 3, 131-140.

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