LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Paul is LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning at Cambridge University. He also works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service.
He trained as a doctor in Southampton before obtaining a degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He then completed training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and obtained a DPhil from Oxford University. From 2012-2017 he led the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Group at Imperial College London.
Paul's research focusses on early child development, including the prevention of mental health problems and the role of play in children’s early development. Much of this work has explored the role of fathers, as well as mothers, in children’s lives and development. This interdisciplinary research has been supported by Fellowships from the MRC and Wellcome Trust and by substantive grant funding from the LEGO Foundation and the National Institute of Health Research.
Paul is a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation and the practitioner review editor for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.