Astrid Bowen

PhD Student




Professor Michael Thomas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Professor Andrew Tolmie (UCL Institute of Education)


Research Interests

My research focus is primarily on the promotion of well-being in schools, but I’m also interested in the promotion of learning in general, and specifically how to promote skill transfer and generalisation in children, both in the general population and also with special educational needs, vulnerable child populations and autism.  My past research projects include a discursive analysis of cultural messages concerning mental health and well-being, and an examination of the relationships between self-reported perceptions of school climate, subjective well-being and engagement at school in secondary school students.

My PhD project is co-funded by the ESRC and Evolve, a social impact company.  It involves evaluating the effects of Evolve’s Project HE:RO, a health mentoring intervention, on well-being, academic achievement and cognitive outcomes in KS2 children.



MPhil/PhD Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, 2021-Present

MSc Developmental Disorders (Pending), University of Nottingham, 2020-2021

BSc(Hons) Psychology with Counselling (First Class), The Open University, 2015-2020


Awards and Funding

2021-2024 – UBEL DTP Co-funded +3 PhD studentship, ESRC and Evolve.

2020 – Award for the highest achieving final year undergraduate psychology student, Qualitative Methods.  The Open University in Wales.