In July 2010, I started my training and consultancy business Fraser Lauchlan Associates, offering Educational Psychology Services mainly to local authorities. I am a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and member of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology of the British Psychological Society. I am an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Editorial Board of Educational and Child Psychology.
For 10 years I worked in a local authority setting in Scotland, firstly as an educational psychologist (1999-2005) and then senior psychologist (2005-2009). From August 2006-August 2009 I was an Associate Tutor to the MSc Educational Psychology course at Strathclyde University, where I was responsible for the training of trainee educational psychologists. I was involved in the selection and interviewing process for each cohort of trainees. I also supervised students undertaking the Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy).
A family move to Italy in July 2009 resulted in me taking up a position as a Visiting Professor at the Università di Cagliari where I received funding to research the cognitive benefits of bilingualism in children who speak Italian and Sardinian and also English and Gaelic. I have presented my work in bilingualism at national and international conferences.
In July 2010, I started my training and consultancy business. I continue to publish as often as I can (see Publications). My research interests include the use of dynamic assessment by educational psychologists, chronic non-attendance and the cognitive benefits of bilingualism. I have published in many other areas, mostly in relation to the work of educational psychology in the UK.
I divide my time between the UK (for work) and Italy, where my family now live. In 2018 I published a book entitled “Being Scottish in Italy (or “I’ll give it two years”), based on the first two years of my life in Italy, written in an ironic, humorous style. Please see “Being Scottish in Italy” for more details.