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Dr Sam McNally

Lecturer in Childhood

Sam McNally


Sam has a professional background as a nursery nurse, primary school teacher, and BAPT play therapist. Her previous roles have encompassed over 20 years working with children, young people and families. Sam has taught in state and independent education, specialising in early years’, and worked therapeutically with children and young people in private practice and for NHS CAMHS.


Sam has a BA (Hons) Childhood, Youth and Society and MA Education awarded by the University of Chichester, a PGCE Primary (Early Years’) awarded by University of Portsmouth, MA Play Therapy awarded by the University of Roehampton, and EdD awarded by University of Portsmouth.

Sam is the programme coordinator for the BA (Hons) Childhood with Therapeutic Play and also teaches on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.


Sam has recently researched the impact of trauma in the primary classroom and the potential benefits of clinical supervision for classroom teachers. Her previous research has included risk appraisal and resilience in KS1 children, competence and consent in child clients, and sexual risk taking in adolescents.

Sam’s current research interests include working therapeutically with children with a history of trauma, use of creative media in clinical supervision, and visual research methodologies.

Other department members

Becky Edwards
Becky Edwards
Senior Lecturer
Debra Laxton
Debra Laxton
Early Childhood Lead & Senior Lecturer in Education

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