Dr Sarah Kuppen

Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:

Sarah is the course leader for the MSc in Clinical Child Psychology. She is a chartered developmental psychologist and also works therapeutically with young people as a trainee child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor.

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Sarah joined ARU in 2010 and has been running the MSc Clinical Child Psychology since that time. Having undertaken a PhD in developmental dyslexia, she has more recently focused on researching therapeutic approaches to supporting children and young people. She is a member of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour.

She has worked with a number of Cambridge-based charities, evaluating the services they provide for the young people they serve.

Sarah works in clinical practice, providing integrative arts based therapy for children and young people both in-school and within a clinical charity based team of therapists.

Research interests

Sarah is currently researching in-school counselling services, psychotherapeutic approaches to supporting young people with eating disorders and selective mutism in school age children. She is interested in therapeutic and clinical topics specialising in children and young people.

Areas of research supervision

Sarah supervises a wide area of research projects but confines her supervision to topics concerning the development of children and young people.


MSc Clinical Child Psychology

  • PG Diploma Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Cambridge
  • PhD Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge, St John's College
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Oxford
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE- Secondary), Institute of Education, London
Memberships, editorial boards
  • British Psychological Society, chartered membership, Developmental Section
  • UKCP membership – UK Counsel for Psychotherapy
  • BACP membership – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, CYP division
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Book Trust (2018)
  • Wall to Wall productions – Child Genius (2013-17)
  • Pearson Publishing – Ravens Matrices, Bayley Scales, WPPSI, WISC, Test of Everyday Attention for Children (2006-2010)

Research Grants

  • Harpur Trust – Tune Time early literacy project

Knowledge Exchange

  • Wellcome Trust – I’m a scientist
  • Wellcome Trust – Education and Neuroscience Initiative
Selected recent publications

Kuppen, S. (2018) Little kids, big dilemmas: your parenting problems solved by science. Published by Routledge.

Kuppen, S. & Bourke, E. (2017) Rhythmic rhymes for boosting phonological awareness in socially disadvantaged children.  Mind, Brain, and Education, 11(4), 181-189

Kuppen, S. E., & Goswami, U. (2016). Developmental trajectories for children with dyslexia and low IQ poor readers. Developmental Psychology, 52(5), 717-734.

Kuppen, S., Huss, M., & Goswami, U. (2014). A longitudinal study of basic auditory processing and phonological skills in children with low IQ. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35(6), 1109-1141.

Kuppen, S., Huss, M., Fosker, T., Fegan, N., & Goswami, U. (2011). Basic auditory processing skills and phonological awareness in low-IQ readers and typically developing controls. Scientific Studies of Reading, 15(3), 211-243.

Recent presentations and conferences

Neuroscience and Education. Invited speaker at the Essex Secondary Science Festival, June 2018.

Making Sense of the Early Years. Cambridge Science Festival. March 2018.

BPS Developmental Section 2016 (Belfast). Oral Paper. Developmental trajectories for phonological and auditory processing in children with dyslexia and low IQ poor readers.

Festival of Ideas (2016). Opinions on parenting – how to sort the help from the hype.

Media experience
Featured in
  • Cambridge Independent – 22nd August, 2018. Solving parenting dilemmas through scientific research
  • Guardian - 23rd August, 2018. Should I limit the amount of time my child spends with their mobile phone? 
  • Daily Mail Online - 14th May, 2018. Is breast really best and is crying bad for your baby
  • i paper  – 28th May, 2018. printed copy and online – There, there Science will make it better
  • Yahoo Style 24th April, 2018. Princess Charlotte stole the show during the royal birth, but how will she cope as the middle child?
Published in
  • Gurgle Magazine – October 31st, 2018 Snuggle up with a book Mama
  • Basildon Echo, Irish News – June 26th, 2018. My four year old daughter is always telling lies, how can I stop her?
  • Mum’s magazine - 9th April, 2018. Five ways to tame a tantrum
  • Motherhood:  The real deal – October 8th, 2018. Tantrums.
  • Kiddycharts - September 19th, 2018. 5 simple things you can do now to stop children bickering
  • The Conversation – August 3rd, 2018.  The five best parenting books grounded in science
  • Essential parent – November, 2017. How do I know if my child has dyslexia?