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Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research

CEDAR is an internationally acknowledged research centre undertaking research on a range of educational and psychological issues.

These typically focus on the interface between policy and practice, and include research into new government initiatives across the age range of pre-school to higher education and continuing professional practice.

We also specialise in researching special educational needs and inclusion, disability across the lifespan (especially intellectual disability and autism), and parenting and families research. We emphasise combined methods research undertaken in multi-disciplinary teams, secondary analysis approaches, and intervention evaluation designs including randomised controlled trials.


cedar treeAll enquiries should be made to Diana Smith, Centre Administrator (email Diana dot Smith at warwick dot ac dot uk) or direct to the appropriate member of staff. If you have any comments about our website, email A dot J dot Baker at warwick dot ac dot uk.


A milestone for CEDAR’s PhD programme – congratulations to Emma Langley who is the first of CEDAR’s PhD students to have a research article accepted by a peer review academic journal. Emma is funded by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and our research partner Cerebra. Her paper “Parental relationship satisfaction in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A multilevel analysis” with supervisors Vaso Totsika and Richard Hastings is to appear in the journal Autism Research. CEDAR’s PhD course in Education and Psychology registered its first students in October 2014.

Research excellence

Warwick's education research ranked 3rd in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

A Better Start

A research team from the University of Warwick are leading a large, multidisciplinary consortium to evaluate a 10-year study designed to improve the life chances of children 0-3: Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start.