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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 paper has been published following CEDAR’s hosting of our first undergraduate intern, Sasha Mandair, during the summer vacation 2016: ‘Comparing the effectiveness of evidence-based parenting programs on families of children with and without special educational needs: Short-term and long-term gains’ with Vaso Totsika and Geoff Lindsay, which has just appeared in the journal: Frontiers in Education.

  • CEREBRA, a charity that supports families of children with brain conditions, published a parents’ guide to the research evidence for sleep interventions. Children with developmental disabilities face significant difficulties with sleep. This can affect the whole family. Cerebra’s guide is based on research by Dr Lee Priday, Dr Chris Byrne and Dr Vaso Totsika (CEDAR) who examined whether behavioural interventions work to reduce sleep problems in people with intellectual disability:
  • CEDAR would like to welcome our newly appointed Associate Fellow, Dr Ashley Liew. Dr Liew is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a large number of key research and development and lead academic roles in the largest CAMHS services in England.

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.