Psychology Department

Miss Sophia Afsar, BA, BSc, LLM
Head of Psychology

Miss Jessica Atkinson, BSc
Teacher of Psychology

Dr Christian Bryan, EdD, MSc, BA
Teacher of Politics and Psychology
TOK Co-ordinator
IB Global Politics Coordinator

Mrs Jan O'Connell, BSc
Teacher of Psychology
Deputy Head of Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary (MDV)

Mrs O’Connell holds a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and has been teaching for 15 years.  After being a parent at Brentwood School for 19 years, she has been teaching here since September 2010 and works in the Sixth Form teaching Psychology at AS and A2 Level as well as Higher Level IB. Having a strong interest in students' progression on to university, Mrs O'Connell also works as part of the very successful MDV team, assisting students who are applying to university to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Sciences in addition to helping students who are planning to study Psychology or Criminology at university. She acknowledges a preference for the Cognitive Approach in Psychology and the rigorous methodology it uses but as a strong follower of Existential Psychology, Mrs O’Connell believes that the meaning of life is found in hard work, an ethos which she strives to instil in her students.