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The Life and Times of an LEH Life Scientist

A distinguished 30-year career has seen science writer, psychotherapist and private tutor Evie Bentley, Class of 1965, go from a pupil studying textbooks to a learned expert writing them!

Her most recent book, the new Cambridge International A level Pychology textbook, was published last year.  “I do like my work,” says Evie.  “I'm delighted to have had that opportunity, maybe it was partly one of those what you know plus who you know things, as well (I hope!) as one's track record.”

She continues: “After university and an MA in Physiology (and first BM) I had a short career in the civil service where I discovered that I am not a desk job person! I have gone to have a long and continuing career in teaching science, currently as a private tutor. I also have extras in my portfolio as I've worked for decades with publishers, either adding pedagogical material or doing a bit of copy editing. Fun!"

Evie was published in a programme called SATIS 16-19. Then her first book about the biology and psychology of sleep was published by Routledge, followed by others on psychology and a major textbook. She was co-opted onto various government and exam board committees, and chaired the National Association for Psychology Teachers, the ATP, for three years.

Evie adds: “I'm a regular speaker at ATP and European psychology teachers' conferences and a regular contributor to their publications. I also managed to complete a three-year training as a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist and I see clients in my study at home as well as my A level Biology or Psychology tutees. I have been an AQA examiner and until recently a CIE examiner too.

“My family also want me to say that I'm also very involved with them, children and grandchildren, and my garden and our current naughty cat George!”

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