Dr Urbina-Garcia is a Chartered Psychologist in the UK (BPS), a developmental psychologist and an expert in online learning.
He is an international developmental psychologist having completed his PhD in the Psychology in Education Research Centre from the University of York (UK). He has extensive experience as lecturer in psychology, educational psychology and early years education in both, face-to-face and online environments having taught in three continents namely Asia, Europe and America. He is currently a lecturer in early childhood and the Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Education and Social Sciences, and is the recipient of Excellence Teaching Awards. He has also been a governmental adviser leading multidisciplinary discussions at national level specifically regarding the early years curriculum sharing his expertise in areas of educational and developmental assessment, teaching methods, teacher training and curriculum development. Dr. Urbina has also shared his work in the field of teacher training with the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean; (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) with a view to establishing a line of work with Latin American researchers.
After having worked as a classroom teacher for a number of years, he worked as the Regional Coordinator of Child Psychologists overseeing 19 childcare and educational centres working with a range of professionals. While working for a private university, he led the Postgraduate Academy of Psychology for two years overseeing the work of more than 20 senior lecturers and professors of psychology.
As an expert in online learning, Dr. Urbina has developed ample expertise when working with a range of platforms for online education with international students while in his role as lecturer in psychology for Russell Group Universities. He has also delivered a number of international CPD courses and webinars to online lecturers and has been recognised as a specialist for intake modules -easing the transition of international students to the online world. Dr Urbina has mentored a number of newly appointed online lecturers in psychology.
He has ample experience in working with children, parents, teachers, teaching assistants, principal teachers and headteachers, as well as child psychologists, pedagogists, social workers, nutritionists, educators and paediatricians. Dr Urbina-Garcia is an international expert in designing and facilitating seminars, workshops and CPD courses to a range of professionals in both fields, psychology and education -either face-to-face or online.
Dr. Urbina-Garcia's expertise and research has featured on different occasions on National and International TV, Radio and Newspapers and other media outlets including BBC Look North, BBC Radio Humberside , TRT World Sky Channel News 516, I-Newspaper, The Conversation, Times Education Supplement (TES), Newsweek US, British Petroleum, Viking FM News Radio, etc.
BBC Look North: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JWgh4CyLLpHbRDl9ByeA5lQoYmkfp8aQ/view?usp=sharing
BBC Radio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RR4f7OLjCxvBwMwf5syKYpx6sbBy0qc8/view?usp=sharing
BBC Radio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dXC5GQybLGMm31wsAr8BKOZPm6TXLPsD/view?usp=sharing
BPS: British Psychological Society
CPsyhcol: Chartered Psychologist in the UK (BPS)
Division: Psychology and Education England’s North East branch
APA: American Psychological Association
Division 15: Educational Psychology
Division 7: Developmental Psychology
HEA: Higher Education Academy, UK
BERA: British Educational Research Association
SOCMEX: Mexican Society of Psychology
EECERA: European Early Childhood and Education Research Association
Member of the SIG (Special Interest Group) on transitions of the European Early Childhood and Education Research Association
International Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals:
*Journal of Educational Psychology
*Early Childhood Research Quarterly
*Journal of Education for Teaching
*Journal of Early Intervention
*Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
*Current Psychology Journal
*Teaching and Teacher Education
*Canadian Journal of School Psychology