Lena Green holds the degree of M Soc Sc (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town and the degree of Ph.D from the University of Exeter as well as being an educational psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a qualified secondary and special education teacher. She retired as Professor of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape in 2008 and since then has been an Extraordinary Professor in that Faculty. Her current part-time work for the Faculty involves the curriculum development and support for research. Since her retirement from the University she has been in private practice as an educational psychologist, working mainly with children and young people.
Her research interest has always been cognitive development and the ways in which individuals can learn to understand and refine their own thinking processes. She has published a number of articles and book chapters in this field and in the area of inclusive education. As an Honorary Research Associate of Exeter University she reviews schools in South Africa for accreditation by Exeter as ‘Thinking Schools’.