Paula works as an expert witness in any court case where the type of education is an issue. These can be divorces, child care cases or medical negligence. She is registered with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist and with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practising Psychologist, as well as with the Society of Expert Witnesses and the Academy of Experts. From Cardiff University, she earned a postgraduate diploma in Expert Witness work. She also simultaneously worked as a University Lecturer, writing and delivering her own modules on child psychology and creativity (University of Durham) and taught on a set developmental module (Open University). As a researcher and writer, and perhaps, thinker, she has a strong publishing record, supported earlier by a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Economic and Science Research Council. As a lobbyist, she would like to see children starting school later rather than earlier. She has appeared on Television and Radio (BBC and ITV) and spoken at many international conferences. Most recently as a Key Note speaker at the University of Oslo, and at the National University of Colombia.
In her other life as a fine artist, since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, she has exhibited numerous times and appeared in newspapers including the Sunday Times Colour Supplement. Her works are owned by several prominent businesses and banks alongside private collectors. The British Army (71st Regiment) commissioned her to paint a commemorative portrait of Princess Anne. She also has taught art at college and university.
She is currently an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.