Having completed my first degree in Manchester (1992), I went on to complete my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London (1997). My Doctorate thesis looked at the effectiveness of the ADOS and Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning tasks in reliably differentiating between different subgroups on the Autism Spectrum. Since qualifying I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS for many years, primarily within children’s services including generic and specialist CAMHS. During this time I also worked as a Tutor on the Doctorate Training Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Teesside, as the Lead for Recruitment and Marketing and helped develop the new Personal and Professional Development (PPD) strand of training. I completed a post-graduate teaching qualification in 2010 and began working with the North Yorkshire Local Authority as a SEND Consultant. This post involved advising on SEN provision and mental health support within schools and colleges across the county. Most recently I have worked closely with Youth Offending Services across the North of England in helping build therapeutic services for vulnerable young people with a positive history of trauma and mental health difficulties.
My interests lie within the area of emotional resilience and promotion of mental health in vulnerable young people, including those with SEND and within the Youth Offending and Criminal Justice System. I am also interested in the development and assessment of trauma, with particular reference to trauma-informed child and family services.
As a member of the MSc in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice (DDCP) team I currently teach within the Assessment and Treatment of Developmental Disorders modules.