BA (Hons), MEd
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
I am currently in my third and final year of Clinical Psychology training. My specialist placement is in the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Service - working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders. My role includes working as part of a multidisciplinary team to undertake assessments of ASD and ADHD. I also provide direct and indirect psychological interventions to the young people and their system.
For my dissertation, I am undertaking research in collaboration with the ANDY research team at the University of Reading. The focus of this research investigates the role of focus of attention as a maintenance factor in social anxiety in children.
My previous placements include, working with the paediatric psychology service at the John Radcliffe Hospital; a community adult mental health service in Slough; a community adult learning disability service in Reading, and a community older adult service in Oxford city.
I am passionate about child and adolescent mental health, and have a particular interest in child anxiety disorders. Stemming from my previous roles as an Assistant Psychologist, I also have a keen interest in the improvement of service delivery.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Childhood and Youth Studies at University of Exeter, and having decided to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, I followed this with a Masters in Psychology at the University of Bristol. Before starting at Oxford, I gained experience in Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy, and went on to hold three different Assistant Psychologist positions; two in Child Mental Health services and my final AP position at South London and Mausdsley Trust. During this time, I completed service delivery projects in the partnership between The Tavistock and Portman, South London and Maudsley (SLaM), and Bupa. This position provided me with a unique experience of service delivery and transformation across the private and public sector, while developing skills in leadership, consultation and evaluation. I also undertook clinical work at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma.
Best poster for research submitted at the 2016 Paediatric Psychology conference, entitled 'A Service Evaluation to Investigate Psychological Benefits for Parents Staying in Specialist Hospital Accommodation