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Rosanna Samuel

BSc., MSc., PG Cert.

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

I'm currently in my third year of training and I'm on my specialist (year-long) placement working in the Children's Psychological Medicine team at the Oxford Children's Hospital. My specialist area of work within the team is with children who have heart conditions. I have completed my core placements with adults of working age, paediatrics, older adults and people with intellectual disabilities. I am particularly interested in working  with children and their families using an attachment and parenting framework.

For my thesis I am conducting a systematic review about parenting and children's behavioural outcomes in adoptive families. Additionally, I am conducting research (using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) with adoptive parents whose children have been violent, and for which they have used Non-Violent Resistance therapy.


Prior to training I spent about four years working in various prisons within their mental health teams as a support worker and then assistant psychologist. I also completed a MSc. in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University during this time. Following this, I completed a PG Cert in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions at UCL, whilst working in an Improving Access for Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.