Dr. Melanie Adkins is a Senior Educational Psychologist and Play Therapist in a local authority (LA) and runs her own company, Colour Me Happy Ltd.
Melanie trained as an Educational Psychologist at the Tavistock Centre in 2005/6 and has been working in the same LA since this time. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Psychology at UCL, between 2008 and 2014, whilst working and starting her family.
Melanie has recently been seconded to work as the Year 2 Lead and Academic Tutor for the Child Development, Assessment and Intervention strand on the Professional Doctorate of Child Community and Educational Psychology at the Tavistock Centre/University of Essex. Melanie was delighted to take part in the standardisation project for the WISC V and WIAT III for Pearson during 2014 and 2016. It was an example of continued professional development at its best.
The experience has affected her day to day practice with children and schools and trainees. Melanie has been a WISC User since she started training as an Educational Psychologist, although she keeps her hand in with other assessments available. Melanie lives in Bucks with her husband and two children.
Jagdish is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and a Director of FocusChange Ltd, which operates FocusPsychology. She is the Practice Lead, managing the team of experienced practitioners and setting the high quality benchmark for professional practice. Jagdish brings a unique set of skills to this role and has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and adults in a variety of settings. In addition to her work in schools and other organisations, Jagdish works as an Expert Witness for the Family Courts. Jagdish’s particular area of expertise is the influence of culture on constructs around parenting and child development and its influence on attachment.
Jadish Barn presents Pupil Aspire webinars
Betty is head of Children’s Occupational Therapy for the Royal Free Hospital, London. The service includes schools, nurseries and the CDT in the London Borough of Camden.
Betty is also a consultant OT at University College London Hospital (UCLH) and a lecturer in the medical school at University College London (UCL). She manages the largest paediatric Occupational Therapy service in London.
Clinically she specialises in the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental difficulties and in early intervention. Betty is a trainer in the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS).
In 1998 she and a psychologist at Cambridge University (England) established the UK Brazelton Centre - now a registered charity which trains hundreds of health professionals in the UK in the NBAS and Newborn Behaviour Observation (NBO).
In 2000 Betty and a physiotherapy colleague in the Bobath Centre London wrote the content for the very popular ‘Early Assessment and Intervention’ course based on Bobath (NDT) which has been taught in more than 10 countries worldwide. Betty has had many awards for her work including the recent ‘Pioneering neonatal therapy’ award presented by NANT (USA).
Betty also teaches and trains internationally on the Bayley III and acts in an advisory capacity to many research projects.
Betty's career revolves around writing, research and teaching, and working with parents and clinicians to improve outcomes for all high risk infants and children with special needs.
Claire Parsons is the sales consultant for Pearson Clinical Assessment covering the South of England, Mid and South Wales. She has been working for Pearson since 2008 after graduating from Southampton Solent University with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology. Claire also received her MSc in Forensic Psychology and Crime in 2015 after studying via a distance learning course at Coventry University. She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology.
Claire has also spent time working as an assistant psychologist in a private practice working under the supervision of a chartered clinical psychologist with adults with brain injury.
Dr Darren Dunning
Dr Dunning completed both his BSc and MSc at Durham University, and his PhD at the University of York. He is interested in working memory and its role in learning and developmental disorders.
His research has focussed on developing assessments to characterise the cognitive profiles of children with mathematical difficulties and poor working memory skills. In his current work he is developing and evaluating interventions to help remediate working memory impairments in various developmental groups, including those with working memory difficulties, dyslexia, ADHD and acquired brain injury.
Dr Dunning presents Cogmed Online Coach Training.
Ellie Parkes is the Sales and Exhibitions Consultant for Pearson Clinical Assessment.
Her geographical area covers the Home Counties and West Midlands. Ellie has been working for Pearson since 2005 and her role also encompasses managing our attendance at study days, conferences and exhibitions. After graduating from Luton University with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology, with a semester spent studying at the University of West Florida, Ellie worked at a charity supporting people with complex disabilities and also at a residential school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Dr Ruth Tully
Dr Ruth Tully is a consultant forensic psychologist (HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered) who has worked across correctional and clinical-forensic settings in both the public and private sector. She has a wealth of experience in forensic psychology and alongside regularly giving expert witness evidence, she is currently a clinical-academic assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, where she is involved in training the next generation of doctoral-level forensic psychologists. Dr Tully specialises in sexual and violence risk assessment as well as personality assessment.
Shelley Hughes is a Senior Product Manager for Pearson Clinical Assessment, with global responsibility for the Occupational Therapy portfolio of assessment and intervention materials. Prior to taking up this position Shelley was a member of the research and development team for Pearson Clinical Assessment with responsibility for the UK occupational therapy and training portfolios. This included working with the USA office on product developments, for example: leading the revision of the Sensory Profile 2 for the USA; managing Cogmed working Memory Training in the UK; managing training programs and product developments in the UK.
Shelley graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc [hons] in Occupational Therapy in 1994; her early career focused on child development and school based therapy, gaining extensive experience in the USA before returning to the UK in 1998, where she continued practising as a Senior Occupational Therapist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital before joining Pearson Clinical Assessment (formerly The Psychological Corporation) in early 2001.