• About Us
  • Our Team
  • Paula Hopkins
  • Dr Claire Page
  • Zoë King
  • Mel Shirley
  • Gabbi Wood
  • Alice Bateman
  • Hannah Bishop
  • Amy Richards
  • Paula Hopkins

    Senior Educational Psychologist

    A Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology. Paula is registered with the professional body HCPC, allowing her to practice as an applied psychologist. Paula has fifteen years’ experience as an educational psychologist and has worked as a Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist with Leicestershire County Council and as an EP with Gloucestershire County Council before joining EPIC in 2015. Paula is the service lead and director of EPIC and has key interests in children’s mental health (particularly anxiety), attachment and relationships, working memory and social processing. Paula has published research articles on group work and nurturing classrooms and is currently studying for her doctorate in psychology.

  • Dr Claire Page

    Educational Psychologist

    Claire is registered with the professional body HCPC allowing her to practice as an applied psychologist. Claire has sixteen years’ experience as an educational psychologist and worked as a Senior EP with Leicestershire County Council, specialising in supporting vulnerable children, before joining EPIC in June 2016. Claire has a particular interest in attachment theory, social, emotional and mental health and how psychological frameworks based in these areas can support children, young people and families who are struggling with difficult-to-manage behaviours and feelings. Claire is also Level 1 Theraplay trained and is involved with the training and support of ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants). She is an experienced Solihull Approach trainer and has run Solihull groups for parents.

  • Zoë King

    Educational Psychologist

    Zoë has been working as an Educational Psychologist for sixteen years and has worked for services in Leicestershire and Barking and Dagenham prior to joining EPIC in July 2016. She is a registered practitioner with HCPC and is also a qualified teacher. Zoë is interested in children’s mental health and resilience, and has worked in a family therapy clinic with children and families where there are mental health difficulties. She has also worked in a specialist team supporting young people with anxiety related attendance difficulties. Zoe is an experienced Solihull Approach trainer and has run Solihull groups for parents. Other areas of professional interest include attachment and relational trauma, anxiety, bereavement, autism and applying therapeutic approaches within a school setting. She has completed Level 1 Theraplay training.

  • Mel Shirley

    Educational Psychologist

    Melanie has been working as an educational psychologist for 15 years and has worked for services in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire where she held the role of Specialist Senior for Autism. A Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and registered with the professional body HCPC. Melanie has particular interests in Autism, attachment theory and early years; as well as sensory processing needs.

  • Gabbi Wood

    Assistant Psychologist

    Gabbi is a psychology graduate from Loughborough University seeking to gain the experience required for pursuing a career as an Educational Psychologist. Gabbi was educated in Leicestershire and has experience of working with primary age pupils including children with SEN in a teaching assistant role, as well as voluntary work with vulnerable teenagers in conjunction with a well-established East Midlands charity. Gabbi has a determination to work in a field that will allow her to help ensure children can lead happy and secure lives and has an interest in child development, mental health and wellbeing. Gabbi will assist the Educational Psychologists and volunteer Assistant Psychologists, as well as support the schools within the partnership.

  • Alice Bateman

    Assistant Psychologist

    Alice is a psychology graduate from The University of Sheffield with an aspiration to learn more about educational psychology. Alice has work experience with primary school children including pupils with learning difficulties and autism. Additionally, Alice has volunteered alongside learning mentors and a team supporting secondary age students with challenging behaviour which is something she wishes to pursue further.

    Alice received a 1st class mark for her dissertation which investigated counterfactual thinking, emotion regulation and intentions. She is keen to extend this project further with child participants to learn more about children’s behaviour patterns.

  • Hannah Bishop

    Psychology Service Assistant

    Hannah is a psychology undergraduate studying at Loughborough University with a desire to expand her psychological framework and apply this to educational settings. Hannah has a passion for working with children, young people and their families to promote a sense of fulfilment and security. This is evident through her experiences providing residential respite for young carers, volunteering in a range of primary schools and in an orphanage overseas. Hannah’s academic interests include child development, autism and attachment theory. Hannah will assist the Educational Psychologists and help with the running of the service as well as support the schools within the partnership.

  • Amy Richards

    Administrator

    Amy joined the team in 2015 and has been pivotal in establishing the systems in place that have made EPIC’s development a success. Having previously worked in the private sector and completing a PGCE before joining the team, Amy is well equipped to help schools with a range of enquires. Working within EPIC and Affinity Teaching School Alliance Amy has the knowledge and experience towards coordinating case work, developing and overseeing courses and ensuring school need and demand is managed as a point of contact for both organisations.

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