• About Us
  • Our Team
  • 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 seventeen 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 hoping to gain her doctorate status this year.

  • Dr Claire Page

    Educational Psychologist

    Claire is registered with the professional body HCPC allowing her to practice as an applied psychologist. Claire has eighteen 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.

  • Dr Mel Shirley

    Educational Psychologist

    Mel is an experienced Educational Psychologist and has worked for nearly 20 years with children and young people between the ages of 0-25, supporting a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Working with local authorities as an Educational Psychologist and Specialist Mel has also worked at Loughborough University completing diagnostic assessments for SpLDs. Mel is committed to identifying solutions for individual needs; overcoming barriers and enabling achievement. She specialises in autism and learning needs (dyslexia and general learning), as well as having expertise in attachment, anxiety and sensory needs.

  • Madalaine Nicol

    Lead Assistant Psychologist

    Madalaine began working for EPIC as a Voluntary Assistant Psychologist and has since progressed to the Lead Assistant Psychologist role. Madalaine holds a Masters degree in Health Psychology and is interested in children’s mental health, behaviour patterns, self-regulation and eating behaviour which stemmed from her dissertation research project. Madalaine has been instrumental in the development of workshops and delivered interventions in biofeedback and creative play; as well as being a trained facilitator in an anxiety prevention programme, Massage in Schools program, and Solihull Parenting. Madalaine has experience working with Primary school children through providing classroom assistance and one to one sessional support. She wishes to gain as much experience across schools to support her in pursuing a career as an Educational Psychologist.

  • Naeema Patel

    Assistant Psychologist

    Naeema graduated in Psychology from De Montfort University in 2018 achieving a First-Class Honours and is currently completing her Master’s in Health Psychology. Naeema has previously assisted in a project alongside a senior psychologist in delivering game workshops to promote healthy eating in young children. In addition to this, Naeema has assisted in screening articles for a qualitative systematic review looking at the acceptability and usability of Digital Health Intervention for mental illnesses in adults. Naeema is interested in young children’s Mental health and the behaviours and cognitive functioning of young children experiencing Autism.

  • Molly McElligott

    Psychology Service Assistant

    Molly is currently studying Psychology at Loughborough University, with a growing interest in Educational Psychology as a career path. Some of her modules so far have included human cognition, developmental psychology, psychological disorders in society, and social communication. Throughout her placement at EPIC, she is keen to further explore Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness in children, as well as children’s neurological and social development throughout primary school.

  • Sophie Nelson

    Psychology Service Assistant

    Sophie is an undergraduate at Loughborough University studying Business Psychology, working with us during her final year to gain experience of Educational Psychology. She is interested in children’s mental health, particularly in the areas of SEN and ASD and would like to pursue these areas in her future career.

  • Hannah Holding

    Psychology Service Assistant

  • Amy Richards

    Administration and Communication Manager


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