Caroline qualified as an educational psychologist from the University of East London in 1999 and completed her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Manchester in 2009. She has worked in London and the North of England and spent 8 years working for Manchester Local Authority/One Education. In addition to her role as Catalyst partner educational psychologist, Caroline is assistant course director for the initial training programme in educational psychology at the University of Manchester.
Caroline is an experienced practitioner who has worked within local authority behaviour and autism teams. As the link educational psychologist for the Manchester Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Team she worked with health professionals to contribute to the assessment of children with possible autism and supported school staff and parents in meeting children’s educational needs. Caroline was also commissioned to lead the development of training for staff working in Manchester’s autism resource provision schools and to evaluate this initiative. She has also worked with health colleagues to develop and evaluate mental health training for school professionals.
Caroline is interested in staff CPD and supporting schools to build their capacity to meet the needs of a wide range of children. She regularly delivers training to school staff, PGCE and doctorate students, health professionals and academics, covering a range of topics including autism, developmental coordination disorder, mental health, supervision and solution focused brief therapy. Caroline has worked closely with schools to undertake a number of research projects developing practice and evidence based strategies to facilitate inclusion in mainstream schools.
Caroline is committed to working in partnership with parents and professionals. She consults regularly with parent groups and ensures that parent and young people’s perspectives are a key part of autism training she delivers.