Catalyst has had the pleasure of having Louise as a partner psychologist since 2018. She is an experienced educational psychologist qualifying in 2004 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Louise has worked within the UK and abroad with pupils of all ages, from early years to young people in college.
Louise completed her doctorate in 2012 at the University of Manchester. Her thesis researched transition planning for pupils moving from secondary schools to post-16 opportunities. This work has led to publications in research journals and further involvement in developing the role of the educational psychologist, particularly since the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014. Louise has also been selected to work in focus groups organised to respond to these changes in the doctorate training of educational psychologists. Within her local authority roles, she has worked within working groups focused on supporting provision for young adults with SEND and on systemic issues relevant to positive transition practice, in both primary to secondary and secondary to post-secondary settings.
Louise is an accredited supervisor and has held specialist roles related to the Autism Spectrum, including managing multi-disciplinary teams working within mainstream, special and post-16 educational settings. Louise is also an honorary lecturer on the Child and Educational Psychology doctorate at the University of Manchester and a senior practitioner within a local authority.