Senior Educational Psychologist
Paula qualified as an educational psychologist from the University of Manchester in 2005. She worked for 10 years delivering core and traded services as a link psychologist to number of settings in the Rochdale area, including working with preschool providers, primary and secondary schools and specialist provisions for young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs at primary and secondary levels, and specialist settings for high school pupils with complex learning needs.
Paula is an experienced practitioner who has worked within a local authority team and as the link psychologist for the local CAMHS team. Paula has been commissioned to develop and conduct research to evaluate various local authority wide initiatives, including an evaluation of systemic approaches to reducing school exclusion and developing a universal provision to reduce domestic violence perpetration.
Paula is committed to contributing to the reduction of domestic abuse at the individual and community levels. She has worked to develop healthy relationships screening tools and an enhanced relationships intervention program. This work incorporates and contributes towards the new statutory PHSE requirements relating to sex and relationships education. She delivered training and workshops on this topic across primary and secondary settings, charities, teacher training and national and international conferences.
As a senior psychologist Paula jointly manages and co-ordinates the assistant psychology programme; developing new interventions and providing ongoing CPD and supervision for the assistant psychologists.