What are Educational Psychologists?
Educational Psychologists have degrees in psychology (the study of how people think, feel and behave) and higher degrees in Educational Psychology which is the practical application of psychology to children and schools. Educational Psychologists currently employed in the service are trained teachers and have a minimum of two years teaching experience. They are bound by an international Codes of Ethics, and are registered with the British Psychological Society or the Hong Kong Psychological Society.
About the ESF Educational Psychology Services
The ESF Psychology Services provide a range of services in assessing children and young people with additional educational needs and supporting schools to plan interventions and implement supportive strategies. The service offers training for school staff to build the capacity and confidence of schools to respond to specific needs.
Our Educational Psychologists
Prior to joining ESF, Dean worked as a Senior Educational Psychologist for five years with the UK Ministry of Defense based in Germany. A key aspect of this role was the development of Special Educational Need support for the pre-school population, with a focus on the psychology of mobility and transition. Dean provided a consultation service to MoD schools in Europe and delivered central training on topics such autism awareness, emotional literacy support assistants, and grief and loss. Dean has research experience in autism and cognitive behavior therapy. His current interests include supporting the development of student’s self efficacy and becoming resilient learners. Before joining the MoD Dean worked in a number of Local Authorities as an Educational Psychologist in the UK.
Kathryn worked as an Educational psychologist in the UK for 12 years before being appointed as Head of Service for Social, Emotional and Mental Health, and this is her area of specialism. She is also a qualified primary school teacher. Kathryn has research experience in the link between anxiety and the impact on educational outcomes, as well as a number of related areas. Whilst working for her previous authority she set up and led the emotional literacy training for support assistants (ELSA). She has also led workshops in a number of areas such as Attachment and Trauma-informed Practice, Positive Approaches to Behaviour and Restorative Practice. Kathryn is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Health Care Professionals Council of the UK.
Matthew worked as a Senior Educational Psychologist for the local community, and as a guest lecturer providing training to teachers, prior to joining the ESF team. He is a qualified secondary school teacher and has previous experience working in the areas of children’s wellbeing and Chinese learning. He is currently undertaking his doctoral training at the University of Hong Kong, studying how eye tracking technology identifies students with ADHD and supports them in learning and assessment. During his postgraduate studies, Matthew was awarded the Dr. Geraldine Mao-Ng Prize in Psychology; a prize given to those who achieve the best overall performance and the best research dissertation. His research interests include neuropsychology, attention training, Chinese learning, achievement orientation and learning motivation.
Our Educational Psychologists have a range of interests and specialisms which include:
- Cognitive assessment
- Attachment difficulties
- Personal construct psychology
- Emotional Literacy
- Children’s Mental Health and wellbeing
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Critical incidents
- Play-based assessment
- Counselling techniques and mentoring of young people
- Working with parents and carers to support children
For students at ESF schools, accessing Educational Psychology services costs no additional charge. Each school will prioritise children for the Educational Psychologist’s attention on the basis of needs.