Educational Psychologists (PEP, SEPs, EPs, & TEPs)

Updated: 30/05/22

 

Dr James Thatcher EBSS_161101_13-25-04 Principal Educational Psychologist 
As the Principal EP of EPSS and contributing to local authority strategic developments, James has particular overall responsibility for the development of traded work, for the ASD team, and for the Trainee EP scheme. James is committed to developing approaches to meeting children’s needs within their communities and to parent and child participation in Service evaluation and development
Dr Ian Mann Senior Educational Psychologist
Since qualifying as an educational psychologist in 2004, Ian has offered ongoing psychological support to schools throughout Norfolk. He has a keen interest in supporting the emotional well-being of all children and young people, through direct therapeutic work (for example, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), consultative casework, and through whole-school, systemic interventions.
Dr Helena Bunn EBSS_161101_13-24-01 Senior Educational Psychologist
Helena is an experienced educational psychologist, with a portfolio including local, national and international projects focused on educational inclusion for children with special educational needs and those publicly fostered. Helena’s key interest in promoting virtuous cycles of development for vulnerable children is reflected across her professional initiatives.
EBSS_161101_14-09-07  Elaine Nickolls Senior Educational Psychologist
Elaine is an experienced educational psychologist and member of the leadership team, with interests in autism and neurodiversity. Prior to training to become an EP, she had experience of working with pre-school children and then across the school age-range as a learning support teacher and, later, as a secondary SENCo. Elaine is passionate about applying psychology to ensure that all children can be the best they can be and can enjoy their time in education, whatever their needs.
Dr Sue Ackerley EBSS_161101_14-30-27 Senior Educational Psychologist 
Sue is an Educational Psychologist who has also had a wide range of teaching experiences in both mainstream and specialist settings; this included eight years working for a specialist outreach service to support students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Suffolk. In addition to ASD, she also has a special interest in mental health issues, being passionate about promoting inclusion,  self-advocacy and emotional wellbeing using holistic approaches.
EBSS_161101_13-26-41  Dr Karen Fields Senior Educational Psychologist
Karen is a Child and Educational Psychologist passionate about making the voice of children heard where it matters.  She has lots of experience in working with children of all ages and loves being a member of the EPSS.
Dr Sarah Hatfield Senior Educational Psychologist
Sarah has worked as an educational psychologist for 15 years, spending 7 of these years working as a specialist senior psychologist for Looked After Children. Sarah was responsible for setting up the Norfolk Boarding Partnership in 2008 and retains involvement with the project as part of EPSS wider working.
EBSS_161101_14-05-37 Sean O’Donoghue Educational Psychologist 
Sean has been working as an Educational Psychologist in Norfolk for thirty years, having previously been a SENDCo in East London. He presently works in North Norfolk in both urban and rural schools. He has a developing interest in SEND/EAL. Individual casework remains central to his work.
Dr Lucy Kimber EPSS_LK_a Educational Psychologist 
Lucy is an Educational and Child Psychologist. Her interests are in supporting children and young people with social emotional and mental health needs, by working collaboratively with their school and families. She enjoys working directly with children using therapeutic approaches and is keen to advocate for the needs of vulnerable children.
Jane Sarmezey Educational Psychologist
Jane is an experienced Educational Psychologist.  Special interests include working to support children who have experienced early trauma, and therapeutic work with children (including therapeutic storywriting and therapeutic play).  Jane emphasises the need to consider all contextual factors when promoting the education and life chances of children with additional needs.
Dr Kirsty Daniels Senior Educational Psychologist
Kirsty is an Educational Psychologist, she completed her Doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Southampton. She has experience of working with school children across the school age-range as a learning support teacher. Kirsty has interests in the application of positive psychology to help adults and children achieve their potential; inclusive approaches in schools and communities, and in particular the impact of belonging on social, emotional and academic development.
Dr Emma Speed  Educational Psychologist
Emma Speed is an Educational Psychologist who trained at the University of East London. Prior to this Emma has worked both locally and internationally with children and young people. She has an interest in conducting research to inform practice, which has included exploring High school students’ perspectives of the curriculum, and the relationship between music and language skills of children in the Early Years. She has also been involved in a collaborative research project supporting pupils’ transition to High school. In her practice Emma has a particular interest in Early Intervention and children’s Early Years, and in using creative support strategies.
Dr Sarah Raspin EBSS_161101_14-18-08 Educational Psychologist
Sarah is an Educational Psychologist that received her Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology at the University of Nottingham.  Her previous experience includes teaching music and performing arts, further study in cognitive neuroscience and working as an Assistant Educational Psychologist.
Reut Einav Polturak Educational Psychologist
Reut is an Educational Psychologist who is experienced in working with children with special educational and emotional needs, using a holistic approach. Her interest is in supporting children and parents through direct therapeutic work and collaborative work with schools through regular consultations. She uses an open minded and empathic approach and employs eclectic techniques to match the most suitable intervention to each child.
Dr Hester Howells Educational Psychologist
Hester is an HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist and has extensive experience of working with children and adults, completing individual assessments and making tailored recommendations for each child or adult. Hester is experienced in working with children and adults with a range of needs, such as dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and dyspraxia. Hester is currently studying a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, and is in Y3 of her 3 year course
Dr. Lloyd Smith Educational Psychologist
Lloyd is an Educational Psychologist that received his Doctorate at the University of East London. He has previously worked as an Assessment Consultant, a Teaching Assistant and a Support Worker in the community. Lloyd is passionate about working with and supporting parents of children and young people with SEND.
Dr. Kirstie Summers EPSS_KS_a Educational Psychologist 
Kirstie is an Educational Psychologist that received her Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this, Kirstie worked for the mental health charity Mind and at a Specialist Resource Base for children and young people with Autism. She has a particular interest in supporting children and young people’s social and emotional development. Kirstie has recently joined the Critical Incident Team.
Dr. Richard Smith Educational Psychologist
Richard is an Educational Psychologist that received his doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of East Anglia. He has over 10 years of experience working with children and young people in the field of applied psychology, both within health and social care settings. He has an interest in working with children and young people who have specific learning difficulties, neurodiversity conditions as well as those with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Richard is also interested in using therapeutic approaches to help children manage the social and emotional challenges relating to learning. Richard has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Neuropsychology.
Rachel Wade Trainee Educational Psychologist
Rachel Wade is a year 3 Trainee Educational Psychologist currently undertaking a doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of East Anglia.  Rachel initially joined the EPSS team as a Research and Development Assistant/ Assistant Educational Psychologist. Rachel also has experience of working as a primary school teacher and holds a BSc in Psychology, Childhood and Aging.
Louise Somner Trainee Educational Psychologist
Louise is a Trainee Educational Psychologist currently undertaking her doctorate in Educational Psychology at UEL. Louise has worked with children and young people in a range of educational settings and roles – including working as a teacher in mainstream primaries and an ASC Specialist Resource Base, being involved in the setting up and running of a therapeutic school for Looked After Children and undertaking advisory work around SEMH. She is passionate about supporting and engaging hard to reach children and families and hopes to work alongside service users to find solutions, embed child-centred approaches and encourage sustainable inclusive practice.
Paul Codling Trainee Educational Psychologist
Paul was a secondary school teacher in a mainstream setting and in a Pupil Referral Unit. He also worked within a Learning Disabilities team and for CAMHS. Paul’s interests include psychotherapeutic interventions, mental health and well-being; working with children and young people at risk of school exclusion; Looked After Children, and neurodevelopmental differences, such as ADHD and Autism. Paul has a master’s degree in Psychology and Education and is currently a Trainee Educational and Child Psychologist.
Megan Purdy Trainee Educational Psychologist
Megan is a Trainee Educational Psychologist currently undertaking a doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of East Anglia. Megan has previously worked in an Autism speciality school, an eating disorder in-patient unit and in a personality disorder treatment service inside a prison. Megan’s areas of interest are supporting children and young people who have been involved with offending and the promotion of autonomy and personhood in those with learning disabilities.
Max Vannucci Trainee Educational Psychologist
Max is a Trainee Educational Psychologist currently undertaking a doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of East Anglia. Max has worked in a variety of educational settings, including alternative and specialist provisions, and has particular interest in supporting young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. Max is passionate about celebrating difference, solution-oriented practice, and developing restorative alternatives to school exclusion.
Jozsef Szabo-Hemmings Trainee Educational Psychologist
Joey is a Trainee Educational Psychologist currently undertaking his doctorate in Educational Psychology at UEA. Joey has worked with children in a variety of roles in different countries. He received an MSc in School Psychology from Leiden University in the Netherlands, where his dissertation explored the role of empathy in the quality of friendships in children and young people. Joey continues to be interested in social and emotional skills and ways which these can be developed at school.
Shaunna McClean Research & Development Assistant/ AEP
EPSS