We have a multidisciplinary team at Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre, offering a wide range of experience, skills and knowledge about ADHD, Autism and related conditions.
Dr Polly Branney qualified as a GP in 1995 and developed a special interest in ADHD and autism in 2011 following the diagnosis of a family member. This inspired her to set up the Centre, which was officially opened in February 2016. She now spends all of her time running the Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre and working alongside the specialist Psychiatrists and Psychologists. She is actively involved in teaching local GPs and their trainees about ADHD and arranges study days for school SENCOs. She is an Executive Board member of UKAP (UK ADHD Partnership), and contributes towards educating and promoting awareness of ADHD to allied professionals. She is an Expert Adviser for the NICE Centre for Guidelines and was involved in updating the ADHD NICE Guidelines, published in April 2018.
Professor Peter Hill is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive training and qualifications in general medicine, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and paediatrics. His main work nowadays is in private practice, focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illness in the young. He has previously headed departments at St George’s, University of London, (where he was foundation professor of child mental health in the University of London), and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Over the years he has advised government departments in the UK and overseas on child mental health issues, particularly service delivery. He has been a key opinion leader in ADHD for some twenty years, and writes, lectures and advises on the management of ADHD nationally and internationally.
Dr Tanya McGregor was born and raised in South Africa and she studied Medicine at the University of Cape Town.She immigrated to the UK in 1996 and trained in Psychiatry in Oxford, completing her training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
She returned to Oxford in 2005 as a Consultant, and has worked for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust for 12 years as a CAMHS Consultant.
She has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of children with neuro-developmental disorders.
Dr Anastasios Galanopoulos works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a member of the expert Adult ADHD/Autism Spectrum Disorders team of the National Specialist Adult ADHD/ASD service at the Maudsley Hospital. In addition he runs the Adult ADHD East and Coastal Kent Satellite Service and the Croydon Adult ADHD Service. He is honoured to hold an honorary clinical researcher’s contract at the Department of forensic and neurodevelopmental science at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London. He is an associate specialist member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. His main research interests include the neurobiology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults and especially the presence of sleep difficulties in adults with Neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr Anne Carbonnier has been a consultant in child adolescent psychiatry since 2010. She qualified as a GP in France in 1998 and moved to the UK where she trained in paediatrics and psychiatry. She is the medical lead in a local specialist community Child and Adolescent Mental Service where she offers assessment and treatment for children and young people aged 5-18 with complex mental health issues including ADHD, autism / autism spectrum conditions, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, psychosis and other complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is also trained in family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy as well as coaching, mentoring and management.
Dr Rashmi Chakraborty is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who has expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating a range of mental health problems, including Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and Chronic Motor and Vocal Tics Disorder. She is also experienced in diagnosing Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and managing associated problems, such as anxiety and/or challenging behaviour. She has a special interest in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, namely ADHD, ASD, and Tourette’s Syndrome. Rashmi qualified as a doctor in India. She moved to the UK in 1998 and completed her entire psychiatry training here, initially in Sheffield, where she qualified as a Psychiatrist, and then in Oxford, where she specialised as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. From 2011 to 2019, she was a consultant in the Buckinghamshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, four years of which she was the Clinical Lead for the Neurodevelopmental Pathway. She now works solely in the Independent Sector.
Dr Cassie Coleman is a Paediatrician with a specialist interest in Autism, ADHD, and Child Mental Health. A Locum Consultant Community Paediatrician at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust, Cassie qualified from the University of Southampton in 2005, and then completed her specialist paediatric training, during which she held an honorary contract with the neurodevelopmental service at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her interest in Autism dates back to 2004, when she completed research with pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorders. To complement her clinical mental health training within the CAMHS service, she undertook a postgraduate qualification from Kings College London in Advanced Paediatrics (Child Mental Health) in 2018. Cassie is on the executive committee for the Paediatric Mental Health association, is passionate about mental health in children, and has spoken at national conferences including the RCPCH, about the importance of integrated pathways of care for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr Haido Vlachos MBBCH, MRCPsych, PG Dip Applied Systemic Theory (UEL), PGCCE with Distinction (OBU). Dr Vlachos completed her specialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Oxford. She has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for the last 15 years, with additional interests in developing colleagues, promoting excellence balanced with humanity in medical education, and pragmatic clinical research. Her main area of clinical specialism is neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and ADHD, and the mental health of children with learning disabilities. In her previous role as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, she was the local lead for the Neuropsychiatry and Neurodevelopmental Pathway. Her work in this area garnered her the 2017 Women Leaders MK awards for both Professional Services and Public Services. Her current Clinical work for the Cambian Group involves the assessment and treatment of a range of disorders in younger children and adolescents with autism and learning disabilities, (including among others depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, OCD, eating disorders, and emotional and behavioural disorders). She delivers treatments in the following therapeutic modalities: Psychopharmacology; Behavioural Therapy; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Family therapy; and Psychodynamic psychotherapy, in addition to complex multisystems work, particularly when child protection issues are involved.
Among her other roles, she is also a GMC-accredited trainer for both the Core Psychiatry and Higher Specialty Training Schemes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Oxford Scheme with enhanced professional supervision and appraisal skills, and an Associate Dean for Professional Support at Health Education England-Thames Valley (formerly the Oxford Deanery) where she focuses on physician well being and resilience.
Dr Alison Lennox MA (Cantab), MBBS, MRCPsych, PGCert, FHEA. Dr Lennox is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist with a special interest in ADHD. She graduated from the University of Cambridge before completing her medical degree at University College London. She moved to Oxford in 2010 and trained in a variety of psychiatry specialties before qualifying as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry with an additional endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. She now works privately and within the NHS. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Association of Psychopharmacology, participates in research and recently published a systematic review of the use of melatonin in mood disorders. Alison has an active interest in teaching psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is passionate about helping adults of all ages to access the correct diagnosis, treatment and support.
Dr Athina Zakynthinaki is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 15 years of clinical experience, working within CAMHS multidisciplinary teams supporting and promoting mental health, as well as treating young people with a variety of mental health conditions and complex presentations. Athina was born in Greece and graduated from the Medical Faculty of Cluj Napoca in Romania in 2000 before completing her speciality training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Athens and CAMH Service in Athens Greece in 2011. Athina has completed training in Family therapy at Intermediate level in Greece, DBT training and EMDR therapy in the UK. Since 2011 Athina has worked in the NHS as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, both in generic CAMHS and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinics. She has developed Neurodevelopmental pathways for West London Mental Health Trust -Hounslow Neurodevelopmental Clinic, as well as clinical pathways in other CAMHS services. She has a special interest in Neurodevelopmental disorders and currently undertaking an MSc in Autism Studies at the University of Kent. Athina is also experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, ASD and related co-morbidities such as anxiety, depression, Tourette’s, PTSD and OCD.
Dr Obeagaeli Ani has been a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2007 and has worked extensively both in the NHS and in the private sector. Currently, her main work focuses on specialist multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Conditions in children and young people. She completed her psychiatry training on the Charing Cross General Psychiatry Scheme, and The Great Ormond Street/ The London Child and Adolescent Higher Training Scheme. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She is keen to promote a greater awareness of neurodevelopmental disorders and child mental health conditions and she volunteers some of her time and clinical expertise to support students undertaking a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Nigeria.
Dr Anna Graham works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist in a busy CAMHS clinic in South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust. She has worked in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult for thirty years and qualified at Imperial Medical School in 1987. She has extensive experience of assessing and supporting young people with neurodevelopmental disorders and also worked for the specialist ADHD team in Croydon CAMHS. She has worked extensively with the following conditions: ADHD, ASD, depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, psychosis, attachment disorders, emerging personality disorders, PTSD and developmental trauma. As well as psychopharmacology, she has experience and training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mentalisation Based therapy. She is passionate about using assessment and liaison to support young people and families to meet their abilities and lead the best lives possible. This work helps to provide an understanding of the complexities of each child and young person to meet and enjoy their unique potential.
Emma Woodhouse is a Neurodevelopmental Specialist at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She has extensive clinical and research experience, and has worked at The Maudsley Adult outpatient ASC/ADHD service, The National Autism (inpatient) Unit at The Bethlem Hospital and The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Emma is an experienced trainer and supervisor in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule –Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R). She has completed over 1,000 ADOS-2 and ADI-R assessments, which includes high profile medicolegal work. Emma is a qualified integrative counsellor and member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and works therapeutically with both adults and children. Emma is a member of the UK ADHD Partnership with a particular interest in ADHD and co-occurring conditions. In addition to ASC and ADHD, she has a particular interest in working with gender dysphoria, personality disorders and forensics. Emma runs workshops about ASC and ADHD, and has contributed to a number of research publications.
Dr Mandy Smiton has specialised in working with children and adolescents since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005. She has worked in the NHS for a local child and adolescent mental health service and in two specialist teams working with children with social communication difficulties. In addition to this, she has also worked within a neuropsychiatry team in Oxford seeing children with a complex range of neurodevelopmental conditions including ASD, ADHD, Tourette’s and specific learning difficulties. Mandy guest teaches on the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology on neurodevelopmental disorders and on the University of Bath doctoral programme on tic disorders.
Dr Claire Rowbury is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Neurodevelopmental Service. Claire’s interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD began during her early career when as a Developmental Psychologist, she was part of a research team at the University of Nottingham which explored the impact of Neurological and sensory conditions on infant social development. Recently, Claire has completed specialist training in clinical supervision which has led to her developing her role as a clinical supervisor to other team professionals. Currently, Claire is part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Neurodevelopmental Service, assessing children from the age of three to seventeen years and contributing to the provision of psychological therapies to children and young people.
Dr Lorna Showell is a Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years’ experience working across NHS and independent sectors. She has worked as a Principal Clinical Psychologist in Neurodevelopmental services, completing specialist assessments, formulations, interventions and evaluations. Also providing psychological consultancy and supervisions to colleagues. She has developed group programmes for young people and families and specialist training on Autism. Lorna has completed additional training in the specialist psychological assessment of Autism at The Lorna Wing Centre, is trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and 3di specialist diagnostic interview. She has also undergone additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and attachment based approaches. Lorna has experience and a special interest in working with young people using sensory based approaches and the differential diagnostic assessment of young people with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Attachment and Trauma.
Dr Suzanne Smith is a Clinical Psychologist who, since qualifying in 2009 has specialised in assessment and intervention of children on the Autism Spectrum and has worked for the past 11 years in the NHS. She is currently part of South Warwickshire Neurodevelopmental Service assessing and supporting children and young people aged between 3-17 and has written and delivered groups for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum. Suzanne has extensive experience in ADOS 2 and Cognitive assessments and has particular interests in gender disparities within Autism and Attachment. In addition, Suzanne is a guest lecturer at Coventry and Warwick University Psychology Masters course. Prior to training as a Clinical Psychologist, she worked for 6 years in various forensic and inpatient settings.
Dr Mia Harrison has worked within the NHS as a psychologist for over 10 years. She has worked with children and families in a range of different settings providing assessments and interventions for mental health difficulties and neurodevelopmental conditions. She also has training in attachment models and approaches via DDP Level 1 and 2 as well as further training in CBT approaches. Mia maintains a holistic approach to working with children and young people keeping the child at the centre and considering multiple perspectives to formulate for each individual. Mia has worked for Oxford ADHD centre for the past year whilst maintaining her NHS role elsewhere in the Midlands.
Dr Jack Hollingdale is a Clinical Psychologist working in the Service for Complex Autism & Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders team, at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital. He gained his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London. He has extensive clinical and research experience in mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. He has experience working clinically with children, adults and families experiencing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other co-occurring neurodevelopmental conditions and mental health difficulties. He also has experience administering a range of screening and diagnostic tools for specialist clinical assessments and research purposes, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI–R). In his clinical work, he is committed to empowering individuals to reclaim their strengths and to support them in developing their resilience, self-esteem and overall well-being.
Dr Marcelina Watkinson is a chartered Clinical Psychologist, with a degree in Psychology (BA), a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology (MSc) and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). Marcelina draws on a range of approaches in her work. She is trained in DDP L1 and L2, and applies attachment-based interventions to children who have experienced developmental trauma. She is also experienced in offering cognitive therapies, such as CBT and ACT. Additionally, Marcelina has a special interest in the assessment of ADHD and Autism, including children and young people where the presentation is also influenced by early attachment disruption or trauma. She is very enthusiastic about offering holistic therapeutic parenting interventions. This work involves understanding what causes children to behave in certain ways, and to support families to make sense of, and appropriately respond to, the behaviours that children present with.
Elizabeth Winks is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurodevelopmental disorders. A Registered General Nurse and qualified Health Visitor, she has a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and extensive experience of working with children and young people with a range of mental health difficulties. During the past 5 years she has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders and as part of this, has facilitated regular workshops for parents of children who have recently been diagnosed, offering them information and techniques to help them manage their children’s behaviour. These sessions have been well attended with positive feedback. She also works with children and young people who are on the autism spectrum on a one-to-one basis.
Gavin Partridge is a Mental Health Nurse Prescriber, who qualified as a Registered Nurse in Mental Health in 2006. He has a broad background working with adults and young adults with a range of acute and chronic mental health problems, in Central London and Oxfordshire. Gavin currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the NHS in Oxford, within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
He runs ADHD clinics, and helps to diagnose Autism in children. He is driven to help people with mental health conditions achieve their potential and realise their ambitions.
Mark Brady is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with a special interest in
autism. Mark completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Neuropsychology in Bath, before attending training in Psychological Therapies at Exeter University. Mark has over 10 years experience working across a range of NHS and independent settings, in both Primary and Intermediate Care Teams. Mark provides psychological interventions for a broad range of mental health difficulties as an accredited CBT Therapist. He also utilises Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Lego Therapy groups for children and provides social skills training for adults. Mark also works for autism diagnostic services and is both ADOS-2 and ADI-R trained.
Sam Barry qualified as a registered learning disabilities nurse in 1999. Her nursing career spans over 20 years with 15 of those being in senior nurse positions and management roles. Sam has worked with children and young people since 2009 in the role of Head of Healthcare at a secure training centre. Sam is currently a Senior Practitioner and NMP (nurse prescriber) for the NHS within a Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, providing care to children and young people with complex mental health needs, including diagnosis and treatment for ADHD patients. Sam is the pathway lead for anxiety and mood disorders, overseeing the treatment path of all patients on this pathway. Sam is also a trained Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and is part of the specialist DBT team within her CAMHS service. Sam supervises and supports other practitioners within the team and holds a position on the senior leadership team. In addition Sam is currently studying her Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice. Sam’s engaging personality ensures that families and children alike feel comfortable and supported within challenging times and whilst seeking professional support.
Alda Porter qualified as a Social worker in 2010 after previously working in a variety of community and education-based roles with children with a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD and in some cases associated learning disabilities. Since qualifying Alda has worked within statutory and voluntary sector community-based settings alongside adults, children, and young people, many of whom are neuro-divergent. This included a role as a Skills coach within a Multidisciplinary team and as a group facilitator at Oxfordshire County Council. Alda has a passion for working alongside individuals, helping them towards their identified goals, and places an emphasis on finding creative ways to work to build on individual strengths and resilience. Alda is also a Specialist Autism and Mental Health Mentor at the University of Oxford, supporting neuro-divergent students. She works on an individual basis with students who have a diagnosis of ADHD, Autism, and in some cases, associated Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Alda is able to provide 1:1 support to students to support them with developing strategies to help them not only to overcome barriers to completing academic tasks, but to manage difficult life experiences, transitions (such as leaving home), sustaining relationships and navigating periods of mental ill health whilst establishing working patterns that promote their wellbeing.
Cara Langford Watts MBPsS is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council. Cara has had a broad and varied background working directly with service users within Mental Health and Social Care services but also within senior management and strategic roles. Cara recently worked within CAMHS as an assistant psychologist, working within the forensic pathway and neurodevelopmental conditions. As well as working as a specialist Coach for individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions, Cara also works as a Specialist Autism and Mental Health Mentor at the Oxford Brookes University; supporting students who have a diagnosis of ADHD and/or Autism and in some cases associated mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Charlotte Jarvis has over 18 years’ experience in the NHS, working for the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Charlotte started her career in administrative roles supporting Orthopaedic Teams at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. She then gained Trust wide experience in an analytical role, before becoming the Business Analyst for the Orthopaedic Division; and ultimately an Elective Access Support and Performance Manager for the Trust. Charlotte joined the Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre at the beginning of 2019 as Practice Manager, and enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team, helping children and adults find the support they need to face their challenges and difficulties in life.
Jodie Webb is an assistant psychologist who graduated with her Master’s from Royal Holloway University of London in 2020 after gaining her undergraduate degree from The University of Northampton in 2019. She has experience working in an inpatient hospital with a range of mental health conditions including ASD, ADHD and LD as well as volunteering in the NHS as a research assistant. She enjoys being able to support individuals to gain the help and support to be able to achieve their goals. She is involved in administrating the DIVA for adult ADHD assessments, QB checks and assists with children’s assessments.
Caroline, Karen, Susannah and Steve complete our team, covering reception, administration duties and assisting with general enquiries.