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 the past 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 Jessica Gibson is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist with over 18 years’ experience in mental health, and works in both the NHS and private sectors. She completed her Medical training at King’s College London, and trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital London and the Oxford Deanery. Prior to this she completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. Jessica has special expertise in adult ADHD, mood disorders and mental illness in pregnancy and the postnatal period (perinatal psychiatry). Jessica enjoys teaching and holds a number of roles including: examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists; and Regional Representative for the Perinatal Section; teaches Psychiatry Trainees and Oxford University medical students. She is also active in research and has a number of publications in leading journals. She is the local Principal Investigator for two national perinatal research studies.
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 Zaiwalla trained in adult and paediatric neurology before pursuing an interest in paediatric epilepsy and paediatric neurophysiology. She was appointed Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Park Hospital in Oxford in 1991. The Park Hospital was a specialist Centre for children with complex epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders, including autistic spectrum disorders and ADHD; Dr Zaiwalla led this service with a neuropsychiatrist colleague. In the early 1990’s, the increase in referrals of children with sleep disorders lead to the development of combined paediatric epilepsy and sleep disorder services at the Park hospital.
With reorganisation of services in Oxford and closure of the Park Hospital, the services moved to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where Dr Zaiwalla established and led the paediatric and adult sleep disorder services, in addition to providing the regional paediatric EEG service, and continuing her interest in the diagnosis of epilepsy in children.
Dr Zaiwalla retired from the John Radcliffe Hospital in September 2018, but has returned to work part time, to support the paediatric sleep disorder service, focusing on training junior colleagues in diagnosing and management of childrens’ sleep disorders. Her expertise is in a range of sleep disorders, including in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, who have difficulty settling at bed time, or wake frequently, and or have sleep related movements or behaviours such as night terrors/ sleep walking, and children who are excessively sleepy during the day. She regularly teaches locally and nationally, and has publications in the field of sleep disorders in children.
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 Theresa Turner has extensive personal and professional experience of ASD. She is a BPS chartered psychologist and member of the subdivision of forensic psychology. Dr Turner is a senior forensic psychologist and forensic ASD specialist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and a senior psychologist for the Autism Diagnostic Research Centre in Southampton. She is ADOS-2, ADI-R and DIVA trained and works therapeutically with people post diagnosis and is also able to conduct a range of legal, court and pre-sentencing assessments. Dr Turner has training in Motivational Interviewing, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and offence related work. She has experience in the treatment of numerous difficulties in adults with ASD such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, schizophrenia, OCD trauma, violence/challenging behaviour, substance misuse and personality disorder. Dr Turner trains mental health and criminal justice professionals in the understanding and support of people with ASD.
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 Naira Wilson is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She completed her degree in Psychology at the University of East London (1994) and her doctoral course in Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University (2005). She has also completed additional training in family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, trauma focused treatments, mindfulness and dialectical behaviour therapy for young people with complex mental health difficulties. She specialises in childhood mental health and has worked in the NHS, in various capacities, for 20 years. She has previously worked extensively in a Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for Oxford Health Foundation Trust. She is a guest lecturer for the Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and supervises other trained and in-training Clinical Psychologists and mental health professionals.
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 Natasha Langan is a chartered Clinical Psychologist. Natasha was born in Ireland and completed her undergraduate studies at University College Cork and her postgraduate studies at University of Exeter and Southampton University. Natasha has worked in a local NHS Child and Adolescent Mental health team in Oxfordshire and over the past three years has worked with university students at Oxford University counselling service. Natasha has experience of working with young people presenting with a range of psychological difficulties drawing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. Natasha is currently completing further studies in psychosexual and relationship therapy.
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 clinical psychologist with 13 years of experience of working with children, young people and their families across a range of settings including education, residential care, support work and clinical psychology. Marcelina is very passionate about therapeutic parenting interventions, which are based in an attachment framework. This work involves understanding what causes children to behave in certain ways, and to support families make sense of, and appropriately respond to, the behaviours that children present with. Marcelina has a special interest in working with children who have experienced developmental trauma, and applies therapeutic interventions, mainly based in DDP, ACT and CBT, to families who experience a range of mental health difficulties and neurodevelopmental challenges (such as ADHD).
Dr Isabel Gregory is a qualified educational psychologist. She has worked in the field of child development for the past 20 years with a long term interest in communication. She works to combine the best available research evidence and helping children, young people and their families to better understand and manage developmental difficulties.
Stephanie Kucan is a paediatric Occupational Therapist specialising in working with children with developmental disorders including ADHD, Autism and DCD/Dyspraxia. Stephanie has postgraduate qualifications in sensory integration, and works with children with difficulties in self-regulation, motor skills learning, sensory eating difficulties. Stephanie has recently begun training in sensory attachment therapy and also works with children who have been adopted or are in care. She provides assessment of these areas and also works 1:1 with children and families on strategies they can encompass in everyday life at home or in school. Stephanie has run workshops for parents and teachers, presented seminars for students, and written articles for professional journals.
Richard Maguire has worked within the field of Health and Social Care for many years, with people with learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. In 2004 his role was formalised and he became a trainer and coach to Local Authority health and social care staff. In 2009 he began to do part-time freelance training work with schools, hospitals and numerous adult domiciliary and social care services and in 2010 he began work as a trainer, speaker and coach for Autism Oxford. In 2010 Richard was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and he has since had his first book published in 2014, “I dream in Autism.” His work is highly valued across the county and he is passionate about trying to ensure that others on the autism spectrum are enabled to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.
Elizabeth Winks is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurodevelopmental disorders. A Registered General Nurse and a 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 five years she has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders and as part of this, Elizabeth 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.
Chantal Karatas is a Specialist Dyslexia/Dyscalculia Tutor and Assessor. For the last 10 years, she has worked in Higher Education institutions (HE) teaching Maths, English and Study Skills to students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Aspergers/Autism, as well as students with mental health difficulties. She also offers 1:1 mentoring for students across their degree programmes. Topics include: time management, organisation, planning, academic writing, as well as building the student’s confidence and self- esteem. The aim is to develop metacognition and strategies to support each individual student, to achieve their full potential. Furthermore, she assesses for dyslexia and dyscalculia, across all ages, including writing diagnostic reports for the Disabled Students Allowance and work based assessments. She is also a visiting lecturer on a PGCE-Post Compulsory Education (FE/HE) programme for trainee teachers. Her remit is to raise awareness of inclusion, provide subject specific content, including multisensory teaching techniques, as well as undertake observations. In addition, she regularly delivers training in relation to raising awareness of dyslexia, dyscalculia, visual stress and ADHD and its impact on individuals to teachers, parents and other educators such as disability teams within universities
Susan Maloney has over 20 years’ experience in a range of operational, project and marketing management roles. Every role has required exceptional organisational skills and the ability to get things done. Susan achieves this through hard work, dedication and influence – skills which enable Susan to add value quickly in any situation. Susan provides a wide range of support to the centre, from marketing, website management, to practice management support.