Educational Psychologists

Meet the Team

Dr Susan PosadaEducational Psychologist Susan Posada

Susan is One Education's Lead Educational Psychologist, directing our extensive team. She has 25 years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist in the North West.

Alongside her work as an Educational Psychologist Susan previously worked as an Academic and Professional Tutor on the post graduate training course for Educational Psychologists at The University of Manchester.

Her specialisms lie in early years, trauma & bereavement and therapeutic work for those affected by trauma and loss. She is also experienced in critical incident response and is interested in the psychology of leadership.

Dr Abigail Sterne 

Abigail has worked as an educational psychologist in Manchester and Oldham. She is a former secondary teacher of modern languages, special needs, head of year and European tour guide. She is a specialist practitioner for post 16 educational psychology.

Abigail is part of the Central Manchester CAMHS Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Team (SCAIT) and particularly enjoys running post-diagnosis workshops and drop-in advice sessions for the parents of children with autism. She is often in awe of the challenges parents face and the ingenuity and resilience they display. She also enjoys providing consultation and training to teachers about the needs of children with autism.

Abigail is lead author of Domestic Violence and Children (Routledge). She has worked with Oldham Family Crisis Group, Women’s Aid and Barnardos. She runs courses for educational professionals, has designed and delivered training for the police and conferences for young people. She also contributes to Educational Psychology and PGCE training courses. Abigail has also worked with fostering and adoption teams

Abigail has parented three teenagers. She is a school governor and in her free time, enjoys tennis, running and windsurfing.

Dr Anne Rushton Dr Anne Rushton, Educational Psychologist

Anne has over four decades of experience as an educational psychologist, working in a wide range of educational settings, multi-disciplinary teams and strategic groups, including 15 years as an academic and professional tutor.

Being passionate about understanding children and young people’s emotional needs, Anne has acted as an expert witness in complex child protection cases and worked extensively with a range of agencies, including Women’s Aid, the Lord Chancellor’s Department, and the Police, to improve responses to children.

Her own research looked at the impact of domestic violence on the emotional development of boys. She also has a long-term specialism in atypical development, including autism.

Having successfully set up and led a team of educational psychologists, Anne took partial retirement in 2013 to allow her to return to her roots as a hands-on caseworker.

Audrey Johnson Audrey Johnson, Educational Psychologist

Audrey is an Educational Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in education, working in a wide range of educational settings and multi-disciplinary teams.

Audrey previously worked as a Primary School Teacher in the UK and overseas before completing her training in Educational Psychology at the University of Dundee.

During her time as an Educational Psychologist (EP) in Scotland, Audrey had the specialist remit as EP in a Multi-disciplinary Early Years Team, helping to support the additional support needs of young children and their families.

Audrey worked in Qatar where she worked with her Arabic colleagues to set up a Nurture Group to support children from the international community make the transition into school.

Audrey is passionate about promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Her special interests include; early years, trauma and bereavement and attachment. Audrey is experienced in therapeutic work for those affected by trauma, loss and change.

Dr Carrie Bray

Carrie Bray is the Senior Practitioner for Looked After Children (LAC) within One Education Educational Psychology Team. She has over ten years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist across Manchester and Tameside.

In this time she has worked extensively with foster carers, social workers, residential carers, teachers and members of the Virtual School to support and promote the positive outcomes of looked after children and young people.

Prior to qualifying as an Educational Psychologist, Carrie initially worked as a mainstream primary school teacher and then, for nine years, as Headteacher across two Independent DFE Approved Special Schools which provided education for looked after children with complex emotional and social needs.

Dr Claire Carroll

Claire qualified as an educational psychologist in 2000 and has worked in Manchester ever since, first for the City Council Educational Psychology Service and then for One Education since it began in 2011.

Whilst she enjoys all aspects of the job as an educational psychologist, her particular passion is in understanding brain-based differences in development, the ‘neurodevelopmental conditions’, particularly the autism spectrum. She is the Senior Practitioner lead for Developmental Difference at One Education.

Claire is part of the Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Team (SCAIT) for South Manchester, a role she has held since 2004. Through this role she has developed her understanding of autism and has a reputation for devising quality bespoke interventions for complex children. She runs a monthly parent consultation service and supports children, families and schools throughout South Manchester in managing their autism needs. Claire is particularly passionate because she is not only a professional in the field but also the parent of a son with autism.

Claire champions the often overlooked children who are very quiet in school. She has contributed to the Doctorate Programme in Educational Psychology at the University of Manchester regarding Selective Mutism and has attended Parliament to discuss the needs of this group of children at the invitation of the national charity, SMIRA (the Selective Mutism Information and Research Association). She was the founder of a multi-agency working party in Manchester (including Speech Therapy and Clinical Psychology) which is devising a joined-up coherent approach to managing the needs of children with selective mutism via a local pathway and training model.

Outside of working Claire is kept busy acting as a taxi to her four children but likes to read and watch crime dramas on the rare occasions she gets to sit down and relax!

Dr Frances Parker Dr Frances Parker, Educational Psychologist

Frances is a senior educational psychologist and designated safeguarding officer with 15 year’s experience in educational psychology practice. During her previous teaching career as a secondary English teacher, Frances introduced a scheme where mentors working in industries supported disaffected year 11 pupils leading to improved exam outcomes. One of these pupils is now her friend on Facebook aged 32! This sparked a life-long interest in supporting vulnerable pupils with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties and she has continued to develop this area of special interest. This has included further study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and extensive work in Pupil Referral Units and specialist settings.

Frances enjoys professional growth and has recently completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her thesis presented an intervention programme that she completed in a secondary school to support girls with risk factors for Child Sexual Exploitation. Other specialist interests include consultation processes and the power of groups in making change.

In her spare time, Frances is a busy mother who loves interior design and collecting vintage furniture!

Dr Helen Gore Dr Helen Gore, Educational Psychologist

Helen is an Educational Psychologist and a recent addition to the One Education team. Previously she was a qualified primary teacher working in both key stage one and key stage two in mainstream primary schools in the North West of England.

During this time Helen completed her masters in teaching and learning which re-kindled her interest in psychology and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and led her to apply for, and gain, a place on the Educational Psychology Doctorate training at the Tavistock and Portman, London.

Helen has a variety of interests within the field of Educational Psychology and is currently enjoying expanding her knowledge in the area of Looked After Children.

Helen is currently involved in trialling the use of iPads for psychological assessments.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys running for fitness, reading, and travelling.

Dr Julie Brown

Julie has worked as an educational psychologist in the North West for 13 years and joined the service at One Education in January 2015. Prior to her training as an EP she worked as an English Literature teacher in the post-16 sector, both here and in the US.

Julie has the senior practitioner role for Early Years. A large proportion of her work is currently with the families of very young children with special educational needs and disabilities in Manchester. She works closely with Manchester’s Rodney House Outreach Service for Early Years and within nursery provisions across the city.

Julie is interested is a wide range of educational issues including how best to nurture life-long learners, alternative models of education, democratic schooling, and the science of compassion. She is an advocate of the psychology of collaborative problem solving and the power of the group mind.

Currently Julie is training in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG), a therapeutic intervention based on the principals of positive psychology and designed to promote attunement, empathy and wellbeing.

In her spare time Julie is learning to play the drums with her 7 year old son and has a yen to go horse riding ride through Utah’s canyon country.

Dr Mehmet AgdiranDr Mehmet Agdiran Educational Psychologist 

Mehmet previously worked as a teacher of Psychology and Health and Social Care in an inner city Sixth Form College. First as a classroom teacher and then also within a management capacity promoting positive outcomes for pupils and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He completed his Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University College London. During the training, Mehmet carried out research on the impact of teachers’ achievement goals on the way they teach high and low-attaining classes.

Since joining One Education, Mehmet has been committed to using consultation to help professionals, parents and learners to think about and find more ways to bring about positive change at the individual, group and whole organisation level. He has worked with colleagues within his service to develop the use of Video Interaction Guidance and is a part of the Looked After Children Team.

Dr Michelle Laverack Dr Michelle Laverack, Educational Psychologist

Michelle completed her doctoral training to become an educational and child psychologist at the University of Manchester in 2015. After qualifying, she began working for One Education. Michelle previously worked as a primary school teacher, and has a wealth of experience of working with children in early years settings.

The focus of Michelle’s doctoral research was to explore children’s views about well-being and to begin to consider how children’s views develop with age. Listening to children and considering how their views can be incorporated into educational practice is of particular interest to Michelle, subsequently, her area of specialism, is ‘the voice of the child’. Michelle has also developed a keen interest in working therapeutically with children and she is currently exploring how therapeutic storytelling can be used to help children to process difficult feelings and experiences.

Michelle is currently working with the Looked After Children (LAC) educational psychology team at One Education. She is passionate about working collaboratively with others (including children themselves) to promote positive outcomes for children and young people in care.

Dr Nadia Ezzamel 

Nadia is an Educational Psychologist, with a particular interest in working with children and young people on the autism spectrum and promoting the social inclusion of children and young people with autism in mainstream school settings. Prior to starting her training she worked with children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, as an Early Years Autism Practitioner and as an ABA Therapist.

Nadia has also worked in various support roles with children and young people with ASC and other additional needs, and is particularly interested in developing group-based interventions and supporting schools to introduce interventions such as Lego Therapy and Circle of Friends.

Rai Fayette

Rai is currently is the final year of his doctoral training to become and educational psychologist at the University of Manchester. After qualifying, Rai will be working as an educational psychologist at One Education where he is currently on placement. Rai has worked extensively with children and young people with SEND, predominantly those with autism aged 3-18, prior to the start of his training.

Rai’s doctoral thesis explored current good practices of specialist schools in meaningfully including young people with autism during the planning for their transition to adulthood. Rai believes that children and young people should be included in decisions that affect their lives. He is keen to work collaboratively with school staff, parents and young people to develop ways of promoting the participation of young people in decision making within education. His other interests include Acquired Brain Injury and mediated learning experiences.

In his spare time, Rai enjoys running, playing and coaching basketball, and playing guitar.

Dr Rathika MarshDr Rathika Marsh Educational Psychologist

Rathika is one of our Educational Psychologists with over six years’ experience working in Manchester.

Rathika's role involves supporting both primary schools and early years settings in South and Central Manchester. She uses a consultative approach focused on working together with pupils, families and school staff to create positive change for children.

Rathika is particularly interested in Mindfulness and its application to schools and using a narrative approach to understand people's stories, views and aspirations.

Dr Rebecca SundhuRebecca Sundhu

Dr Rebecca Sundhu, Senior Educational Psychologist, has several years experience as an Educational Psychologist in Manchester. She previously practiced as a teacher in Manchester and took responsibility as designated teacher. Rebecca has experience of working with hard to reach and challenging young people who may be excluded from school or accessing specialist settings for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Rebecca is also experienced in working with Looked After Children. She enjoys delivering training to schools and other professionals and has recently published on the topic.

Dr Sarah McIntosh Dr Sarah McIntosh, Educational Psychologist

Sarah has worked at One Education for seven years as an Educational Psychologist. Before completing her doctorate training at the University of Manchester, she had experience of both academic and pastoral roles working as an inclusion co-ordinator in a high school and as a post-16 teacher.

Sarah has particular interests in the educational needs of ‘looked after’ and adopted children and is part of a multi-agency team offering support to children looked after by the local authority. Sarah is the educational psychologist attached to Manchester’s Adoption Psychology Service. Sarah is also link EP for a specialist setting for children with complex physical and mental health needs.

Sarah involved in supporting trainee educational psychologists and she has strong links with the University of Manchester. Sarah is an honorary tutor on the doctorate course, contributing seminars each year on the topic of ‘family relationships’.

Dr Susan Darby

Susan is an Educational Psychologist who joined the profession after a having variety of other experiences, including working in product design at RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind), being a Maths teacher in both secondary and further education settings, researching Maths education at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) and holding Non-Executive positions in the NHS. Her core value that underpins all of these roles is that people should be enabled – keeping this in mind guides how her professional development has shaped up in each context.

Hence now at One Education where Susan finds herself supporting one of the Pupil Referral Units, she is where possible focussing her development time on researching how best to effect real change for children who have experienced early trauma and relationship disturbance.

Outside of work Susan likes to be physically active. She and her husband also spend time developing a woodland.

Dr Rai FayetteDr Rai Fayette Educational Psychologist

Rai is an educational psychologist working at One Education who worked extensively with children and young people with SEND, predominantly those with autism aged 3-18 in schools prior to training to be an educational psychologist. He completed his doctoral training in educational and child psychology at the University of Manchester. In his doctoral thesis, he reviewed qualitative research methods for eliciting the views of young people with autism about their educational experiences, and then explored current good practices of specialist schools in meaningfully including young people with autism during the planning for their transition to adulthood.

Rai believes that children and young people should be included in decisions that affect their lives. He is keen to work collaboratively with school staff, parents and young people to develop ways of promoting the participation of young people in decision making within education. In addition to his specialist area in autism in education, other interests include Acquired Brain Injury and mediated learning experiences.

In his spare time, Rai enjoys running, playing and coaching basketball and playing guitar.

Team Structure

EP Team Structure

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