At AnDY, clinical assessments are often carried out by postgraduate and undergraduate students who have joined the team on a year-long professional placement that forms part of their wider training in psychology. All placement students have either completed an undergraduate degree in psychology or are about to enter the final year of their undergraduate studies. We employ a rigorous selection process to make sure all placement students have the right combination of knowledge, skills, and experience to perform their role to the highest standard. In addition, given the importance of their role, all placement students carrying out assessments receive high-quality training and close supervision from qualified Clinical Psychologists throughout their time at the clinic. We highly value the contribution that placement students make to AnDY and are incredibly proud of the work they carry out.
Amethyst Cunningham –
I am a MSc Clinical Aspects of Psychology student at the University of Reading. I am on placement with the AnDY Clinic as an Honorary Research Assistant, where I complete diagnostic assessments with young people who have symptoms of depression and anxiety. I am also completing my dissertation project with AnDY, under the supervision of Dr Polly Waite and Dr Kate Harvey, looking at teacher experiences of working with children displaying school refusal behaviour.
Emma Brooks –
I am a Masters student currently studying Clinical Aspects of Psychology at the University of Reading. I am currently on placement in the AnDY clinic and my role involves conducting structured diagnostic assessments with children and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Frankie Glover –
I am a Clinical Research Assistant in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. My role in the clinic is to support and conduct assessments with young people and their families to determine the presence or absence of anxiety and/or depression and to invite them to take part in research at the University.
Iona-Lewis Smith –
I am a first year PhD student, supervised by Prof. Shirley Reynolds and Dr Laura Pass. My research is funded by the Titcomb Foundation and Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. I am supporting research on mental health and Behavioural Activation interventions in secondary schools, and I’m particularly interested in adolescent values.