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.
Georgina Luck –
I am an Msc Clinical Aspects of Psychology student at the University of Reading. I am on placement within the AnDY clinic and am involved in diagnostic assessments of children and young people with anxiety and depression and working with Dr Claire Hill in developing and online treatment for children with anxiety. I am also conducting my Msc research project under the supervision of Dr Monika Parkinson looking at therapist preferences in the treatment of depression in children and young people.
Bethany Cliffe –
I am currently completing my masters in Clinical Aspects of Psychology at the University of Reading, after completing my BSc in Psychology at the University of Surrey. As part of my masters I am working in the AnDY clinic completing diagnostic assessments with young people who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. As well as this, I am assisting with research in the clinic focusing on adolescent depression. I am also working with Polly Waite and Tessa Reardon on a research project administering questionnaires to adolescents in schools, their parents and their teachers with the aim of developing a briefer screening measure for anxiety and depression for adolescents.
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.
Emma Tooley –
I am an Msc student doing a placement in the AnDY clinic. In my role as an Honorary Research Assistant I deliver AIDA assessments in order to help diagnose children and young people with anxiety and depression. I am also working with Pete Lawrence on a qualitative project investigating the role of imagery in adolescents with anxiety disorders.
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.