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Expert in Personal Injury, Occupational Health and the Psychological Consequences of Work-related Issues

Expert ID: 728157 United Kingdom

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After a career which has taken her into a wide variety of organisational settings, including more than 20 years as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, as a university lecturer, and practitioner, Expert is currently in private practice as Chartered Counselling Psychologist. She is working with clients who are self-referred, or are referred to her by employee assistance programmes (EAP’s) doctors and psychiatrists. She is recognised by most of the major medical insurance companies, for the purposes of providing therapeutic interventions.

The work with clients who presented symptoms associated with depression and anxiety, occasionally uncovered a work history of stress related to bullying, harassment and similar pressures. Her work as an expert witness evolved from her private practice, as a result of requests from Solicitors for Reports upon the clients with whom she had been offering therapeutic interventions. Expert Witness work is now the focus of her professional development. Most of her Expert Witness work is currently in the field of personal injury.

She began her career in education, as a teacher and then University lecturer, later gaining a Ph.D. and qualifying as both a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. As a NATFHE branch officer, she was involved in a number of internal disciplinary hearings against colleagues, frequently facing very antagonistic questioning on such matters as sexual harassment, bullying, sexual and racial discrimination, work-related stress and misconduct. As a Union Officer, she has participated in a number of Industrial Tribunal cases, and this experience has included several cases of racial discrimination, sexual discrimination, unfair dismissal and non-compliance with contractual employment terms. In these cases, she has sometimes faced detailed hostile questioning from Solicitors or Barristers on the basis of Reports, on the psychological consequences to the employee, which she has submitted to the Tribunals.

As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, she has assisted clients with a wide variety of personal issues, for the last 20 years. These include work-related stress, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bullying and harassment at work, sexual assault, phobias, parenting problems, persecutory delusions, obsessive-compulsive disorder and some forms of addiction. A large part of her work is with clients suffering from anxiety and depression.

She provided a counelling psychology intervention to a rugby team, whose members witnessed one of their members killed on a rugby field.She counselled a mwoman who was crushed by a loose car on a ferry, which led to post-traumatic stress.She helped a man involved in a car accident, whose trauma led to depression and social dysfunction.She has assisted innumerable rape and sexual assault victims.She has helped many clients overcome post-traumatic stress as a result of speed-boat accidents, traffic accidents, or occupational accidents and assaults.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1988 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Psychology Institution: Southampton University
Year: 1989 Degree: M.Sc. Subject: Social Science (Management Science) Institution: Southampton University
Year: 1981 Degree: M.A. (Ed.) Subject: Curriculum Analysis and Design Institution: Southampton University
Year: 1983 Degree: B.A. Subject: Psychology Institution: Open University
Year: 1979 Degree: Diploma Subject: Guidance and Counselling Institution: King Alfred's College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chartered Counselling Psychologist Department:
Responsibilities:
Available upon request.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, Society of Expert Witnesses
Licenses / Certifications
Vetted Expert by the U.K. Register of Expert Witnesses; Chartered Scientist, British Psychological Society (2007); Chartered Counselling Psychologist, British Psychological Society (1995); Chartered Occupational Psychologist, British Psychological Society (1989).
Professional Appointments
Chairman, University Branch of NATFHE (former); Elected Member, NATFHE National Executive; Union Officer.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
She is currently providing Expert Witness services for the psychological consequences of personal injury, occupational health and employment-related issues. Over a thirteen year period, she has written psycho-legal reports on a wide range of issues, including appeals for ill-health early retirement, occupational health, the psychological consequences of employment issues, and many reports on the psychological consequences of personal injury. One recent case involved post-traumatic stress following a critical incident at work, where the employer appears to have failed in its duty of care. Another recent Report involved an assessment of the long-term employability of a young man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, whose employer wished to assist and support him. Her two latest personal injury reports have produced settlements well above the amount anticipated.
Training / Seminars
In the last four years her CPD activities have focussed upon extending her knowledge and skills as an Expert Witness. She has followed a programme of reading and training based on the Expert Support Services from the U.K. Register of Expert Witnesses. She has also attended three conferences organised by the Society of Expert Witnesses, which have included a number of training workshops, including giving evidence in court. She is conversant with the Civil Procedure Rules as they apply to Expert Witnesses.
Marketing Experience
As a Union Officer, Expert has participated in a number of Industrial Tribunal cases, and this experience has included several cases of racial discrimination, sexual discrimination, unfair dismissal and non-compliance with contractual employment terms. In these cases she has sometimes faced detailed hostile questioning from solicitors or barristers on the basis of reports, on the psychological consequences to the employee, whe she has submitted to the tribunals.

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