Bettina, Jane and Tara are all Clinical Psychologists who have an association with Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London. They share an interest in neurodiversity and working with children and families. Co-writing The Incredible Teenage Brain has been one of their most collegiate and enriching professional experiences.
Bettina has a particular interest in education and learning, having struggled to achieve academically when she was a child. She was a late starter but once she found a subject she loved she could not stop studying. In many ways her professional life has been devoted to answering the question of why some young people flourish and others go off the beaten track. In her clinical work she loves working with parents and teachers to support them to bring out the best in young people in their care. Psychology and neuroscience has a lot to offer in this endeavour.
Bettina loves teaching and mentoring young people and in her spare time (yes, a bit odd) enjoys translating science into accessible forms for parents and teachers.
Jane has been working clinically with young people, families and school staff for over 20 years. Her therapeutic work is often focused on conditions such as Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She teaches post graduate mental health students and professionals, has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and lectures nationally and internationally. She aspires to delivering accurate information that is engaging; think cutting edge science wrapped in a warm blanket of humanity. She lives in London with her husband, two teenage children and very supportive dog .
Tara is passionate about clinical psychology and neuropsychology. A commitment to evidence-based approaches has always been the essence of her work. She enjoys teaching and mentoring .
She trained at Kings College London and is currently working through a part-time PhD at University of Nottingham focused on mental health and resilience in teenagers.
Tara is keen on sharing easily accessible, well informed material. She is an accomplished writer; has co-written two books for people with tic disorders and their families and co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed papers, alongside book chapters and magazine articles. Tara has been involved in making documentaries on neurodevelopmental conditions (tic disorders, autism and epilepsy) which are available on the internet. In the past few years, Tara has been spreading her wings and is living and working in exotic and remote locations such as Uganda and Saint Helena in the South Atlantic.