Barnsley Educational, Child and Community Psychology Service

Meet the team

Within the team, we have a breadth of knowledge and specialist expertise to help you meet the needs of children and young people with emotional or behavioural issues, and their families.

The team includes:

  • a principal educational child and community psychologist
  • a lead educational child and community psychologist
  • seven educational child and community psychologists
  • a trainee educational psychologist

Joanne Patterson: Lead Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: supporting children and young people in the youth justice system; supporting emotional wellbeing in children and young people; group work; dynamic learning assessment of children and young people; behaviour management.

Dr Debra Marriott: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: social care work including supporting children in care in school settings, (care settings); mindfulness approaches to supporting pupils’ educational development; supporting pupils with visual/hearing impairment; effective teaching and learning, neuroscience; pupil voice; emotional literacy; memory; attachment; school phobia/refusal; collaborative learning. 

Current practice area: Debra is a member of the Adoption Panel.

Jo Wong: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: attachment; critical incident; early years developmental work; Foetal Alcohol Syndrome disorders; gifted and talented; premature births and the changing profile of learning disorders; supervision of trainee educational psychologists; supporting vulnerable groups (ethnic minority youngsters, English as an additional language).

Lesley Godson: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: speech and language development in children and young people; emotional literacy; acquired brain injury; solution focused interventions/ consultation; group work; bereavement; cognitive behavioural therapeutic approaches; early years work; selective mutism; circle of friends intervention.

Mike Kruszynski: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in early years and school settings; cognitive development in children and young people; acquired brain injury; neuro-psychology and learning development in children and young people; court work, including attachment issues in public and family court cases. Critical incident input, including large scale industrial disasters.

Dr Francine Wint: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: attachment; bereavement; domestic abuse; working with hard to reach/engage families - systemic and community based work; parenting groups; schools as systems - eg research and revising policies; staff support and stress; eliciting the voice of the child and involving the child in decisions; therapeutic work eg narrative therapy, therapeutic stories, PCP, CBT; group work; selective mutism; identity of PMLD children.

Current practice area: Francine partly works within the Family Intervention Service supporting the Troubled Families programme.

Dr Catherine Hallam: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: supporting children and young people in the youth justice system; supporting emotional wellbeing in children and young people; group work; dynamic learning assessment of children and young people; behaviour management. 

Current practice area: Cathy works one day per week for the Youth Offending Team.

Dr Leanne Staples: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: supporting the social, emotional and mental health needs of CYP; exploring functions of behaviour; attachment; therapeutic work eg narrative approaches, PCP, CBT; group work; working with hard to reach families; supporting vulnerable groups, eg children in care, young offenders, school refusers, new communities and ethnic minority groups; staff wellbeing; early years; systemic work; consultative approaches.

Dr Jemma Taylor: Educational Child and Community Psychologist

Interest areas: early years and language development.

Jemma works three days a week.