Help for Psychology

Kathryn (Katie) Duncan  - Higher Assistant Psychologist

People have always been what I'm most interested in, both in terms of understanding them and helping them, and this grew into a great love for the field of Psychology.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is an area I have long had an interest in. Whilst studying for my degree I had the opportunity to be involved in some research looking into children with Autism, and their risk of being involved in bullying, and also looking at how parents and care givers of children with Autism are vulnerable to stress. This experience meant that my passion for the area only grew. Furthermore some volunteer work with a locally based eating disorder charity enabled me to realise how fulfilling it is to work with young people and children.

With a first degree in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, I joined the Help for Psychology team in 2016, and have since carried out a great number of assessments measuring the cognitive abilities of children and adults. My experience of working with children and adults, who have complex needs, has helped me develop a flexible approach so that assessments can be best presented, and carried out, in ways that make them accessible to each individual.

I am passionate about working with children and adults who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, (including those with the PDA profile), and being a part of research looking into the PDA profile and this relatively un-researched area of Psychology.


Journal/magazine articles:

Eaton, J, Hesketh, E and Duncan, K (2018), Modification of the Coventry Grid Interview (Flackhill et al, 2017) to include the Pathological Demand Avoidant Profile, Good Autism Practice.

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