Carmel Durkin – Educational Psychologist
BEd. Hons, PGDip Psychology (Conversion), MA, MSc (Educational Psychology), MSc (Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience), Doc.Ed.Psych.
Carmel has over twenty years of experience as an educational psychologist, having worked for four local education authorities before moving into private practice in 2007. Carmel is skilled at investigating the range of factors that can impact on learning, and has worked with young children through to students in higher education.
Carmel’s practice is directly informed by relevant research from educational and psychological sources as well as cognitive and affective neuroscience. Carmel’s assessments are thorough and focus on the questions raised by those requesting the assessment. Carmel is able to form positive relationships with children and young people to enable them to demonstrate all of their capabilities when tests are administered and her range of interviewing techniques allows them to talk about their experience of learning so they take an active part in the process.
Carmel views assessments as an important part of a wider process. Detailed background information is gathered from the parents and where possible the school. The findings of the assessment are communicated clearly in her reports and related to relevant recommendations for parents, teachers, school-based staff and sometimes professionals from other disciplines. Carmel is able to meet with teachers and support staff in schools, when requested, to help them to consider ways of incorporating the recommendations in her report into their practice and to advise on strategies for monitoring progress.
What Carmel Can Help With?
Psycho-educational assessments (6-16 years)
Carmel can undertake assessments to investigate the reasons why a child/young person is not making expected progress which could relate to:
Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and the cognitive/educational aspects of dyspraxia/DCD
Working memory limitations
More general executive function difficulties, often evident in children with problems with attention and concentration
Low levels of confidence
General difficulties with learning.
Support for school staff and monitoring of progress
Carmel can meet with teachers and support staff in school to develop strategies for putting recommendations from assessments into practice and to develop systems for monitoring progress.
Training with Parents and Teachers
Carmel is experienced in providing training for teachers and parents. She is able to provide training sessions on a range of areas including:
The development of reading and spelling skills.
Dyslexia: Current evidence from cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
Dyscalculia: Current evidence from cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
Executive Functions and their importance in learning.
Attention control in the classroom, the links with working memory and learning and the impact of anxiety.
The importance of self-efficacy in learners.
Professional Qualifications and Registration
Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of East London.
Registered Educational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (UK).
Chartered status and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society.
On the British Psychological Society’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use.
To make an appointment with Carmel or speak to her about your concerns, please call us on 0208 6737930.