Joanna has an Honours Degree in Natural Sciences/Psychology from the University of Cambridge, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University College London. Joanna taught in Bristol and Cambridge prior to training as an Educational Psychologist. Joanna worked as an Educational Psychologist for twenty three years within two local education authorities. This involved work in most sectors of special education including dyslexia, dyspraxia, moderate and severe learning difficulties, speech difficulties, social/communication difficulties and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
In early 2014 Joanna decided to leave the local authority she was working for to concentrate on her growing private practice work as a Chartered Educational Psychologist.
Joanna also does group work and delivers parenting courses and in-service training.
Joanna has a particular interest in motivation and how children learn key skills like literacy and numeracy. She does a lot of work with schools and pupils around boosting self-esteem and confidence in conjunction advice on curriculum differentiation and suggestions for curriculum delivery.
Joanna has worked with the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre since 2009 and feels privileged to work in such a well regarded environment with professionals who really care about the outcomes for people with specific learning difficulties.
Joanna used to play a lot of music with various ensembles but as she has five children, she seems to now spend her spare time formulating intricate time management plans, writing cheques and engaging in complex negotiations about the exact meaning of the word 'fair'.