Meet the team
We're a group of psychologists, trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists, as well as administrators. We also have other people working alongside us, such as clinical psychologists who are completing their training at the University of Southampton.
Dr Angela Griffin, lead clinical neuropsychologist
Angela trained at Queen’s University Belfast, and worked in London at University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, before coming to Southampton in 2006. Since then, she has seen the team grow and as team leader, is proud to work with such fantastic psychologists and admin staff.
The team are keen to use their skills to do whatever they can to make the journeys of children and families as easy as possible. They are also pleased to hear from families about ways to keep improving.
When Angela isn't at work, she likes to go walking in the New Forest and to spend time with her family and friends.
Dr Sarah Airdrie, clinical psychologist
Sarah joined the team in 2019, previously working in child and adolescent mental health as well as in physical health for young people and adults.
She enjoys meeting families to explore what is going on and to think creatively about how the wider team can provide support.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys keeping active through running, cycling and walking in the countryside with family and friends.
Justine Bailey, counsellor and psychotherapist
Justine joined the team in January 2013, originally as office manager, but since graduating with a BA Hons degree in 2017 now works in the team as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Justine works with various specialities across the team including PICU (paediatric intensive care). She loves her work supporting patients and their families.
Outside of work, Justine loves spending time with her friends and family, cooking and entertaining. She also has two adorable pugs Asia and Cody that she enjoys playing with and walking.
Dr Anna Campion, clinical psychologist
Anna joined the team in 2020 and works across the Robbie's Rehab team and the epilepsy service. She has recently graduated from the University of Southampton and before joining our child psychology team, she worked as a brain injury support worker in London.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and travelling.
Dr Nicky Crockett, clinical psychologist
After gaining experience in London and Sussex, Nicky joined the team in 2014. She enjoys working alongside children, young people and families, as well as colleagues in physical health, and is proud to be part of a hospital that recognises the importance of emotional wellbeing, particularly in the face of physical illness or challenges.
Nicky enjoys being part of a creative team that prides itself on prioritising children and families' needs, and supporting them through their experiences inside and outside of hospital. Nicky is also a mum to twins and enjoys exploring, avoiding DIY and attempting to run (very slowly!).
Dr Maria Day, clinical psychologist
Maria trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, qualifying in 2009. She joined the child psychology team in 2012 and works with the cystic fibrosis and long term ventilation teams.
Maria feels very fortunate to love her job and the people she works with. She enjoys meeting young people and their families and hearing about their lives, the things they value and their strengths.
When not at work Maria likes to spend time with friends and family, get out into nature, read and cook.
Dr Rachel Deboys, clinical psychologist
Rachel trained at Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University. Since qualifying, she has worked in community and hospital settings with children and young people with significant health and cognitive needs. Rachel has recently returned from working overseas and is excited to have joined the team.
Her main clinical focus is to support children and their families as they adjust to life with an acquired brain injury.
Dr Taryn Dennison, clinical psychologist
Currently on maternity leave.
Taryn joined the team in 2014, after completing her training at the University of Surrey and gaining experience working in child and adolescent mental health services. Her roles involve working with children with neurological difficulties, including completing neuropsychological assessments and providing rehabilitation. Taryn enjoys working creatively with children and their families and being part of such a caring team.
When Taryn is not working, she enjoys keeping active through running, cycling, ice skating and yoga.
Dr Maret Dymond-Basset , clinical psychologist
Maret joined the team during the summer of 2020 as a staff support psychologist and feels grateful to be part of such a skilled, experienced and warm hearted team. Having trained at Southampton in clinical psychology and a PhD in perinatal psychology from the Winnicott research unit, University of Reading, Maret has worked in the New Forest area since 2005. Including for the NHS, the University of Southampton and in private practice. She has a special interest in mindfulness and compassion based approaches for children, adults, families and for NHS staff. Alongside her UHS role she teaches mindfulness and trains others to teach mindfulness in partnership with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford and the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation in California.
When Maret isn't at work, she enjoys practicing meditation and yoga and spending time in nature in the New Forest, or beside the sea, with family and friends.
Dr Amy Savage, clinical psychologist
Amy joined the team 2006, having trained in Southampton and Salisbury. She works with the teams in oncology and haematology and intensive care.
Amy enjoys her role because she gets to work with young people, their families, and the team looking after them. She believes that working with other people helps to encourage new ideas.
She recognises the importance of caring for the whole family when a child is poorly, and is enthusiastic about supporting the staff working at this hospital so they can provide the best care possible.
When Amy isn't at work, she likes to be outside... running, cycling, and generally being active, or if the weather keeps her indoors then she likes to bake.
Dr Rachel Langley, clinical psychologist
Rachel trained as a clinical psychologist in Southampton, qualifying in 2006. She worked in children and adolescent mental health services, before joining the child psychology team in 2009.
Her main roles in the team are within Bursledon House, for children and families with complex difficulties where physical health and emotional well being affect each other; and in the children’s sleep clinic, trying to get to the root of lots of different sleep problems.
Rachel enjoys working with our patients and their families to find out what is going on, and building on their strengths and skills to help things along. Outside of work, she loves reading, walking and baking.
Dr Sarah Matthews, clinical psychologist
Sarah joined the team in 2009 after studying at the University of Southampton. She's worked in lots of areas in the children's hospital, and currently works with children and families who are outpatients in general paediatrics, as well as with children with sleep disorders.
Sarah loves working with children of all ages and enjoys getting to know the whole family and helping them to improve their quality of life. When she's not at work, Sarah likes to be with her friends and family. She enjoys travelling, exploring the New Forest and reading.
Ms Carolyn West, cognitive behavioural psychologist
Carolyn joined the team in 2003, and is the team's longest serving member. Before then, she worked in childen and adolescent mental health services for several years. Carolyn loves working with children of all ages and meeting their families. Outside of work, she likes to travel and is a huge wildlife enthusiast.
Dr Cath Norman, clinical psychologist
Cath undertook her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Southampton between 2010 and 2013, and has worked in the child psychology department ever since. Her role has changed over the years and she has enjoyed working with different specialties within the hospital.
She considers it a privilege to work with children, young people and their families who are going through tough times, but also show great strength and resilience. Outside of work she likes to spend time with friends and go for the occasional jog.
Dr Mary Halsey, clinical psychologist
Mary joined the team in 2014, after qualifying from the University of Southampton. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, running and travelling.
Dr Heloise Hunt, clinical psychologist
Heloise trained at the University of Exeter and worked in a neuropsychology service before joining the team.
In her spare time she enjoys walking, running and cycling as well as arts and crafts.
Dr Anna Moore, clinical psychologist
Anna trained at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since qualifying in 2001, the majority of Anna’s clinical experience has been in neuropsychological assessment with adults and children. Now in Southampton, she works with children who have epilepsy and other neurological difficulties. Anna is excited to work with children and their families to support them through the challenges they experience.
Anna has the travel bug but after living and working in a variety of diverse countries and cultures, she has finally hung up her passport! In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends and going for muddy walks in the countryside.
Dr Kate Vasey, clinical psychologist
Kate trained as a clinical psychologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, qualifying in 2011. She worked in a specialist paediatric psychology team in London for six years before joining the team at Southampton in 2018.
She feels privileged to work alongside young people and their families, hearing about their lives and working together to support them in finding ways forward when life becomes difficult either in hospital or at home.
Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time outside going for walks, jogging or pottering in her garden.
Dr Emma Lee, clinical psychologist
After working with the team in 2017 as part of her training at the University of Southampton, Emma was excited to return to the team in 2018. She loves working with children, young people and their families, helping to provide support when things are tricky. She is always amazed at the strength, resilience and creativity of the young people she works with.
Outside of work, she is a keen baker, loves running, and travelling to far-away places.
Dr Kirsty Gregory, clinical psychologist
Kirsty trained at the University of Southampton and joined the team in 2019. She feels very lucky to be able work with young people and their families, supporting them when things are difficult. Kirsty works in Bursledon House and ophthalmology.
Outside of work, Kirsty likes to be near the water, is a keen baker and loves to travel.
Dr Laura Harvey, clinical psychologist
Laura trained as a clinical psychologist at UCL in London before joining the team in January 2020. She has previously worked with children and young people in both child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and hospital settings. Laura loves meeting young people and families, and thinking with them about how they can live the kind of lives they want to lead when a health problem is making this feel difficult.
When she’s not at work, Laura loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and exploring new places.
Dr Lara Payne, clinical psychologist
Lara trained at University College London and worked in paediatric psychology teams in London and Oxford before coming to Southampton in 2020. Her main roles are within the oncology and haematology teams where she enjoys working with children and their families, and the staff teams who look after them.
When she is not at work, she can often be found walking, cooking, or crocheting.
Katie Rechert, office manager
Katie recently joined the team as office manager and is delighted to be part of such a great team. She will be looking after day to day tasks in the office.
Outside of work, Katie is a keen cake maker! She loves spending time and keeping active with her family and seeing her friends.
Sam Breedon, medical secretary
Sam has worked in children's services at the Trust for almost five years. She has been working in child psychology for two years, and enjoys meeting parents and children during their time at the hospital. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and travelling.
Elizabeth Newbury, administrator
Elizabeth joined child psychology in April 2020 after working in education. She enjoys working in child psychology and helping to make a difference to those who use the service.
Outside of work she lives locally with her family and enjoys walking in the countryside, reading and visiting the cinema.