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 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 Maria Day, clinical psychologist
Maria joined the team in 2012, and feels fortunate to love where she works. She enjoys meeting children and families who come to the hospital, and hearing about their lives. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, walk in the countryside, and run.
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
Currently on maternity leave
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 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 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 Taryn Dennison, clinical psychologist
Taryn joined the team in 2014. Before this, she trained at the University of Surrey and worked in the children and adolescent mental health service. When Taryn is not working, she enjoys keeping active by cycling, running and ice skating.
Dr Heloise Hunt, clinical psychologist
Currently on maternity leave
Heloise has been part of the team since 2015. She describes the team as lovely and hard working, and loves that they really care about young people and their families going through tricky times in hospital, and do what they can to provide support.
She is continually impressed and inspired by the hard work and determination many young people and families put into living their lives, in spite of the difficulties they experience. In her spare time, Heloise enjoys sports (mainly running and cycling), arts and crafts and watching crime dramas.
Dr Jenny Livings, clinical psychologist
Currently on maternity leave
Jenny joined the team in 2017, and has previously worked with children and families in areas including physical health and child and adolescent mental health. She is pleased to be able to support young people and their families when they are experiencing difficulties, and enjoys working creatively with them.
Outside of work, Jenny is a keen (amateur!) netball player, and enjoys cycling and countryside walks. She can also be found spending time in front of the TV with her cat.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Joe Ibbitson, locum clinical psychologist
Joe trained in and around the Southampton area and started working with our team in January 2019. He loves working with young people and their families. He believes that no two families are the same and every one has their own personal strengths and talents. He likes to help people identify these and draw from them when health problems get in the way of living the life that people want to lead.
Outside of work Joe enjoys yoga, running, listening to and playing music as well as spending quality time with friends and family. He is also a big fan of nature and the great outdoors.
Dr Kirsty Gregory, locum clinical psychologist
Kirsty trained at University of Southampton and joined the team in 2019. She feels very lucky to be able to work with young people and their families, supporting them when things are difficult.
Outside of work, Kirsty likes to be near the water is a keen baker and loves to travel.
Lucy Francis, assistant psychologist
Lucy joined the team in 2019 and works across the Robbie's Rehab team and the epilepsy service. Before joining our child psychology team, she worked in a learning disabilities team in Dorset.
Outside of work she enjoys keeping active such as going to the gym, running and is currently training for the London Marathon.
Justine Bailey, office manager
Justine worked for the children and adolescent mental health service, before joining the team in 2013. She is proud to work supporting the team, and looks after day to day tasks, which often seems to include putting things together or taking them apart.
Outside of work, Justine is enjoying studying for a degree in counselling and psychology. She loves spending time with her friends and family, and walking the family pug.
Selina Tilburn, medical secretary
Selina has worked in NHS administration since 2009, and has been with the child psychology team since 2016. She lives locally with her husband, son and cat.
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.