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SDEP Annual Conference 2019

Neuropsychology: exploring applications for our practice

Friday 4th October at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Annual conference for Scottish Educational Psychologists with morning theme of neuropsychology and afternoon session on National Enquiry research projects.

Learning outcomes

Participation in a range of relevant keynotes, workshops and professional discussion

Who is the course intended for?

Educational Psychologists, EP Trainees

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Friday 4th October 2019

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:30Welcome from MC Stephen McLeod
09:40Keynote address – Prof Liam Dorris - Neuropsychological insights into the learning and socio-emotional development of young people with neurological and neurodevelopmental difficulties
10:40Refreshment break (with opportunity to view Trainee EP posters)
11:10Themed workshops - neuropsychology in practice
12:00Professional dialogue
12:45Lunch (SDEP AGM 13.15 – 13.45)
13:45National Action Enquiry Research - Education Scotland
14:00Action Enquiry Workshops
14:50Action Enquiry Workshops
15:45Qualification in Educational Psychology Scotland 2020, Information Session - Nick Balchin, Chair of QEP Board
16:30Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Liam Dorris

Prof Liam Dorris is a Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow. He leads the paediatric neuropsychology service at RHC which provides assessment, intervention and consultation for children and young people with a range of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr Dorris also leads a clinical research group looking at cognitive and psychosocial issues in neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions and has published more than 50 studies in international journals. His recent work on the neurodevelopmental impact of early exposure to anaesthesia (GAS study) was published in the Lancet, whilst another project delivered a successful multi-centre RCT group therapy for young people with epilepsy leading to changes in routine clinical care (PIE study).
He is currently working with colleagues in Glasgow and UCL to develop assessment methods able to detect reliable changes in cognitive function amongst children with severe neurodisability treated with new precision medicine therapies. Dr Dorris has held a range of leadership roles in the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and has contributed to teaching and training in applied psychology for over 20 years

Dr Laura Ann Currie

Dr. Laura-Ann Currie is one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) with Education Scotland. Currently, she is one of six Senior Education Officers for inclusion. She has the national role for mental health, educational psychology, and targeted interventions. During her time as an HMI she carried out the roles of national specialist for autism and dyslexia, Lead Inspector for Education Authorities and Educational Psychology Services, and Area Lead Officer for Education authorities.

Prior to joining HMI she was Depute Principal Educational Psychologist in North Lanarkshire and Principal Educational Psychologist in West Lothian. She has published widely since 1986 in a range of peer reviewed journals on topics such as early intervention (e.g., A head start to learning: involving parents of children just about to start school); parental involvement (e.g., Talking Together: A Practical Guide for Parents), community engagement, (e.g., Developing a Community perspective in a Primary School); inclusion (e.g., Developing an inclusive approach in Samara Russia), and literacy.

Stephen McLeod

After completing his degree in Economics & Social Policy Stephen worked in the social housing sector and for housing providers in some of the most deprived areas of the West of Scotland. He moved on to developing projects for young homeless people before moving to the voluntary sector delivering community mental health services in Glasgow.

For almost 20 years Stephen has held posts in planning policy, strategy and operational management of mental health and disability services for vulnerable children and young people. In 2003 he moved to the NHS to plan specialist child mental health services. He was appointed General Manager for Specialist Children’s Services in NHSGGC, and then in 2010 Head of Specialist Children’s Services for SCS CAMHS and Specialist Community Paediatric Teams.

Stephen has a commitment to and passion for developing highly accessible and high quality services for vulnerable children and young people, with the full partnership of children and families. He has more recently been seconded to the Scottish Government as CAMHS and Neurodevelopmental Services Lead to implement recommendations from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce. Stephen also leads a programme developing Health and Wellbeing Services in Bethlehem, part of the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Twinning Programme. Stephen is committed to working closely with Education, Social Work and the voluntary sector.

Jacqui Ward

Jacqui Ward is currently an Attainment Advisor with Education Scotland and working with Stirling Council, focussing on equity and closing the poverty related attainment gap. Nationally Jacqui is working alongside the Educational Psychology profession and Laura-Anne Currie to support the Educational Psychologist Action Enquiry Programme. Previously she worked as an educational psychologist for 17 years across East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Stirling Councils, and in that time as Principal EP in South Ayrshire. Jacqui has a particular interest in supporting education systems develop and utilise evidence-informed research in a meaningful manner that improves outcomes for learners.


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