Claire Parker

Personal details

Contact details:


01392 726023




University of Exeter (PCMD)

PhD in Child Mental Health

Thesis: The relationship between child mental health and well-being and exclusion from school.


University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC)

BSc Psychology


Professional/research experience

November 2013:

University of Exeter Medical School

Presentation to the Child Health Group about the PhD.

April 2013 - July 2013:

Couples Therapy Internship, Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter

The internship was extremely interesting and gave me a great opportunity to work with some experienced therapists. The role involved observing the therapy sessions and being involved in the reflective team. I ensured that patient records were up to date, completing end of therapy feedback and data entry. At the end of the clinic I provided summary data about the impact of the clinic on patients.

March 5 2013:

Torquay, Postgraduate Event

Presented at the annual postgraduate event about the secondary analysis I had completed on the British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Surveys.

March 2013:

ACAMH,Book Reviewer

January 4 2013:

University of Exeter Medical School

I presented two posters at the Medical and Health Research Showcase, my first poster was a systematic review of literature exploring psychiatric disorder and school exclusion and the second poster was about the SKIP study.

December 2012 - present:

SPOKES assessor, University of York and Oxford

My role within SPOKES (Supporting Parents On Kids Education in School) is to go into schools to assess children. The assessments I am doing are part of an Education Endowment Foundation funded project to conduct an independent evaluation of the Plymouth Family Partnership SPOKES programme.

November 28 2012:

Plymouth University

Presented to masters students on the Behavioural Management Module about Health Services Research taking place with PenClahrc.

May 10 2012:

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) group, University of Exeter

I gave a presentation on the work I am doing with my PhD, enable a group discussion on the interface of education and mental health and the understanding between the two.

March 15 2012:

Torquay, Postgraduate Event

Presented on my overall PhD project at the annual research event for postgraduate students.

January 11 2012:

Child Health Group, University of Exeter Medical School

Presented to the child health group about the use of DPICS as an observational tool to measure parent and child interaction.

2012 - present:

Peer reviewer for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

2012 - present:

Peer reviewer for Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

October 2011 - March 2012:

Brain In Hand Mentor, NHS

This role involved using solution focused therapy to work with young people and adults with Autistic Spectrum disorders.

September 22 2011:

Cardinal Newman House, Exeter, Devon

I presented the SKIP (Supporting KIds, avoiding Problems) study to the behavioural support network in Devon. I provided an overview of what the study is about and the involvement of the behaviour support team in the work.

June 2011 - present:

Youth In Mind, Book reviewer

I have had the opportunity to have written a number of book reviews for the online Website for Youth In Mind and continue to do so. This has been a invaluable experience, keeping up to date with the literature available for parents, teacher, children and services.

May 2009 - May 2011:

Action for Children; Learning Support Assistant

My role involved supporting young people who had learning and behavioural difficulties due to challenging behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. Within the school I supported in the class and out in the community helping the children to develop skills both to improve their level of education but also importantly on an emotional and social level too. I have been able to implement one to one behavioural management intervention programmes and contributed to clinical sessions with the clinical psychologist.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


ACAMH (Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health)


British Psychology Society

Member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology