MA (Hons), Dip Ed Psych, Adv Dip Tchg, Dip Ed, MNZ PsS
An Educational Psychologist must undertake a minimum of six years University study in addition to related work experience. In Fiona’s case, this included a first degree, teacher training, experience as a qualified teacher, and a master’s degree, followed by two years of post-graduate training in Educational Psychology.
Fiona graduated with a Diploma in Educational Psychology from Auckland University in 1996. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Education and Anthropology (Pacific Studies), and a Master of Arts in Education (Specialising in Special Education).
She initially trained as a primary school teacher at Auckland Teachers College, graduating at the end of 1978, and went on to teach for a number of years in Auckland, Dunedin and Palmerston North, across a range of schools (intermediate and secondary) and subject areas. She has had extensive experience as a special needs teacher, and has worked as a support teacher and part time guidance counsellor. During her teaching years Fiona also completed an Advanced Diploma in Teaching and a Diploma in Education (Massey University). During 2000 she completed papers in Neuropsychology at Masters level.
Between 1993 and 2001 Fiona worked for Specialist Education Services (now GSE), developing a specialty in providing services to students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, assessing the needs of students with brain injuries, and assisting schools to assess and apply for assistive technology for students with special learning needs.
In addition Fiona is involved in supporting intern psychologists through their professional year. She has been interviewed for articles in the print media and has appeared on ‘Breakfast’ television.
Fiona is currently working in private practice across Greater Auckland. Much of her work is on contract to ACC, but she also works with students referred by schools, RTLB (Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour), paediatricians and parents. She has an interest in working alongside families, preschools, schools and other educational facilities to meet the needs of students.
Fiona is registered with the Psychological Registration Board under The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, and regularly undertakes professional development to ensure her skills remain updated.