Stephanie Thompson

B.Sc. Hons., MSc, Ph.D., A.F.B.Ps.S.

Stephanie is a Consultant Psychologist with over 10 years experience. She specialises in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the provision of therapeutic support.

Qualifications and experience in Psychology

Stephanie achieved a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2000; a Masters of Science degree from Birkbeck College, University of London (UK) in 2004 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University College London in 2007.

Stephanie also has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Portsmouth and two years Secondary Education teaching experience on the Isle of Wight. She has enhanced CRB status and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (A.F.B.Ps.S.).

Additional interests, qualifications and continuing professional development

Stephanie was selected to undertake a fully funded Doctoral position to research social and emotional development and the nature of social impairment in Autism at the prestigious Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London (UK). Here she collaborated with many famous names in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research and her publication discussed data concerning age-related increases in emotional complexity processing and response; Burnett, S., Thompson, S. S., Bird, G. & Blakemore, S. J. (2011). Pubertal development of the understanding of social emotions. Learning and Individual Differences, 21(6):681-689.

Stephanie is a core contributor to IWEPS’ ASD assessment for joint NHS/Children’s Services ASD assessments for IW children and families. She has completed Autism Observation Diagnosis Schedule (ADOS) training at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Dublin and is proud of her involvement in IWEPS’ founding and running of the South Wight Support Group of the Isle of Wight branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS). This group is run by IWEPs’ Specialist Autism Support Consultant Caroline Martin on a charitable basis and provides free information/support/advice for people living with ASD. It provides valuable support to individuals, families, schools and communities living with ASD.

Stephanie is passionate about the provision of therapeutic intervention and support for mental health difficulties (e.g. anxiety, depression, eating disorders). She has a wide range of experience including the provision of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Her Majesty’s Prison service, private therapy sessions with adults, young people and individuals with ASD, and mentoring services for children and adolescents in secondary/higher education.

Stephanie is a Governor at The Island Free School.